Schafer: Self-censorship stifling game comedy

Devs are restricting their humour, says Double Fine man

Double Fine boss Tim Schafer has suggested developers should stop self-censoring their humour for fear of "bothering" people - and claimed we would have funnier video games as a result.

Speaking to Schafer as part of a new interview about Double Fine's charming puzzle adventure Stacking, CVG asked the Grim Fandango, Psychonauts and Brutal Legend creator why laugh-out-loud humour was rare to find in video games.


He said: "There are a lot of funny people in the games industry, and [they seem to] think of the funny thing, and then say: 'No, I can't do that. Let's cut that out because someone might be bothered by that.'

"I think if people censored themselves less there'd be a lot more funny stuff out there."

Schafer added that the "element of surprise" was vital if studios wanted to make players laugh with their games.

Stacking will be released on XBLA and PSN this week - and is free to PS Plus subscribers.