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Obsidian Considering a Kickstart

On a note related to the story above, a tweet from Friday by Obsidian's Chris Avellone asks about interest in a Kickstarter project, pointing to their blog as where to register interest. Apparently this was quite high, as a follow-up tweet says they needed to reconfigure their blog to handle 1000 hits per second following the query (thanks Develop). Word is:

All of Double Fineís success from Kickstarter has been inspiring.

I GUESS PEOPLE LOVE THOSE CLASSIC ADVENTURE GAMES AFTER ALL.*

The idea of player-supported funding is... well, itís proof certain genres arenít dead and sequels may have more legs than they seem. And the idea of not having to argue that with a publisher is appealing.

Out of curiosity, if Obsidian did Kickstart a project, what would you want to see funded? (You can respond in comments or to @ChrisAvellone on Twitter, whichever you prefer.)

* I only use all caps for sarcasm and shouting. And for the Think Tank in Old World Blues for comedy value.

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28. Re: Obsidian Considering a Kickstart Feb 14, 2012, 01:08 commonperson
 
Yifes wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 23:02:
Technically Double Fine didn't make Grim Fandango, or any of Schafer's classic adventure games. If you're going to give Double Fine credit to Schafer's classics, then you need to give Obsidian credit for Urquhart, Avellone and company's classics too, which includes the likes of Icewind Dale, Fallout, and PS: Torment. Now that's an amazing track record, as fine as you can get in the industry.

Not to mention that New Vegas was fantastic, whereas Schafer's latest work has been lacking.

Good point although it's the same front man and designer but I did point out it is a fan favorite (if not a comercial one with the exception of Brutal Legend being neither.) If we restrict it to current projects though you've got several games with limited commercial success but have consitently been critical and fan favorites and they are trying different things with all of their games (ie. their Seasame Street game goes for a different target than say Brutal Legend.) Costume Quest for example is a great game that appeals to everyone and Stacking is really neat if somewhat weird. Oh and Iron Brigade which is just downright fun!

But if you look at Obsidian their developed games are Star Wars: KotOR II broken and fan fixed, NWN 2, NWN 2 Mask of the Betrayer, NWN 2: Storm of Zehir each just trying to fix the broken elements from the previous version. Fallout: NV again by many considered broken (but it was building on a broken foundation,) Alpha Protocl (how many issues with that can I list? Do we have the space?) Dungeon Seige III the best that can be said is boring. So one unique IP everything else licensed or iterating on some one elses work and everything considered by most broken.

So restricting to recent history Double Fine have one terrible flop but a lot of creative ideas and a constant goal of improvement and innovation, Obsidian license other people's ideas try and work with them and break it (Alpha Protocol being the exception even though it was based on the Mass Effect Engine and was in fact the worst of their failures.) I just wouldn't trust them with my money. That being said, I did love some of their old stuff like Torment or Icewind Dale that's something I will never debate. Great games, just they'd have to pull some serious rabbits out of hats to get my faith back as a former supporter.
 
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