If anyone ever speaks about Double Fine in a negative light in front of you, slap them and brand them so we might all mock them forever. Double Fine's latest astoundingly rad idea is here. Amnesia Fortnight, the development studio's two week festival of brainstorming and prototyping, is being opened to the public. Through a partnership with the Humble Bundle, everyone can help decide which of Double Fine's ideas get demos made, and then get to play them too!
Basically it starts out like this, over 20 of Double Fine's employees sketch out concepts for games they'd love to see made. Each of these concepts get's a concept video, all of which are live on the Humble Bundle website. The videos are are ultimately digested and the best four are regurgitated for prototyping, and from there full games are born like Costume Quest, Stacking and Iron Brigade. This year, however, they're turning the whole process public. Everyone can vote on their favorite concept video, the winners of which will become the prototypes. The process of creating these will be live streamed, and the resulting products will be available to download for those that contribute.
Oof, it all seems rather complicated, but basically it boils down to watching Double Fine brew up some ideas for their next big game. If you're down with that and want to support them, toss in a few bucks for charity, or just to encourage Double Fine to keep doing awesome things like this in the future.
Just because I find the entire thing so incredible, here's a list of the 23 concepts Double Fine has posted as potential prototypes for this Amnesia Fortnight:
- Primordial Slime: "A game where you squish and stretch a ball of slime and fling it through a maze of physics puzzles."
- Bad Golf: "A multiplayer golf game where players get to recklessly drive carts in between their shots.
- The Knockover: "A card game in which you will plan and recruit a team to pull off heists."
- Kaiji Piledriver: "A Godzilla inspired rogue-like action game where you control a giant rubber-suited monster destroying corporate cities."
- Rebot's Reboot: "A strategic 2D platformer in which you have to program a robot to navigate through the environment.
- Cloud Prix: "A multiplayer racing game where you grapple and rappel between dynamic 3D clouds."
- Spacebase DF-9: " In Spacebase, you'll build a space station where aliens live and work, and watch stories emerge from their simulated lives."
- Battle Bros.: "A rogue-like brawler."
- Black Lake: "A action adventure game through the waking dreams of animals lost in a folk tale forest."
- Turk: "A unique puzzle game where you remake visual and semantic connections to travel through a recursive photo mosaic."
- Echelon: "A cross between text adventure and radio plays where you capture and analyze top secret surveillance reports."
- Critterverse: "Solve top down 2D action puzzles to rescue amazing creatures across the galaxy."
- Shine Run: "A 3D game where you make and deliver moonshine in a customizable car while earning achievements for stunts performed while driving."
- Hack 'n Slash: "A young elf uses her hacking skills to cheat her way through a classic action adventure."
- Zumbi Chained: "A co-op brawler where you fight together, and you're chained together."
- Flopulous: "A 100% physics driven platformer about the dramatic escape of a self-inflating blob."
- Silent But Deadly: "A smell-based stealth game where you have to escape an office building after you've pooped your pants."
- Bragging & Fighting: "You and your friends talk some shit, get into trouble, and then try to fight or lie your way out of it."
- The White Birch: "An ambient platform game in which a young girl climbs a tower to escape a dark hazardous forest."
- The Flock: "An online multiplayer game about bird migration."
- Double Fine High: "A head to head puzzle fighter with characters from our past games as rival high schoolers."
- Autonomous: "A first person sandbox construction game set in a futuristic junkyard world."
- Milgrim: "A 3D platformer not unlike Mario, but you're the bad guy so you construct the levels."
They all look so good! Make them all, Double Fine!