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Double Fine making a Kinect Sesame Street Game
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Double Fine making a Kinect Sesame Street Game

Double Fine is making a Kinect Sesame Street game. That's pretty much all you need to say to confirm the weirdest mash-up of development houses and cultural IPs. But it's true! Double Fine, best known for games like Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and recent downloadable titles like Stacking and Costume Quest, is now stepping into the casual market with the family friendly Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster. Working with Warner Brothers, Once Upon a Monster is a Kinect title deisgned for cildren in mind (duh). Lots of jumping, dancing and that sort of stuff will keep kids entertained. I think it's cool and all, but dang, it's crazy! When did Double Fine become a purveyor of liscensed games? I guess today is the day! Read More

Even Quantic Dream Is Amazed Heavy Rain Succeeded
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Even Quantic Dream Is Amazed Heavy Rain Succeeded

All throughout development Heavy Rain felt like it was going to be one of those games that was brilliant but unappreciated. Snooty gamers were prepared to lump it into the category of "games I played but you didn't; which makes me better than you" alongside the likes of Psychonauts and Beyond Good and Evil. But a funny thing happened on the road to obscurity, Heavy Rain sold like bonkers, and what was once believed to be an art house game quickly turned into a giant blockbuster. Turns out, it's not just consumers who were surprised by the title's positive reception, even the company that made the game was shocked. Cage's comments after the break. Read More

New Downloadable Game from Double Fine, Costume Quest, Revealed
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New Downloadable Game from Double Fine, Costume Quest, Revealed

  While they have yet to find much sales success, developer Double Fine, headed up by Tim Schafer, has quickly become one of the industry's most beloved developers thanks to offbeat titles like Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Now, he's back with a new downloadable adventure set to be released by THQ, Costume Quest. While one would think that Costume Quest would be the twisted brainchild of Schafer himself, it's not: The game's designer is actually Tasha Harris, Double Fine's lead animator. Even so, the game has the developer's unique look and feel, and could turn out to be one of the year's best downloadable games.  Read More

What Inspired Tim Schafer to Move Beyond Point-and-Click?
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What Inspired Tim Schafer to Move Beyond Point-and-Click?

Recently, Destructoid had the opportunity to sit down with Brütal Legend creator Tim Schafer for a rather lengthy interview. A progenitor of point-and-click adventure games such as The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, he has more recently moved on to more traditionally action-styled fare. During the interview, Schafer was asked about whether or not he might ever return to such roots, and in answering the question, he also revealed what inspired him to move from making PC games to console games such as Psychonauts. Read More

The Brütal Legend Roundtable with Tim Schafer
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The Brütal Legend Roundtable with Tim Schafer

Earlier this week, Kombo was invited to partake in a roundtable discussion with Double Fine President and Brütal Legend Creative Director Tim Schafer. Fun was had by all as we discussed the game, his dark secrets and inner demons, and where to get a really good barbecue pulled pork sandwich. Okay, not that last one (though I sort of wish I had). And the dark secrets question came from another guy. Still, we had our turn, and he answered our questions. See what was discussed in our transcript of the conversation after the cut. Read More

Media: Tim Schafer Guides Us Through Brütal Legend's First 17 Minutes
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Media: Tim Schafer Guides Us Through Brütal Legend's First 17 Minutes

Tim Schafer has put together a whopping 17-minute narration of The Legend of Brütal-- er, I mean Brütal Legend, which basically gets right into the gameplay and follows through the first stage. And honestly? It looks great. There's not much more I can say here than "just watch." Video Games | Brutal Legend | Tim Schafer Introductory WalkthroughXBox 360 | Playstation 3 | Nintendo Wii I'm not exactly a "metal" person in the strictest sense, though I do have an appreciation for some of it. Nonetheless, I find this game to be just plain silly... and I love it. I can't wait to see more, and "Rocktober" the 13th can't seem to come soon enough. I just hope the added star power of Jack Black might be enough to help make this a greater success than Psychonauts was. Read More

Media: Brütal Legend - Brütal Thoughts, part III
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Media: Brütal Legend - Brütal Thoughts, part III

In the third part of "Brütal Thoughts," a series of behind-the-scenes videos from behind the scenes of Brütal Legend, Jack Black introduces us to Mr. Meat Bones, a "real-life roadie that can thrill you with stories from his exciting life." Video Games | Brutal Legend | Brutal Thoughts Part IIIXBox 360 | Playstation 3 | Nintendo Wii ...wow, Mandy Moore, huh? Well, she'd probably be easier on the eyes than Sabbath, anyway, but I doubt as exciting to be around. Schafer's latest looks more and more like a blast every time I see it. Here's hoping that it turns out better than Jack Black's attempt to stir up hype, and does better than Psychonauts did. For the first two parts, click here (warning, it's kind of gross at the end) and here. Read More