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11:00 AM on 09.20.2012

Russian Borderlands 2 problems officially resolved

Borderlands 2 caused a commotion in the East when it was revealed that Russia and surrounding territories would be forced to buy a locked-down, Russian-only version of the game, despite not being warned before purchase. After...

Jim Sterling




Double Fine reaps over $1 million in under 24 hours! photo
Double Fine reaps over $1 million in under 24 hours!
by Jim Sterling

Rather than slowing down, the donations that gamers are sending Double Fine continue to be sent. For those just joining us, the studio is funding an adventure game through Kickstarter. It cleared its minimum goal of $400,000 in just over eight hours, and has now more than doubled it within 24 hours of initiation. 

Double Fine's game already has more backers than any other Kickstarter project, and the numbers just keep climbing. All funds earned over the now-tiny goal will be put back into the game and accompanying documentary, improving them both. 

The header image in this post, by the way, is already hopelessly outdated. That figure is rising quickly!

The outpouring of support, and the evidence that gamers are more than happy to pay for a product if they like the people making it, is a joy to watch. I am absolutely loving this. 

Double Fine Adventure by Double Fine and 2 Player Productions [Kickstarter]

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Double Fine gets game fully funded in a matter of hours photo
Double Fine gets game fully funded in a matter of hours
by Jim Sterling

Last night, Double Fine announced that it would fund its next project -- an old school adventure game -- through donations from Kickstarter. Less than twenty-four hours after the plan was enacted, the studio has surpassed its goal. 

The aim was to raise $400,000 within thirty-four days, but during the course of a single short evening, over $495,000 was accrued. This morning, I was able to witness the funds go from that figure to $500,663. One backer contributed the grand amount of $10,000, which will earn him or her a dinner with studio head Tim Schafer. Seven people pledged $5,000, while thirty-five tossed $1,000 into the hat.

Smaller amounts were contributed in their thousands, showing just how much love and trust the developer has earned from gamers. The excess funds are going to be put right back into the game and the accompanying documentary, so by earning more money, the game can boost its voiceovers, music, and other features. 

There's your feel-good, positive, this-industry-can-be-amazing-sometimes story for the day. Soak it in, people. 

Oh yeah ... and the donations show no sign of stopping yet.

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Insomniac responds to 4/10 All 4 One review with dignity photo
Insomniac responds to 4/10 All 4 One review with dignity
by Jim Sterling

Moments before yesterday's review of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One went live, I received a message from Insomniac Games via Twitter. It said, "We will still love you, though you realize as a dev it's terrifying knowing Jim S's wit/snark/hate is about to crash down on us."

So yeah, that made me feel bad. 

It's a common misconception that reviewers love to give negative reviews. Perhaps the sociopathic ones do. The rest of us are gamers, and it gives us no joy at Destructoid to have a bad time with a game and then write about it, especially with the rage that follows from both gamers and developers. 

Except in this case, the anger came from only one of those sources and it wasn't Insomniac, a studio that may well be the classiest developer in the whole bloody industry.

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12:15 PM on 09.22.2011

Tommy Wiseau would 'absolutely' direct a videogame movie

The Room director and star of upcoming game series The Tommy Wi-Show, Tommy Wiseau, has stated that he'd "absolutely" like to direct a film based on a videogame property. During our exclusive interview with him on Podtoid, he...

Jim Sterling

10:30 PM on 03.08.2011

Study: Violent videogames can help stop nightmares

It's not every day that one gets to promote a positive study about videogames, so it's with pleasure that I bring you this slice of happiness -- videogames may help some people to cope with nightmares.  Jayne Gackenbach ...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 01.23.2011

Apple takes down stolen game following Internet uproar

Recently we posted about The Blocks Cometh, a Flash game that was stolen and ported to the iPhone without the developer's permission. Apple seemed to do nothing about it, so Destructoid kicked up a stink, which was then notic...

Jim Sterling

12:40 PM on 06.10.2010

Help MLB 10 The Show donate to cancer research

SCEA, MLB, and the Stand Up to Cancer organization have all partnered up for a new program that will bring money to cancer research. You're part of the plan too, dearest gamer. SCEA says that they will donate $10 to SUtC for ...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 05.11.2010

My day with the MLB 2K10 perfect game $1 million winner

This year, 2K Sports decided to do something unprecedented to market their baseball game, Major League Baseball 2K10 -- in an effort to highlight the game’s improved pitching system, they offered a $1 million cash prize...

Samit Sarkar

1:00 PM on 06.07.2009

97% of teens play videogames, remaining three are in comas

Did you know that videogames were kind of a big deal? Evidently they're immensely popular with teenagers these days. Those younguns don't know how the games will rot their brains and eat their souls so they play them. In fact...

Matthew Razak

8:55 AM on 03.07.2009

Call of Duty stopped Rabbi being scared of Nazis

Remember when you were a kid and thought that a Nazi lived under your bed, so your parents had to scare it away? Maybe that was just me, but I know that at least one person still grew up with a fear of Ze Germanz, and that wa...

Jim Sterling





1:00 PM on 01.23.2009

Study: Everything about videogames is bad

A new study fresh out of Utah is claiming that there are no positive side effects of videogames whatsoever, and that even non-violent gaming has a negative impact on your life. That's right, every single videogame is now bad ...

Jim Sterling

5:31 PM on 04.23.2008

Dear Namco & Interplay, don't screw up

Dear Namco & Interplay,You may be wondering why I am addressing this humble letter to both of you, for on the surface, you have nothing to do with each other. You are two completely different companies in two completely d...

Jim Sterling

3:51 PM on 03.20.2008

The Podcastle episode 08: Why it's good to be a European gamer

Somehow we managed it, but we've constructed an entire show about how good it is to be a European gamer. Actually, that's a total lie. Wardrox came up with fifteen reasons and we absolutely destroyed them because we are so aw...

Jim Sterling

8:11 AM on 03.14.2008

Manhunt 2 UK ban is lifted! Let the controversy begin anew

As you should know, we have been covering the BBFC's ban of Manhunt 2 for the past year, from the original decision, to Rockstar's appeal, and the BBFC's counter. Well, it seems that freedom of expression has won out, as the ...

Jim Sterling

8:02 PM on 11.13.2007

Interview with Surfer Girl, darling tipster of the industry underground

If you've had your ear to the ground, then you're probably aware of the feisty diva of gossip and news who splashed onto the videogame press scene this year. Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars has quickly become one of my favorite...

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