"Double Fine does care about PC Gamers," and more common sense 25 Nov, 2010 / 6 comments

After presumably losing The Tingler's cell phone number, Tim Schafer updated the online Double Fine Q&A to address a certain subject that is quite touchy amongst The Tingler PC gamers:

As a developer we do not have final say in the sku plan for our games. That is the decision of the person investing the money, i.e. the publisher. We have much of the technology in place to produce PC versions of all these games, but there is still some more work required to make them shippable and that costs money. So far, our publishers have not elected to fund that work. Not because they hate PC Gamers, but because they don't see enough financial reward. Double Fine does care about PC Gamers, and we always push for a PC version, and will continue to do so in the future. If we ever get super stinking rich here, with enough money to fund PC versions of our games, then we will go back and make them ourselves! Oh man, wouldn't that be cool?

I reprint what was implicit to all us due to the fact that this was for some reason picked up as a story on Gamasutra, and any debate in the comments there might be of more interest than the ones indigenous to The International House of Three Readers.


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    GozzoMan on 26 Nov, 2010, 09:10…

    The Tingler

    Personally I just want Psychonauts on Nintendo 3DS...

    Second! :D
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    The Tingler on 26 Nov, 2010, 01:31…
    Personally I just want Psychonauts on Nintendo 3DS...
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    fov on 25 Nov, 2010, 23:01…
    I like how the first paragraph of the Gamasutra article puts "cares" and "financial rewards" in quotes. I can just picture Tim making the finger quotes as he says it.
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    Capn_Nacho on 25 Nov, 2010, 19:09…
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    tredlow on 25 Nov, 2010, 16:50…
    Double Fine doesn't care about Nintendo 64 Gamers.
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    The Tingler on 25 Nov, 2010, 14:45…
    I should make it absolutely clear to Tim and all those at Double Fine (because I know you're reading! Hello!) that while I complain bitterly about the continual lack of PC games coming from them, I realise that this is entirely a publisher decision. It's a wrong one, but one I don't blame Double Fine for.

    I'll still keep complaining, and crying, but it's all in general. Double Fine - you are not the brunt of my anger. I love you guys, and I just want to play your games. Since October 2009 that has not been possible, barring Psychonauts.

    Have I mentioned that I own four copies of Psychonauts, three of which are the PC version?

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