Tim Schafer’s New Game Pitch Faces a Tough, Fuzzy Crowd


Even veteran game designers like Tim Schafer have trouble getting people to fund their newest titles.

Once upon a time, Tim Schafer made games targeted at – and beloved by – the most hardcore of core gamers, like Grim Fandango and Psychonauts. After Brutal Legend didn’t do quite as well on the sales front as one might have hoped, though, Tim Schafer and his studio Double Fine scaled down to the charming little Costume Quest and Stacking.

It should be easy for a man who is so beloved by gamers to get publishers to hear him out on his newest games, right? According to the video here to the right, that couldn’t be further from the truth – sometimes, the suits just don’t listen.

Of course, this is actually a clever little promotional video for Double Fine’s newest game, Once Upon a Monster. It turns out that one of the benefits of making a game about Muppets is being able to shoot videos with the very same Muppets. If I were Tim Schafer, I would want to hang out with Cookie Monster all the time. Lucky bastard.

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