Tim Schafer Hilariously Demos A 3D Adventure Game That You'll Never Get To Play

Tim Schafer's the three-million-dollar man, thanks to a record-breaking Kickstarter his Double Fine development studio launched to fund a new adventure game. While work should be starting soon on that crowd-funded creation, the respected designer showed off a project that probably won't ever happen at a lecture last night at New York University's Game centre.

Using an Xbox 360 development unit, Schafer demoed two prototypes of a project called "Specs" built to take advantage of the Kinect motion-sensing camera. The main goal of the game was to give players a way to solve puzzles by using gestures to make characters react emotionally to elements in the environment.

Specs was to tell the story of a cursed, sentient artefact, whose persona gets passed on from character to character. In the video above, you'll see an early prototype where only the emotions of love and hate were implemented followed by a later one where gestural input makes more emotional prompts available.

By the time second prototype was being worked on, Schafer and the Double Fine knew that they wanted Specs to be played through multiple times with a variety of endings available. The whole demo also serves a showcase for Schafer's trademark humour, as well as giving insight as to how game design really happens.


    Please zoom in and out more sporadically, it isn't distracting, nor is it making the already unclear video 50 times worse.


      luke plunkett is the cameraman :(

    I hate this video player! play 5secs buffer 20 secs, play 5 secs buffer 30 secs. repeat.
    just put it on freakin youtube

      Agreed! Please just put it on youtube, where buffering is a mythical creature used to scare naughty children

    Seriously. Someone needs to own up to this camera work. I have honestly never seen such bad work. If it wasn't for Tim Schafer I would have closed it after 20 odd seconds.

    For those who can't view the video, I summarized it for you:

    - Text comes up on screen above character,
    - camera zooms in,
    - goes out of focus,
    - text disappears,
    - repeat.


    I'm stating a petition to change the camerawork. Anyone with me?


    how about we actually talk about what happened in the video?
    which was the funniest tech demo i've ever seen.

    Worst camera work ever.

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