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You can vote on Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight 2014 games

Double Fine Productions is opening up its annual internal two-week game jam, Amnesia Fortnight, to the public again this year through the Humble Bundle website, the studio announced today. Amnesia Fortnight, which Double Fine started doing in 2007, is a period during which everyone at the studio stops what they're doing and breaks off into small teams to develop games in two weeks. A number of Double Fine's recent games, including Costume Quest, Stacking and Spacebase DF-9, originated as Amnesia Fortnight prototypes. Double Fine began asking fans to vote on Amnesia Fortnight projects in 2012: People can spend a minimum of $1 to vote on the ideas that get prototyped, and watch them being developed in documentary videos made by 2 Player Productions. Donors can split their contributions...

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Stacking, Darksiders, more discounted on Xbox Live

This week, the Xbox Games Store is offering discounts on a number of titles published by Nordic Games, such as Double Fine Productions' Stacking and Vigil Games' Darksiders series, Microsoft announced today. Here's the full list: Arcania - $6.59 (67 percent off) Arcania: Fall of Setarrif - $3.29 (67 percent off) Darksiders - $6.59 (67 percent off) Darksiders 2 - $19.79 (67 percent off) Darksiders 2: Argul's Tomb - $2.30 (67 percent off) Darksiders 2 Death Rides Pack - $2.30 (67 percent off) Darksiders 2 Season Pass - $6.59 (67 percent off) MX vs. ATV Reflex - $4.99 (75 percent off) Painkiller: Hell and Damnation - $14.99 (50 percent off) Stacking - $7.49 (50 percent off) Wheel of Fortune - $9.99 (50 percent off) Last April, Nordic acquired a vast number of games...

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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Nov. 27

Microsoft explains why there is no Halo at Xbox One launch Halo didn't make an appearance alongside the Xbox One because of Microsoft's decision to release Halo 4 last year. According to corporate vice president Phil Spencer, the team would have had to begin development two to three years ago. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hitting mobile next month Rockstar will release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Amazon Kindle next month. The game features new touch controls, updated visuals and full controller support. Double Fine acquires Costume Quest and Stacking rights, retail releases coming The rights to Costume Quest and Stacking are now under Double Fine's wing. The developer is teaming up with previous rights holder Nordic Games to release retail...

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Double Fine acquires Costume Quest and Stacking rights, retail releases coming

Double Fine Productions now owns the publishing and distribution rights to the downloadable games Costume Quest and Stacking, and the studio is teaming up with the previous rights holder, Nordic Games, for retail versions in 2014, the companies announced today. Costume Quest (2010) and Stacking (2011) were originally published by THQ, and the company held the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade rights when it filed for bankruptcy in December 2012. (Double Fine retained ownership of the intellectual property for both titles.) Double Fine was "optimistic" about getting the rights back and attempted to do so, but Nordic Games took control of them as part of a $4.9 million acquisition during THQ's second bankruptcy auction this past April. "I am pleased that we have regained full...

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GOG sale lets you bundle five games and save 80 percent

A sale on GOG.com allows buyers to bundle five games of their choosing and save 80 percent off the total price. Check out the online retailer's website, where you can pick up the discounted games games like Alan Wake for $5 (regularly $29.99), Amnesia: The Dark Descent for $4 (regularly $19.99), Omerta: City of Gangsters and all downloadable content for $5 (regularly $29.99) Stacking for $2 (regularly $14.99) and Torchlight for $2 (regularly $14.99), among many others. According to the sale's countdown clock, the discounts will last through next Sunday, Sept. 15.

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Amazon store arrives for indie games

Amazon today launched a storefront dedicated to indie games, along with a raft of promotional deals. The Indie Games Store is a new category nested in the Digital Video Games Store. It features the likes of Don't Starve, FTL and The Bridge. In an Amazon blog post, technical evangelist Peter Heinrich explained that the initiative is designed to "specifically help indie game developers with promoting their PC, Mac, and browser-based games while helping gamers discover a large and growing selection of innovative indie games." He added, "Powerhouse game studios don't hold a monopoly on inventiveness or creativity, and some of the best games of all time were created on a shoestring by two or three people with a shared vision. It's hard to get noticed, though. If you're an indie game...

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Humble Double Fine Bundle now includes eight Amnesia Fortnight prototypes, documentary

The good folks at Humble Bundle added nine pieces of bonus content to the Humble Double Fine Bundle today, including eight prototypes that came out of the studio's well-known Amnesia Fortnight sessions. The Humble Double Fine Bundle launched a week ago with a pay-what-you-want price for Psychonauts, Costume Quest and Stacking; those who pay more than the average will receive a copy of Brutal Legend as well, with all games available on Windows PC, Mac or Linux. Buyers also have the option of contributing $35 to become a "slacker backer" of Double Fine's Kickstarted adventure game, Broken Age, or $70 to receive a special Humble Double Fine Bundle T-shirt on top of everything else. Amnesia Fortnight is Double Fine's name for its periodic internal game jams, in which small teams split off...

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Double Fine seeking Stacking, Costume Quest rights for 'emotional attachment,' says Tim Schafer

Double Fine wants to acquire the distribution rights for Costume Quest and Stacking, not just for business reasons, but more importantly, because the company has an "emotional attachment" to the games, studio head Tim Schafer told Polygon this weekend. THQ published Costume Quest (2010) and Stacking (2011), and retained the distribution rights to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade versions of the titles. In a brief interview after giving the closing keynote at the inaugural Twofivesix conference, Schafer confirmed that Double Fine attempted to pick up the rights from the now-bankrupt publisher; the studio told Polygon in February that it was "optimistic" about doing so. However, the rights went to Nordic Games last month when the company acquired almost all of the THQ...

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Double Fine Humble Bundle brings Brutal Legend, Costume Quest and more to Windows, Mac and Linux

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Double Fine Productions, stuffing in Psychonauts, Costume Quest and Stacking into one pay-what-you-want, DRM-free package for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. And for those PC gamers who pay more than the average, Double Fine and Humble Bundle will throw in Brutal Legend as well. Included in the bundle is the soundtrack to Psychonauts and, for those who beat the average, the original soundtrack to Brutal Legend. And, as long as contributors kick in a dollar or more, Double Fine will offer Steam codes for those games. Double Fine is further sweetening its Humble Bundle deal by adding two flat price options. Those who contribute $35 or more will also become backers of Double Fine's Kickstarter-funded adventure game Broken Age. Those who contribute $70 or...

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The future of Darksiders, Red Faction and THQ's other IP at Nordic Games

"I've seen bad experiences with trying to handle creative people," said Wingefors, self-described entrepreneur and owner of Nordic Games Group and Wingefors Invest. "So we don't have any internal developers and I don't intend to." Typically that wouldn't be a problem for a game distributor, but as of yesterday afternoon unofficially, and next month officially, Wingefors' Nordic Games will be the owner of more than 150 individual titles, rights to titles and video game franchises, each the beloved orphan of THQ's steady disintegration. It will be up to Wingefors and his business team in Austria to decide what to do with the likes of MX Vs. ATV, Darksiders, Red Faction, Deadly Creatures, Destroy All Humans, Supreme Commander, Titan Quest, and the list goes on and on. Does he plan to...

Stacking Releases
North America
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 02/08/2011
    • Publisher THQ
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 02/09/2011
    • Publisher THQ
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
  • Windows
    • Released 03/06/2012
    • Publisher THQ
    • Developer Double Fine Productions
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