Kickstarter has been the way for a ton of different projects and products to use the "crowd sourcing" method to raise money. There have been some very impressive tech products, games, movies and more funded by Kickstarter's web site. None of them, however, have even come close to what happened this week.
On Wednesday, game developer Double Fine anounced their own Kickstarter project. Their goal was to raise a rather substantial amount of money, $400,000, in 33 days to fund the development of a new PC point-and click adventure game. This was the first time that a major game developer had decided to go the crowd sourcing route. It didn't hurt that the game would be developed by Double Fine founder Tim Schafer, the main creator behind a number of classic LucasArts adventure games from the 1990s such as Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango.
The Kickstarter fund raising page went up on Wednesday afternoon. In just over eight hours, the project had fully funded its $400,000 goal. Today, less than 24 hours after the page went online, the Double Fine Kickstarter page raised a whopping $1 million and still counting. It's by far the fastest amount of money raised for a Kickstarter project.
The game itself is planned for release later this year via Steam. Double Fine says it will use any extra money it raises to, among other things, port the still untitled game to other platforms as well as to help improve a video documentary that will chronicle the development of the game. The Kickstarter page still has well over a month to go before it shuts down.
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