Alternatively, buy a Double Fine game (or several) to someone that would probably not buy it for themselves, but who would actually enjoy them. Not only are you giving money to Double Fine, you’re also potentially creating a new Double Fine fan. Best case scenario, they could, in turn, spread the DF fandom to their acquaintances.
At least that’s the angle I usually go with these things (not just Double Fine), and it has turned out quite well in several different cases. The best part is that DF’s current game catalog touches a whole lot of genres, so it’s not particularly hard to find the right game for someone if you know their tastes well.
But is there something that we could put in the store that you would buy?
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Naa .. I’m not into trinkets .. I don’t think there’s any physical memorabilia that I would want. Even though I still have my DOTT triangular box
But more seriously, I would pay for a DRM-Free version of ‘The Cave’!
I wanted to play it, but I didn’t want to give any money to the evil Steam DRM machine.
So I have obtained an ... ahm .. ‘unofficial’ DRM-Free version and umm ... ‘play-tested’ it. Great game!
I’ve made a $15 Donation to DF, coz I wanted the money to go to Ron and to the team that made ‘The Cave’ not to Steam and SEGA
( I’ve used the link above so I think my money would go to DFA, but I figure it’s all good as long as it goes to DF)
Anyway, back to your question ... so if you ever have a DRM-Free version of ‘The Cave’ in the store I would (re)purchase that
As I’m currently looking for a new mousepad, I’ve been thinking that it would actually make for a nice store item or DFA-specific “donation reward”. It hasn’t been offered as a reward during the kickstarter and would fit the theme really well (Reds being a point-and-click-adventure).
For The Cave you should totally do something with those amazing environment artworks. The character figurines are nice, but isn’t The Cave about The Cave?
also how do you guys feel comfortable donating to a for-profit company? all you’re doing is paying for tim’s expensive vegetable diet. he should have to eat mac & cheese with the rest of us!
I don’t have any problem giving money to a for-profit company if I believe in what they are doing and if their product is something that I feel will add something desirable to the world. Whether it’s Doublefine or oxfam makes little difference.
You cannot go into the argument of what the entity does with the money, because if you go down that path you get into pointless reasoning.
Mac & cheese might lead to health problems which means no Doublefine games while Tim’s vegetable diet might be what’s keeping him happy and productive.. processes are very complex interdependent things and you cannot break them down into single elements like that.
If a company as a whole is moving in a direction that contributes to my world view I trust them to spend money towards whatever they believe will move forward what they want to achieve.
If Doublefine believes that vegetable diets for all the staff or daily pedicures or whatever, contributes to making great games then YAY for that!
PS: Technically I didn’t make a donation, I paid them what I ‘owe’ them. It will become a donation only when they release ‘The Cave’ DRM-free and I buy that