Yesterday, Double Fine Productions launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new old-school adventure game. The goal was $400,000. In less than 24 hours, the campaign has pulled down $880,000, and the dollars just keep rolling in.
There are two important things going on here.
First, Double Fine is a company founded by Tim Schafer, one of the brilliant minds behind classic LucasArts adventure games like Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle. Joining him in the creation of this crowd-funded game will be Ron Gilbert, the man behind Maniac Mansion and the first two Secret of Monkey Island games. Whenever this game is released, expect it to be hilarious.
Second, despite media jerks like myself decrying the death of the adventure game genre over the past decade, it is very apparent that people still have affection for those point-and-click games. If nothing else, this should convince publishers like EA and Activision that there is a market for games that don't focus exclusively on busty martial artists or hyper-macho gun-toting military folk.
If you want to get in on the action, visit the Kickstarter page sometime in the next month and throw down some cash. The rewards on offer are pretty solid, and a mere $15 donation will net you a copy of the final game.