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Dream games we'd like to see Kickstarted into reality photo
Dream games we'd like to see Kickstarted into reality
by Maurice Tan

Double Fine's attempt at securing funding for an adventure game that everybody seemingly wants has resulted in a massive crowdsourcing success story in less than a day. It sure didn't hurt that you could basically pre-order a game you trusted to be good, made by the people who are icons in their genre, for the price of what the game would likely end up being. Even if Double Fine Adventure ends up being $10 when it's released, you receive an intriguing insight into its development for an extra $5.

As developers and publishers scratch their heads wondering what this means for the years ahead, we decided to make their lives a little easier. Here are a few titles we'd love to see funded in a similar fashion. Games that are hard to find publisher funding for, even if fans would sacrifice their firstborn to see them realized.

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