The Folks at Double Fine Are a Crazy Inventive Bunch

I’m a little behind on this one, somebody showed me the pitch video just yesterday, and voting closes quite soon – today, in fact! But it’s still worth discussing, as there’s more to Amnesia Fortnight than just voting.

With their Amnesia Fortnight, Double Fine are doing something quite different, pitching 23 unique game ideas and asking fans and contributors to decide which get made. More than that, though, they’ll be livestreaming parts of the prototype development process. If you donate as part of the Humble Bundle, you’ll be able to download these prototypes when they’re finished. Pretty simple stuff, and you’re not paying much for access to some very interesting ideas.

Take a look at the pitches below.

Double Fine’s Amnesia Fortnight Pitches from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.

There’s quite a range to these ideas. Some of them are quite serious (The White Birch, in particular), whereas others are about a guy pooping his pants. With all of these ideas, there’s a lot of charm, and a big part of that is drawn from the presentation, in how these games are pitched. There is as much variety in the way each gamed is pitched as there is in the actual game ideas. Some present their ideas quite formally, or directly, others choose to sing about their idea. A few use concept art to communicate their vision, others use intentionally bad photoshopped images, or early game footage.

The whole event is permeated by this grand sense of fun. It’s a great way of showcasing talent. I probably shouldn’t be surprised by Double Fine, but the amount of ideas, the variety, and their quality was something I was (pleasantly) surprised by.

Amnesia Fortnight has seen some serious success in the past. Both Costume Quest and Stacking were born from these events, so voting carries a bit of weight to it now. It’s quite possible that one of these ideas could be fully realised one day.

Only the top four ideas will be worked on when the voting ends tonight. At the moment, there are four clear winners: Hack n’ Slash, Spacebase DF-9, The White Birch, and Autonomous. It doesn’t look like, with less than ten hours left to vote, there’ll be any changes there.

Still, a lot of the other ideas are worth discussing. I was quite interested in Bragging & Fighting, for example, and I’m a bit sad that one wasn’t so greatly received. I also thought the idea of Milgrim was a unique take on something familiar. When it comes down to voting in something like this, it’s ridiculously difficult!

Which were your favourites?

One comment

  1. This excites me just being a huge Double Fine fan. We need more Brutal Legend though…

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