What happens when a bunch of talented people get together to try and decide to update a game they love? If you're lucky a few screenshots, a news update or two, and then silence. But every so often something miraculous happens.
Today a group of Double Fine fans, calling themselves Derelict Games, released an unofficial v1.07 patch for Spacebase DF9, bringing out the following cool new features:* Bug Fixes!
* 2 new O2 Generators!
* 2 new Power Generators!
* A new Jukebox for the Bar!
* Squads! allows for multiple teams of security to handle multiple areas simultaneously
* New Events! none of the same boring ones over and over again.
* Many new sicknesses! be prepared for space dysentery and the dreaded THING!
* Janitors! let them get rid of the dead bodies piling up because doctors are too lazy!
* Better Modability! code changes mean making your characters more easily modded!
* Garden Pods no longer require empty space around them! nomnomnom
A v1.08 patch is apparently not far off, and after they're done with Spacebase DF9, who knows? They're talking about the possibility of releasing their own games. Like I said, miraculous.
The v1.07 Spacebase DF9 patch is available now from Spacebase Hub, with the source code release coming soon.
Broken Age is also currently 66% off on Steam, and is available in a bundle with the soundtrack and documentary here.In addition, the Free Games in October For PlayStation Plus Members will include Broken Age for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
Hot! It's all part of this new show format that IGN is trying out, and they certainly picked the right debut guest.
So watch Tim listen to questions and then subsequently answer them so convincingly, you'll swear it's not CGI!
That's the thing with downtime, isn't it? We have an excuse not to do anything.
These days, of course, downtime is no longer a "thing" (he says, daringly), and we are forever indebted to you for having made that happen. Therefore we are starting our lives in servitude by catching up with days of yore. Today: a summation-opinion of the three last Tales from the Borderlands episodes.
(Tomorrow: probably nothing, and we're already getting ready to catch up with the catching upping.)
However, Double Fine is giving them away in a contest, so now if you didn't get to attend PAX, you have a chance to win them. It is a beauty contest, modeled after the pet human Beauty contest in the game. Submit a video or pictures and audio to win. Contestants will be judged on best hair, best smile, and best laugh. One winner will win both the purple tentacle and green tentacle posters, signed by Tim Schafer. Runners up will win the green tentacle poster, also signed by Tim.Hurry though, as the contest ends "Monday or therabouts" at the end of the month.
Bob Gale has revealed that the upcoming Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition will feature Tom Wilson as the voice of all the Tannen characters, replacing the previous voice work, as well as enhanced graphics.
The new edition will be released on October 13th for PS4, XBox One, XBox 360 and PC.
You can watch Bob Gale talk about it here.
Thanks to Shmargin for the tip off!
Sources inside Double Fine have revealed that the upcoming Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition will only feature new art assets.
This means that it won't be using any of the Singapore artwork created for the abandoned LucasArts Special Edition, which was rumoured to have been 80% complete at the time of its cancellation (but which Double Fine refuse to acknowledge the existence, or non-existence, of).
The new Special Edition is due out sometime next year, and will feature newly recovered higher quality audio dialogue, a team commentary, higher resolution graphics, and undoubtedly lots of other things that have yet to be revealed.
Double Fine have stated that we will be seeing more of the game before of the end of the year, which hopefully means tomorrow, but probably means December.
Fig is different in the other crowdfunding sites, in that not only is it focused on just video game projects, but that it will have expert curation, so only a few projects will be showcased at once to prevent over saturation. It will also allow both crowdfunding and the ability for investors to invest in the project as well. So, the fact that investors are involved in these projects is known up front.Even though Justin Bailey is no longer with Double Fine, Tim Schafer is on the board of directors, along with Feargus Urquhart and Brian Fargo. The only project on the service right now is Outer Wilds, which is currently at 118,000 of it's $125,000 goal with 3 days left to go.
Ron collected a few thoughts commemorating this occasion on his blog.
He also can't help but reference Monkey Island 3a, which is unfortunate.
Other than that, it's a good read. Pictures included!
At their PAX booth this year, Double Fine will be selling two Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition posters signed by Tim.
This new Mojo that you guys paid for doesn't seem to be able to let me upload images, so check out the posters on the Double Fine Action News instead
It would be cool if these showed up at the company store some day, but there could be rights issues involved with that. I believe a similar legal snag has held up the release of the Grim Fandango Remastered soundtrack..
Even more intriguing is the Amazon listing which includes Tom Wilson as Biff Tannen. We'll just have to wait to see if this a mistake on their part, or if Telltale managed another Earl Boen situation and plans to re-release the game with the original actor in the role.
That said, nothing has been confirmed by Telltale yet about this new release, so we'll also have to wait to see if this 30th anniversary edition comes out at all. For what it's worth, Amazon has the release date listed as October 13, 2015.
Fancy yourself some Manny Calavera toys? Of course you possibly do, and now you can get some without paying for them. Cubeecraft has this.… cut-out… thingie for your cut-and-assemble pleasure, for those looking for paper toys on the cheap.
Make today a Grim Fandango arts and crafts day!
Double Fine was founded in July 2000 - on Tim's birthday - to create its first game. That game was released in 2005. Naturally, a project in development for that long is gonna have some production tales worth writing about, which Gamasutra's Game Developer Magazine (discontinued) did when they published a postmortem for Psychonauts, scribed by then Double Fine producer Caroline Esmurdoc, back in August 2005.
I can remember reading it, but apparently a full version has never been thrown online before, or so Gamaustra says in the convenient web version they published yesterday in honor of the game's tenth (!!) anniversary. Check it out!
You can find them over at the Double Fine forums. We haven't gotten any audio/visual of Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition just yet, but some of these responses - a combination of reflections about the original game and details about the remaster, will whet your appetite and then some. My personal favorites:
Are there uncompressed voice recordings from the original game? Will they be used? - d_Stilgar
Matt: Yes. There are. We found the original DAT tapes from the recording session and we’ve painstakingly gone through and re-edited the sessions to pull out high quality audio for the voice, which is what we will be using for the special edition!
Any cool discoveries (that you can talk about) this time [regarding interesting things found in the game’s data files]? Maybe Grossman nonchalantly revealing the Secret of Monkey Island somewhere? Remnants of lost puzzles? - Alfred J
Matt: We did find out one interesting thing actually, about Ben!
Spaff: Oh yeah! Whilst reading through Tim’s DOTT notebooks I spotted reference to one ‘Ruben Throttle’ - Was this Ben Throttle’s full name? I asked Tim and he confirmed it was. That’s a fun fact in and of itself, but it gets better. in 2001 or so my friend Jake and I asked Tim if Hoagie was Ben’s brother, and he said something along the lines of “how did you know that!?”. When I asked him about the Ruben Throttle thing, Tim brought up his relationship with Hoagie again and said “their mom named them both after sandwiches”. So there you go!
Eddie Riggs is clearly related to them somehow too, but maybe as a cousin or something seeing as he doesn’t have a sandwich name? Unless Eddie Riggs is a stage name, hmmmm.
I don't know about related, but Hoagie definitely namedrops "my friend Eddie" at some point...I think when looking at the horse in hallway? Oh, and I'm jazzed to hear they uncovered the original recordings. It was possibly my biggest concern, because that MONSTER.SOU file doesn't leave a lot of breathing room.
Now stop consuming everything Buzzfeed-style and go read all of the team's responses. Spaff spent a lot of time on it. >:
With the Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition just around the corner, it might be time for you to familiarize yourself with the commonly held American history myths that DOTT makes reference to.
With this in mind, Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker has stepped in, and created a helpful Day of the Tentacle History Lesson for non-Americans to help you appreciate the American folklore and jokes (and puzzles) in the game.
Get reading now (although don't necessarily use what you learn in a history exam -- Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman weren't big on historical accuracy!)