Moving on, some of you crazy kids may have heard about this little company called Double Fine. If so, you may have also heard of another little something named Amnesia Fortnight. Well, I had the pleasure of joining in with this year's festivities, and let me tell you, it's pretty quite the interesting experience.
Ever since Humble Bundle came into my life, my bank account has been considerably emptier, but when I first heard about this event, I was a bit "meh" about it. I wasn't sure if I'd be interested in watching the streams of developers creating their games... Don't get me wrong; I find game making really cool. I just wasn't sure if I wanted to pay money for it. Needless to say, Pendleton Ward's participation definitely swayed my money hand... And I'm glad it did.
The streams and documentaries have been really enlightening and fun to watch. The people behind Double Fine are a really lovely bunch of men and women, and it was fascinating watching the process of the simple pitches becoming full blown game prototypes. Speaking of prototypes, that was the second thing that swayed me. I'd never played a prototype before and it seemed so cool to be able to have a say in which of these pitches became playable prototypes. Now, some of them didn't turn out as good as we had hoped, while others surpassed all expectations. I mean, I hated the idea of Dear Leader at first, but that is a good prototype right there. It's pretty much a completed game, in my opinion.
Little Pink Best Buds (the game pitched by Pen Ward) disappointed a lot of people, but to be honest, I find it hard to hate anything that's come out of that guy's noggin. To be fair, it was actually a lot better than the final day's gameplay stream made it look. The ending was so shocking - SO SO shocking. I actually sat back in my chair and covered my mouth in awe as I watched it unfold. It was so disturbing, and that was before I even realized there was MORE to it that I still needed to get to.
I've gotta say I had very high expectations for Steed, and I found it lacking in actual gameplay to try out. Running around in control of the horse was fun for the most part; it had a rather slow and heavy feel to it, but that might have been my computer struggling to process it. As for Mnenomic, it was good - better than I thought at least. I didn't have much of an opinion of it throughout the process because it was the only game other than Dear Leader that I didn't vote for... If it was a full game, I'd definitely buy it though. Hell, I'd buy all of them in a heartbeat.
Overall, Amnesia Fortnight 2014 was a really fun experience, and I really hope they do another one in 2015. I'm hoping to buy the blu-ray if I can get enough funds together after I buy something else more Hideout-related this month... (Stay tuned.) If you'd like to try the prototypes or get access to the documentaries and extra footage, there's still time, so get clicking on the picture above and donate, damn you!