The biggest gaming surprises of 2012

It doesn’t matter how closely you follow the news or how often you refresh your browser; some companies can still manage to catch the gaming public completely unaware. Here are some of our picks for the biggest surprises of 2012.

Tim Schafer shares 5 tips to Kickstarter success

Tim Schafer believes Double Fine’s success on Kickstarter is repeatable as long as developers deliver capable and profound pitches that speak to their audience. Schafer revealed five tips to help hopeful developers make the most out of their Kickstarter plans in an interview with IndieDB.

Retro revival: PC games raise $6.7M and counting in Kickstarter campaigns

Kickstarter’s gone vogue. With a single, bold move by Double Fine’s Tim Schafer in early February, the crowdfunding web site propelled itself into the heart of the gaming community. Now, with the signing of the JOBS Act adding additional legitimacy, crowdfunding is poised to become an even bigger force in video games.

See what Tim Schafer is doing with all your (his) money

Remember that time game maker Tim Schafer asked for $400,000 on Kickstarter and the world gave him $2.5 million? You might be wondering what he’s done with said riches, and how he’ll be putting them to good use. Last night Schafer provided the following images as inspiration for Cliff Bleszinksi, who took over hosting duties at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards.