Articles - Year 2010

All our articles from 2010. Enjoy! Visit our blog for a full article listing from all years.


Score Rush... Laughingly Easy!
2010/Dec/31 — Matthew Doucette
Picking on a "laughingly easy" comment in a Score Rush review.

Vote to Include Indie Games in "Best of 2010" Xbox LIVE Dashboard Promotion
2010/Dec/30 — Matthew Doucette
Vote your say on including Xbox LIVE Indie Games in the "Best of 2010" Xbox LIVE dashboard promotion.

Indie Game Winter Uprising Featured on Xbox LIVE Dashboard
2010/Dec/29 — Matthew Doucette
Indie Game Winter Uprising featured on Xbox LIVE dashboard!

4 Player Decimation X3 Video
2010/Dec/24 — Matthew Doucette
Four player Decimation X3 action!

Indie Games Winter Uprising Quality Analysis
2010/Dec/21 — Matthew Doucette
Indie Games Winter Uprising quality analysis. Hit Counter Stopped at 7,000,000 Page Views
2010/Dec/21 — Matthew Doucette
We stopped our hit counter. It was over 7,000,000 page views.

Lords of Indie Bullet Hell
2010/Dec/17 — Matthew Doucette
Best review ever, of Xona Games.

Score Rush Named Xbox LIVE Indie Game of the Week
2010/Dec/17 — Matthew Doucette
Score Rush is the Xbox LIVE Indie Game of the Week.

Xona Games 10th & 11th Best Selling XBLIGs Worldwide
2010/Dec/17 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X3 and Score Rush are 10th and 11th on Major Nelson's best selling XBLIG list, at the same time!

Score Rush: 97% Review from Game Vortex
2010/Dec/15 — Matthew Doucette
Game Vortex gave Score Rush a 97% review score!

10/10 Review at Spawn Kill
2010/Dec/15 — Matthew Doucette
A perfect review score for Score Rush!

Xona Games Dominates Japan in Top Ratings and Best Sellers
2010/Dec/12 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games dominates Japan with 3 of the top 5 rated XBLIG games, as well as the top 2 best sellers.

Score Rush #1 and #2 Best Seller in 3 Countries
2010/Dec/12 — Matthew Doucette
Score Rush #1 and #2 Best Selling XBLIG in Japan, U.S., and Canada

Score Rush: Featured on
2010/Dec/10 — Matthew Doucette
Score Rush featured on, the #1 indie game website!

Decimation X3 #1 Best Seller in 4 Countries
2010/Dec/10 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X3 is the top selling XBLIG game in four countries.

Decimation X3 #1 in Japan!
2010/Dec/09 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X3 the top rated XBLIG game in Japan!

Score Rush Released!
2010/Dec/09 — Matthew Doucette
Score Rush has been released! Game #3 (4th release).

xWMA with XACT in XNA Game Studio 3.1
2010/Dec/08 — Jason Doucette
xWMA compression with XACT hangs up Visual Studio with XNA Game Studio 3.1

Decimation X3 #12 Top Rated XBLIG in U.S.!
2010/Dec/08 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X3 is the #12 top rated Xbox LIVE Indie Game in the United States.

Decimation X3 Released!
2010/Dec/07 — Matthew Doucette
Game #5 from Xona Games, Decimation X3, released on schedule!

Microsoft, We Need More Than 50 XBLIG Tokens!
2010/Dec/06 — Matthew Doucette
A proposal issue for Microsoft to give Xbox LIVE Indie Game developers more than 50 tokens.

XBLIG Top Rated & Best Selling Country Lists
2010/Dec/01 — Matthew Doucette
All "top rated" and "best selling" country lists for XBLIG games.

Explosive New Score Rush Trailer
2010/Dec/01 — Matthew Doucette
New Score Rush trailer.

Indie Games Winter Uprise Trailer
2010/Nov/30 — Matthew Doucette
Indie Games Winter Uprise trailer.

Score Rush New Box Art
2010/Nov/23 — Matthew Doucette
Score Rush's new box art.

Decimation X3 Box Art
2010/Nov/22 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X3's box art revealed.

Indie Games Winter Uprising
2010/Nov/18 — Matthew Doucette
Introducing Indie Games Winter Uprising!

Improve Traffic Flow to XBLA and XBLIG: More Proposed Changes to Xbox LIVE Dashboard
2010/Nov/17 — Matthew Doucette
A proposal to improve the traffic flow to XBLA and XBLIG games on the Xbox LIVE dashboard.

Xona Proposal: Changing the Face of XBLIG: Proposed Changes to XBLIG Dashboard (Final Draft)
2010/Nov/15 — Matthew Doucette
A proposal to Microsoft to change the face of XBLIG for the better.

Xbox LIVE, Where Have My XBLIG Ratings Gone?
2010/Nov/10 — Matthew Doucette
Demonstration of November 1st, 2010 Xbox LIVE Dashboard update and its negative effects on user ratings in Xbox LIVE Indie Games.

Kinect: Our First Look
2010/Nov/07 — Matthew Doucette
Our first look at Kinect, Kinect Adventures, Your Shape Fitness Evolved, and Dance Central.

Windows Phone 7 Emulator & Fraps Color Problem
2010/Nov/05 — Jason Doucette
Windows Phone 7 and Fraps.

Why We Should Encourage "Crap" XBLIG Games
2010/Nov/04 — Matthew Doucette
A rant on why we should encourage "crap" XBLIG games, and what we should do about it.

Xona Games Congratulated by Nova Scotia House of Assembly
2010/Nov/03 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games congratulated by Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

XBLIG Dashboard Worries Continued...
2010/Nov/02 — Matthew Doucette
XBLIG developers are upset with the new Xbox LIVE Dashboard hiding away XBLIG outside of Games & Demos and under Speciality Shops.

Decimation X an Top Pick
2010/Nov/01 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X an Top Pick, and maintaining high ratings across the countries.

Changing the Face of XBLIG: Proposed Changes to XBLIG Dashboard (First Draft)
2010/Nov/01 — Matthew Doucette
Proposed changes to XBLIG dashboard.

Decimation X2 Released: Launches on Windows Phone 7 in 11 Days
2010/Oct/28 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X2 released on Windows Phone 7. This officially marks Xona Games' second video game release.

Score Rush Box Art
2010/Oct/24 — Matthew Doucette
Score Rush's box art.

The 1st Annual "Who's An Indie Gamer?" Poll Survey
2010/Oct/22 — Matthew Doucette
The 1st Annual "Who's An Indie Gamer?" Poll Survey.

Decimation X Video Review: 5/5
2010/Oct/22 — Matthew Doucette
5/5 Decimation X video review by Vintage Video Games TV.

Score Rush: XBLIG & Windows Phone 7 Launch Title
2010/Oct/13 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games game #3, Score Rush for Xbox LIVE Indie Games and Windows Phone 7.

Decimation X2: Windows Phone 7 Launch Title
2010/Oct/11 — Matthew Doucette
Revealing Xona Games game #4, Decimation X2 for the Windows Phone 7.

A Few Favorable Decimation X Reviews: 9.5/10 AVG
2010/Oct/05 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X reviews still coming in, over 8 months after its release!

Duality ZF's Indie Game Challenge 2011 Pitch Video
2010/Sep/27 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF's Indie Game Challenge 2011 pitch video (long cut).

Duality ZF a Semi-Finalist: 3rd Independent Game Developer's Competition
2010/Sep/26 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF chosen as a semi-finalist is indiePub's 3rd contest.

Xona Games Inspires!
2010/Sep/23 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games in NSBI's 2009/2010 Annual Report.

Calculated Success
2010/Sep/10 — Matthew Doucette
"Nova Scotia - Come to life" features the background story of Xona Games.

How to Install FileZilla FTP Server
2010/Sep/08 — Matthew Doucette
How to install FileZilla FTP Server. Not so easy for the first timer.

Racketboy Podcast #15 - Indie Shmups
2010/Sep/06 — Matthew Doucette
RacketBoy interviews Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, Rafael Dyll of SideQuest Studios, and Adam Milecki, of Rockin' Android, all indie shmup game developers!

Xona Games Featured Over 200 Times!
2010/Aug/30 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games featured over 200 times in the media!

Xona Games NSBI Photoshoot!
2010/Aug/25 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games photoshoot for NSBI's Annual Report, by John Sherlock.

Decimation X Xbox LIVE Feedback (Explicit Content)!
2010/Aug/24 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X feedback on Xbox LIVE. Explicit Content!

Duality ZF's Bullet Hell Game Mode
2010/Aug/19 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF isn't a bullet hell game, it has a bullet hell game mode. :)

Independent Shmups Fight For Justice!
2010/Aug/18 — Matthew Doucette
Great interview with myself, Matthew Doucette (Xonatron), and Christopher Emirzian (udderdude) on indie shmups.

Living the Dream!!!
2010/Aug/09 — Matthew Doucette
Living the Dream: Developers finding success in Canada's East Coast

Vote for Duality ZF in 3rd Independent Game Developer's Competition
2010/Aug/02 — Matthew Doucette
Please vote for Duality ZF in the 3rd Independent Game Developer's Competition.

Game Rain #1 - Win 1 of 21 Xbox LIVE Indie Games
2010/Jul/29 — Matthew Doucette's first contest: Game Rain #1. Win 1 of 21 Xbox LIVE Indie Games

Mark Rein's Apology w/ Great Indie Advice
2010/Jul/20 — Matthew Doucette
Mark Rein's apologies to Cliff Harris and includes with it some great indie developer advice.

New Xbox LIVE Indie Games Roundup Show
2010/Jul/19 — Matthew Doucette
Introducing a new Xbox LIVE Indie Games roundup show, in German! They featured Decimation X in their first show.

Decimation X: IndieNerds Review
2010/Jun/23 — Matthew Doucette
Great IndieNerds review of Decimation X.

Google Respect
2010/Jun/18 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games getting some respect from Google Suggest!

Jalloo Festival to Showcase Duality ZF
2010/Jun/16 — Matthew Doucette
Jalloo Festival of Animation and Gaming is showcasing Duality ZF on June 16-17, 2010.

Genetic Algorithm Rubik's Cube Solver
2010/Jun/15 —
Genetic Algorithm Rubik's Cube Solver, coming soon.

Duality ZF Video: 4 Players, 8 Fighters, A Shmup First
2010/Jun/09 — Matthew Doucette
4-player, 8-fighter, retro shmup intensity (video).

3 Player Decimation X Video
2010/Jun/07 — Matthew Doucette
Multiplayer Decimation X.

Explosive Duality ZF Footage: Introducing G-MODE
2010/Jun/02 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF's elusive and innovative G-Mode revealed at last.

Imphenzia #1 of 300,000 on Soundclick
2010/May/31 — Matthew Doucette
Imphenzia, creator of Duality ZF and Decimation X soundtracks, ranks #1 of 300,000 songs on Soundclick.

And In Local News... (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)
2010/May/25 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games makes the local news again!

Top 50 Xbox Forum Communities in XBLIG
2010/May/24 — Matthew Doucette
The top 50 Xbox Forum communities in Xbox LIVE Indie Games.

10,000,000 points in Decimation X
2010/May/19 — Matthew Doucette
10,000,000 points in Decimation X, the highest video recorded score so far.

Indie Inspiration
2010/May/17 — Matthew Doucette
Inspirational facebook chat with Elysian Shadows developer, Falco Girgis.

Duality ZF #5 in World in Dream Build Play 2010
2010/May/04 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF placed #1 in Canada and #5 in the world in Dream Build Play 2010!

Dream Build Play 2010 Top 6 Winners (Videos)
2010/May/04 — Matthew Doucette
Dream Build Play 2010 Top 6 winners, with video trailers.

Great Indie Game Developer Advice
2010/May/04 — Matthew Doucette
Great advice from Robert Boyd of Zeboyd Games, the indie game developer behind Breath of Death VII.

Multidirectional XNA Games Control Tip
2010/May/03 — Matthew Doucette
A tip for all multidirectional XNA Games. Please share!

Homebrew Heroes: Retro Gamer Feature
2010/Apr/30 — Matthew Doucette
Retro Gamer magazine features Xona Games in their Homebrew section.

Apple's Thoughts on Flash
2010/Apr/29 — Matthew Doucette
Steve Jobs' eye-opener on why Apple does not support Flash.

Game Roast: Decimation X
2010/Apr/26 — Matthew Doucette
Game Roast review of Decimation X.

Xona Games Featured in Open to the World Magazine
2010/Apr/19 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games featured in Nova Scotia's Open to the World magazine, along with other Innovacorp I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition winners.

Duality ZF a Top 6 Dream Build Play 2010 Finalist!
2010/Apr/16 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF has been chosen a top 6 Dream Build Play 2010 finalist!

New Duality ZF April 2010 Gameplay Footage
2010/Apr/16 — Matthew Doucette
New Duality ZF April 2010 gameplay footage... for all you shmup fans in the waiting!

Xona Games Inc.: We're Officially Incorporated!
2010/Apr/15 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games gets incorporated.

Dream Build Play 2010 Finalists (Videos)
2010/Apr/10 — Matthew Doucette
Dream Build Play 2010 top 20 finalists video trailers.

Duality ZF a Dream Build Play 2010 Finalist
2010/Apr/09 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF is a Dream Build Play finalist for the second year in a row!

Duality ZF Trailer Hits 30,000 Views
2010/Apr/08 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF's April 2009 trailer recently surpasses 30,000 YouTube views, wow!

XBLA Deal of the Week: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
2010/Apr/07 — Matthew Doucette
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is this week's XBLA Deal of the Week.

Decimation X Fan Love
2010/Apr/04 — Matthew Doucette
Some love from fans of Decimation X.

Decimation X: 7.3 Million Point Level 80 Run!
2010/Mar/30 — Matthew Doucette
A Decimation X 7.3 million point, level 80 performance!

Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker at Innovation Social
2010/Mar/25 — Matthew Doucette
Matthew Doucette invited as a guest speaker at Innovation Social.

Decimation X: "Best Value of any Indie Game I've Ever Played"
2010/Mar/22 — Matthew Doucette
Reviews don't get much better than this! (Decimation X)

GDC 2010 Wrap Up
2010/Mar/16 — Matthew Doucette
GDC 2010 Wrap Up. Xona Games interviewed at Game Connection.

Xona Games Speaks at Business Over Breakfast
2010/Feb/25 — Matthew Doucette
Matthew Doucette of Xona Games speaks on software pricing at InNOVAcorp's Business Over Breakfast.

Xona Games Wins $100,000 - I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition (Video)
2010/Feb/20 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games $100,000 win feature at the I-3 Competition awards event.

United States' #16 Top Rated XBLIG: Decimation X
2010/Feb/04 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X is ranked #16 overall for U.S. Xbox LIVE Indie Games.

50,000 YouTube Views
2010/Feb/02 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games' YouTube channel surpasses 50,000 views.

Japan's #6 Top Rated Xbox 360 "Shooter": Decimation X
2010/Jan/28 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X is Japan's #6 overall top rated Xbox 360 "shooter" of all Xbox 360 games (AAA Retail, XBLA, and XBLIG games included). Wow!

Japan's #12 Top Rated Xbox 360 Game: Decimation X
2010/Jan/27 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X is Japan's #12 top rated Xbox 360 game (Retail, XBLA, and XBLIG combined).

Xona Games Featured in Local Newspaper
2010/Jan/26 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games featured in our local newspaper, The Yarmouth Vanguard, for winning $100,000.

Xona Games Wins $100,000 - I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition
2010/Jan/26 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games takes home $100,000 placing first in InNOVAcorp I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition.

Canada's #3 Top Rated XBLIG: Decimation X
2010/Jan/25 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X is ranked third in Canada's Xbox LIVE Indie Games top ratings.

Most Recommended Indie Game: Decimation X
2010/Jan/24 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X chosen as #1 recommended Indie Game.

Decimation X - Drunken Gamer Radio Review
2010/Jan/22 — Matthew Doucette
A review of Decimation X by Drunken Gamer Radio.

Japan's #1 Top Rated #1 Best Selling XBLIG: Decimation X
2010/Jan/19 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X is the #1 top rated and #1 best selling Xbox LIVE Indie Game in Japan!

Decimation X now on Xbox LIVE!
2010/Jan/16 — Matthew Doucette
Decimation X now on Xbox LIVE!

Decimation X Teaser Released
2010/Jan/11 — Matthew Doucette
Check out the new Decimation X teaser video.  Do you like?

Duality ZF Featured Over 100 Times
2010/Jan/04 — Matthew Doucette
Duality ZF featured over 100 times in the media.

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