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(semi) recent PSYCHONAUTS press ROUND UP!

Computer Gaming World December 2004 Coverage of our PC version in which I'm quoted saying the word "thing" about nineteen hundred zillion times. And, ladies-- it was written by Evan Shamoon!
Computer Games Magazine February 2005 We're in the "The most anticipated games of 2005!" Which is awesome. My goal is to have Psychonauts NOT win this award next year. Haha. Get it? Get it Majesco? I love you, Majesco.
Electronic Gaming Monthly January 2005 We are one of "The New Contenders!" It's so nice to be new again!
Game Informer December 2004 What? 2004? What's that? I don't remember any such time. Well, there is a rare screenshot in this magazine so get your time machine ready for travel and your eyeballs ready for pleasure.
GamePro February 2005 "Clever is the first word that comes to mind. Maybe brilliant says it better." Might I also suggest, "sexy" and "delicious?"
Official Xbox Magazine January 2005 We are in here, like, three times. Once in an article about how rad Psychonauts is, once in an article about how rad Double Fine is, and once in a short blurb about how rad Tom is because he picked us as a "Power Pick for 2005." If these guys wanted to change the name of the magazine to "Official Psychonauts Magazine" I totally wouldn't sue them. P.S. The word "Rad" is totally coming back. Get ready.
Play Magazine December 2004 Full-page preview. I forgive them for the name spelling thing because the article is big and pretty.
Tips and Tricks December 2004 Something about being in Tips and Tricks makes me feel super-legit. I think I'd feel more legit if they'd start sending me free copies, though.

The following publications exist only in the form of ELECTRICITY, which can be dangerous. But the upside is you can just click on the name there and read the article. Just be careful, Chaka.

GameSpot I talked WAY too much in this article about comedy in games. Hey, bro, you know what's really funny? SILENCE. Well, not really. Unless it's also... DEADLY.
1up Double Fine programmer Anna Kipnis is quoted in this article about women in games, as is our own Majesco Marketeer, Liz Buckley. Psychonauts, strangely, is not mentioned, even though I am told chicks dig it.

I promise. Tomorrow: no real news.
01/12/2005 - 05:59 PM
09/06/15 - 10:09 PM
James 33:
"Nous viens du Wisata Pulau Tidung et je l'aime vraiment jouer à des jeux, en particulier une fois que les jeux de guerre. Ma maison est un outil touristique qui rend de plus en plus encombré de visiteurs tournée quand je joue aux jeux. Afin de ceux d'entre vous laquelle veulent en savoir plus de détails là où nous vis, vous pouvez lire mon article intitulé Paket Pulau Pari"


  ——-Original Message——-
  From: b34rdPHAN
  Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2005 11:14 PM
  Subject: Stop punishing us!

  Okay! Enough already about the Excellent Game Psychonauts. Tell us more about the beard! Don’t you have any pictures??? What does it smell like?

This is just one of a million letters that we have received here at Double Fine that say almost exactly the same thing. I might be forced to make a f.a.q. page about my new beard! What does it smell like? It smells like a combination of my head and my lunch. As far as pictures go… well it makes me feel really funny putting up pictures of my face on line. For free, I mean. But here I go. If you must know what my beard looks like, it looks… a little something… like THIS.

01/09/2005 - 05:52 PM
09/06/15 - 10:11 PM
James 33:
"Nous viens du Wisata Pulau Tidung et je l'aime vraiment pratiquer des jeux, en particulier une fois que les jeux de guerre. Ma résidence est un vecteur touristique lequel rend de plus en plus encombré de visiteurs tournée quand nous joue aux jeux. Pour ceux d'entre vous qui veulent sous savoir environ détails là où nous vis, vous pouvez lire mien article intitulé Paket Pulau Pari"


So, I try to follow my new year’s resolution and post to this here high-profile, opinion-setting, internet destination every day, and now I’m getting complaints that the news items have no meaty Psychonauts news in them. Sheesh! People! You just can’t please people with the internet! And you can’t kill people with the internet either. One or the other would solve all my problems. If you want real news go to  for crying out loud! They spend money on that site! Or go to this secret destination to hear more information.

It’s 1:30 in the morning, so I’m going to have to date this post as Saturday, but really it’s still our Friday work day here at Double Fine. This day is stretching out to infinity, because we are trying to make a build of this game about which I offer no news.

Making a build of The Excellent Game Psychonauts is hard. It’s like catching a beautiful, wild stallion, that’s running free across the verdant hillside, throwing a scratchy rope around its neck and golden mane, whispering in its ear to soothe its fierce thrashing, petting its nose until it settles down, and then lifting it with a big crane into a vat of bleach because it’s covered with hundreds and hundreds of bugs.

And then eating it and selling the hooves as ashtrays. That’s what making a game is like.

01/08/2005 - 05:48 PM
09/06/15 - 10:12 PM
James 33:
"We come from Pulau Tidung and I really like to play games, especially when the games associated with war. My house is a visitor place that makes it increasingly congested with website visitors tour after i play video games. For those of you who want to know more details where I live read my content entitled Paket Pulau Pari"


Okay, after looking at some Indonesian Tsunami damage photos, I now feel really bad for complaining about our little flood yesterday. Yes, my old Adventurer magazines are a little yellow and crinkly now. But I’m alive and the shape of the landmass I live on is still the same so I guess I should just shut up.

Shuttin’ up!

P.S. Hey, Observer. Can you tell that one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to update the Double Fine Action News every day? Maybe you did not realize this because I failed completely on the first day of the year: January 1, 2005. No posting. And none on the second. Furthermore, on the third, we had an all-day lack of success. And one more time on the fourth—total resolution failure. But then on the fifth day my beard was long enough that it could actually reach the ground and drag my unconscious body out of the cold puddle of eggnog I was sleeping in for some reason. It pulled itself up onto my computer keyboard, and typed words! Then it dragged me over to my desk light and held my face up against the hot bulb until the burning smell woke me up. And now here I am! Typing! With no beard help whatsoever! Well, actually, it’s still helping me with the spelling. But still, my new year’s resolution airplane has left the runway, folded up its landing gear, and the people on it can use everything but their cell phones.

That’s how you can tell this is for real, baby. Because it’s starting out slow. Not with a bang, but with a soft sputtering noise, like an old radiator turning on. Sput! News! Sput!

01/06/2005 - 05:47 PM
09/06/15 - 10:13 PM
James 33:
"We come from Pulau Tidung and I want to engage in online games, in particular after the video games associated with war. My house can be a tourist place rendering it increasingly jampacked along with site visitors visit once i enjoy video games. For anyone who want to learn more specifics where I are living you'll be able to go through my personal document permitted Paket Pulau Pari."


This just in: the Double Fine Action News has been updated!
This is it! The words you are reading right now! That’s the update!
Okay, it may not be a big deal to you, but it’s a big deal to me since we are super busy here right now, putting the FINAL TOUCHES on the Excellent Game Psychonauts, and I never have time to update this page. Don’t even mention the Action News Banner. Look it’s still got George Bush and Jay Leno on it. Geeze.

Okay, this actually happened: the office suite above us leaked and dripped down and got all over my old copies of Grim Fandango, Korean Throttle, and that copy of the Adventurer with the monkey jumble in it. Now they’re all bumpy. Thank god the box full of pictures of ME is safe. Damn you, upstairs neighbors! Leaky bastards!

It was from their bathroom too, and so I really don’t even want to talk about it. I never told you about the sewage problems we had in the old building, because I wanted you all to come work here. But let’s just say Double Fine is CURSED with UNWANTED FLOODS and I DON’T know WHY. Ahhh! Even my CAPS LOCK key is MAD NOW!

Beard says: “Kill them. Kill them all! And get this piece of cheese out of me!”

01/05/2005 - 05:44 PM
09/06/15 - 10:14 PM
James 33:
"I originate from Wisata Pulau Tidung and I seriously love to enjoy online games, especially if the online games associated with war. My house is a vacationer position which makes it progressively more jampacked along with website visitors trip after i engage in games. For anybody who would like to learn more information wherever We are living it is possible to study the content entitled Paket Pulau Pari."


I just got the most exciting news ever about Psychonauts: I’m growing a beard!

I think it’s going really well. Two people have already complained and asked me to stop. AND it’s itchy.

I was so excited about the beard, which grows on my face, that I wanted to make a new news banner all about beards, but when I Googleimagesearched for beard pictures, I found this instead. TOTAL. BUZZKILL.

You know, making games, we Funateers have to come up with incredible, brilliant, pure genius solutions to difficult problems all damn day. But it’s okay! Because we are all so effing smart and brilliant and intelligent. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves hard questions like, “Hm, should we swap out the entire game engine the day before the milestone?” And that’s tough, right? But, on the hardest day in games, we never have to wonder, “Well, how about we cut a hole in the guy’s lower eyelid, and then pull a flap of lid skin through it and sew it to his upper lid, until it the skin gets confused and attaches itself there, and then after it heals, let’s cut a new hole so he can look out. How about that? Let’s try that and see if it works!”

See, sometimes I think our job is stressful, but no. At least when we cut holes in people’s eyelids it’s just for fun.

My beard’s thoughts on this subject: “Garrrrg! Grrr! BEARD ANGRY! Rar!”

12/10/2004 - 05:42 PM
09/06/15 - 10:15 PM
James 33:
"Io vengo da Pulau Tidung e mi piace giocare, soprattutto una volta che i giochi successo guerra. La mia casa è un luogo turistico che la rende costantemente più affollato con i visitatori giro quando gioco giochi. Con lo scopo di quelli vittoria voi che vogliono conoscere più particolari in cui vivo si è in grado di leggere il mio pezzo intitolato Pulau Pari"


Two things, possibly related:

Firstly, someone told me they bought the December issue of CGW and didn’t find anything on the Excellent Game Psychonauts in there. It’s possible they are lying. Or someone else is. Maybe me. Hard to tell, but I do love to lie. We have special operatives researching this matter right now. Sit tight.

Second thing: I once had the theme song to WKRP in Cincinnati stuck in my head for FIVE YEARS. I am not kidding. Every time there was a silence, whenever I was trying to go to sleep, whenever I was alone in my car, I heard it. And I’m not talking about the cool end credits. I’m talking, “Baby, if you ever wondered… wondered whatever became of me…” So don’t tell me about your problems, buddy.

11/17/2004 - 05:13 PM
09/06/15 - 10:16 PM
James 33:
"I actually come from Pulau Tidung and I really love to play games, especially once the games associated with war. My house is a tourist place which makes it increasingly crowded with guests tour once i play video games. For those of you who want to know more information where I live read my post entitled Wisata Pulau Pari"


I can’t believe nobody told me that I misspelled “corporate” in that previous post. Are you all against me?

In Psychonauts-related news, if I buy one more sandwich at Safeway, then the next sandwich I buy is free. Since this affects the over-all budget of Psychonauts, it counts as news. Rest-assured, we will be passing the savings on to you.

11/14/2004 - 05:12 PM
09/06/15 - 10:17 PM
James 33:
"Eu venho do Pulau Tidung e eu realmente gosta de jogar jogos, em especial uma vez que os jogos do guerra. Minha casa foi um lugar turístico que torna cada vez muito mais lotados com os visitantes turnê quando eu jogar jogos. Para aqueles de vocês de que querem saber mais pormenores onde eu vivo o visitante pode ler o o artigo intitulado Pulau Pari"


Sometimes when I yawn, the pressure increases in my head so much that I’m afraid my eyeballs are going to pop out. I squeeze my eyelids shut tight, but I can still feel my eyeballs in there, trying to get out. It’s like my eyes are like two pregnant snails, squeezing to give birth.

This happened once to Raul Julia. He said so on Letterman. They just popped out, and he had to push them back in again—his eyes.

Raul’s last movie was Street Fighter. Before it was a movie it was a popular game. Did you know that? It was so popular that they made it into a movie. And the movie was so unpopular, that they made it back into a game again. Making a video game based on a movie based on a video game seemed amazingly weird to me at the time, I remember. Like amazingly, incredibly weird. I thought the world was ending. But everyone around me stayed so calm, I just kept quiet about it.

Until now.

If you enjoyed this story, here are some suggested materials for further reading: Greenway, Theresa (1999). Slugs and Snails as Pets; Raintree Publishers. Brown, David S. (1994) Freshwater Snails of Africa and Their Medical Importance; Taylor & Francis, inc. Cruz, Barbara (1998) Raul Julia: Actor and Humanitarian; Enslow Publishers, Incorporated Street Fighter(R) Anniversary Collection Official Strategy Guide; BradyGames (2004)


11/10/2004 - 05:06 PM
09/06/15 - 10:18 PM
James 33:
"Ich komme aus Pulau Tidung ferner ich liebe, Spiele zu spielen, vor allem, wenn die Spiele dieses Krieges. Mein Haus ist ein touristischer Ort der welt, der es immer überfüllt mit Besuchern Tour, wenn ich Spiele spielen macht. Für diejenigen unter Ihnen, die wollen, um andere Informationen zu erhalten, wo ich lebe Sie glauben Artikel via Titel Pulau Pari lesen wissen"


Okay, everybody have their magazines in hand like I asked? Great. Now put them away and turn on your computer. Make sure you have the internet installed.

Have a grown-up help you with this next step: Check out the online coverage we’ve been getting on internationally feared and respected sources such as GameSpot, GameSpy, and IGN. But don’t watch any of the videos. For one thing, I mumble a lot and and you’d be wasting your time trying to understand what I’m saying because, for the most part, I’m just begging for the interview to be over. Stuff like, “Can I take this mic off? Does that light have to be so bright? Can the camera look at something else while I talk?”

Also, if you watch all those movies you’ll see too much of the game and ruin the surprises. And if you see the video that shows the final cutscene… well, it’s going to affect your experience playing the game if you find out too early that everybody dies in the end from the super flu.  Oh WHOOPS. Spoiler alert! What I meant to say was that everybody MAY OR MAY NOT die from the super flu at the end of Psychonauts. You don’t know. Maybe I leaked that on purpose to misdirect you from the truth, or maybe I leaked it on purpose to make you THINK I wanted to misdirect you from the truth, when in fact that IS the truth. Double reverse psychology. Maybe I am only writing all this stuff to distract you from the fact that I’m breaking into your car right now. You don’t know! How could you know? It’s unknowable!

The point is, you are all my puppets and you will only think what I want you to think, so don’t even try to think anything else. Please.

Now I want you to think about this:  New comics up by Raz and Nathan. None from Scott. Why none from Scott? Well, in his own words, slightly paraphrased, “Nobody likes me or my comics. Everybody likes Raz and Nathan, and hates me and thinks I’m fat.” Wow. Poor guy. Poor body image affects everybody, I guess. Please mail Scott at the action comics hotline and tell him you love his comic, and beg him for more, before he has another bulimic episode. Do not mention anything about his morbid obesity, please. Act like nothing’s wrong, and that he’s totally normal-looking. Don’t stare at his ankles, especially. Most of the build-up there is just stress-related water retention.

11/07/2004 - 05:01 PM
09/06/15 - 10:20 PM
James 33:
"I come from Paket Pulau Tidung and I really love to play games, especially when the games of war. My house is a visitor place that makes it increasingly crowded with site visitors tour after i play video games. For those of you who would like to know more information where I live read my content entitled Pulau Pari"
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