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7:00 AM on 11.12.2010

Tim Schafer wants to make Psychonauts 2

I'd like to imagine that today, all around the world, the rabid fans of Psychonauts will read this news and have involuntary muscle spasms of joy. Yes, their master, Tim Schafer, has seen fit to throw his wisdom down fro...

Conrad Zimmerman





10:20 AM on 09.27.2010

Bobby Kotick destroys Schafer for calling him a prick

A while ago, Brütal Legend developer Tim Schafer called Activision CEO Bobby Kotick a prick, following the former publishers attempts to block Electronic Arts from releasing his game. Today, the flame-maned dem...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 08.10.2010

Double Fine taking gamers on a Costume Quest? (Update)

[Update: Well that didn't take long. The game's been announced -- it's a downloadable title being published by THQ. It'll hit Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network in late October. More details here.] It’s already be...

Nick Chester

12:00 PM on 07.15.2010

Double Fine has four games in the pipeline

Double Fine has made Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. That's it, as far as retail is concerned. Now, according to founder Tim Schafer, the studio is currently working on four games. Wait, what!? Since a follow-up to Brutal Lege...

Jordan Devore

6:00 AM on 07.15.2010

Tim Schafer calls criticism of Bobby Kotick 'a mistake'

Yesterday, Double Fine CEO Tim Schafer had some choice words about Activision CEO Bobby Kotick published in an interview with Eurogamer. Words like, "total prick," as an example. After giving a talk at the Develop conference,...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 AM on 07.14.2010

Schafer wants Kotick to stop being a 'total prick'

Doublefine 's Tim Schafer is no fan of Activision. After all, the evil publisher did refuse to publish Brutal Legend, then attempted to block Electronic Arts from publishing it out of sheer maliciousness. It's no wonder, then...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 04.28.2010

Tim Schafer to invade Europe, talk at Develop

Double Fine's Tim Schafer's a funny guy. Great talker. Talented industry veteran. Makes some pretty great, clever games. That's why he'll be giving a game design talk at this year's Develop conference in Brighton. Makes sense...

Nick Chester

7:30 PM on 03.17.2010

GDC 10: Make 'em laugh: Comedy in games

Rhianna Pratchett (Overlord series), Tim Schafer (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend) and Sean Vanaman (Tales of Monkey Island), three of gaming comedy's biggest names, got together to do a panel at GDC this year. The...

Ashley Davis

6:40 PM on 12.04.2009

Double Fine would like to rock more Brutal Legend DLC

Can't get enough Brutal Legend? That's good, because Double Fine may not be done with it just yet.  In a recent post-game-release chat with GamePro, Double Fine's Tim Schafer reveals that the developer is keen on not onl...

Nick Chester

3:00 AM on 11.03.2009

Tim Schafer walks us through the Brutal Legend DLC

The new Brutal Legend DLC, "Tears of the Hextadon", is out this week and is bringing two new maps to multiplayer. To prepare players for the new content, Double Fine's Tim Schafer hosted a multiplayer match on the Death's Fj...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:00 AM on 10.15.2009

Jack Black talks Brutal Legend on Jimmy Kimmel Show

For the past couple of weeks, Jack Black has been going around dressed up as Eddie Riggs from Brutal Legend promoting the game at various venues. His latest appearance as the roadie hero took him on The Jimmy Kimmel Show last...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:20 PM on 10.13.2009

Tim Schafer misses platformers more than adventure games

It’s easy to assume Tim Schafer misses the adventure genre. The man established his name a billion years ago at Lucasfilm Games, at a time when the adventure game was king and Lucas better than the rest. But even after ...

Brad Nicholson





1:40 PM on 10.01.2009

Watch the Brutal Legend Dem-o-thon live now!

The Brutal Legend Demo-o-thon is on now! Well, if it's 12pm PST (3pm EST) you can click the jump and watch it live. So wait, what's going on? Double Fine's streaming a live Brütal Legend video "Demo-o-Thon"...

Nick Chester

2:00 AM on 09.29.2009

Tim Schafer retells the story of how he got his first job

In celebration of hitting his twentieth year of being involved in the games industry, Double Fine's Tim Schafer has posted an insightful, entertaining, and decidedly honest look at what it took for him to push his way in and ...

Jordan Devore



Interview: Picking the brain of Double Fine's Tim Schafer photo
Interview: Picking the brain of Double Fine's Tim Schafer
by Ben Perlee

Tim Schafer. Tim f**king Schafer.

He's a man that most of us know. One of the writers behind The Secret of Monkey Island, and the man behind Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, and Brütal Legend, Schafer has remained on the cutting edge of game narrative and humor. It's with good reason that at the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards, Jack Black decided to chant Schafer's name for a solid two minutes: it's one of the biggest in the industry.

That's why I was so excited when I was faced with this opportunity: a one-on-one interview with the man himself. How could I say no? So I went to the event, played some Brütal Legend, ate some sandwiches, and settled down with the guy.

What did we talk about? Well, you probably already know about stuff like the game's eight-player multiplayer, his commentary on Monkey Island, and the issue of creativity, but I'll let you know: those quotes don't do it justice. We talked about lots of things, from the state of the industry to how things have changed in 20 years. In an industry swathed with secrets and hush-hush/wink-wink attitudes, to talk with someone like Tim Schafer with candor and fun was refreshing. You'll definitely want to take a look at it for yourselves.

Hit the jump for the full interview with Tim Schafer.

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10:00 AM on 08.14.2009

Tim Schafer on creativity: 'Stupid ideas are often the best'

One of the things I did with my interview with Tim Schafer was allow some community members to offer questions to ask the guy. I liked what DaedHead8 and Krow asked: How is Tim able to be so creative, and how does he get thos...

Ben Perlee