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Gaming Week in Review: Psychonauts 2 Is Looking For Funding



Psychonauts 2 Is Being Crowdfunded On Fig

Fans of the cult-classic platforming game Psychonauts have waited for a sequel since the first game’s cliffhanger ending. Tim Schaffer, of the game studio Double Fine, has announced that the long-anticipated Psychonauts 2 will finally become a reality thanks to contributions from fans through the company Fig – a new crowdfunding platform for video games that launched in August.

What differentiates Fig from other crowdfunding companies like Indiegogo or Kickstarter is that it offers the opportunity for investors to contribute to the fundraising campaign for a share of the profits, in addition to the more traditional tiered reward system that is used by other crowdfunding sites.

Fig operates on an all-or-nothing policy, so contributions will have to add up to all $3.3-million for which the developer asks if the project is to proceed into development. The fundraising campaign will continue until Jan. 7, 2016, with the game’s projected release date being fall 2015.

Anyone who donates $33 will get a digital copy of Psychonauts 2, as well as a digital copy of the original Psychonauts. The contributors’ names will also be listed in the credits once the game is released.

The Game Awards 2015

Last Thursday video game journalist Geoff Keighley hosted the The Game Awards 2015, in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game award show featured this year’s video game releases and game industry achievements. It also included live performances by Chvrches and Deadmau5, as well as several celebrity cameos such as Shaquille O’Neal and Conan O’Brien.

You can read The Daily Emerald’s full coverage of The Game Awards 2015 here.

The 2015 Video Game Holiday Sale Season Begins

Last weekend kicked off the 2015 holiday shopping season and with it the yearly bombardment of discounted video game sales from digital distributors such as Humble Bundle, Steam, and GOG.com. No matter what you are looking for chances are you will be able to find it dirt cheap during the upcoming month.

First up we have Humble Bundle, which has teamed up with Yogscast, a YouTube network of broadcasters, to do a series of live streams to raise money for various charities, such as The Mental Health Foundation and Fauna and Flora International. Anyone who donates up to $5 will receive a shout-out and some exclusive in-game items for Team Fortress 2, and anyone who donates up to $25 will receive a huge assortment of games. As with most Humble Bundle offers you can customize where the money you donate goes.

Next we have Steam’s upcoming holiday sale, which usually has a variety of deals that change up every day, as well as flash sales that pop up every few hours, and sales voted on by Steam users. The best deals usually return at the of the sale during a special encore sale.

Finally, if you are into retro and classic games be sure to check out GOG.com’s Big Winter Launch Sale, which has all manner of games on sale both new and old. They are also offering a chance to buy a mystery game for $3 and awarding free games based on how much you spend during the sale.


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