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By: Matthew Doucette
To bring you up to speed, XBLIG developers are upset with the new Xbox LIVE Dashboard update that hides XBLIG outside of the "Games & Demos" tab and places them under a new "Speciality Shops" tab. Here's how it looks:
To find Xbox LIVE Indie Games (XBLIG games), you go to Game Marketplace...
And under Game Marketplace, you skip Games & Demos because we are not found there...
You skip Titles A-Z, searching for Decimation X here will leave you empty...
You find us in Specialty Shops, second tab over...
Finally, you have found XBLIG:
The problem is that our Xbox LIVE Indie Games are no longer under a "Games" category as we once were.
Here is the Connect report, quoted:
After the new Xbox Live Dash update on 11/1/2010, Xbox Live Indie Games are no longer listed under the "Games" category where they previously were. This creates confusion for existing XBLIG customers who cannot find us and prevents us from being found by Xbox Live users searching for games.
Deeper XBLIG Problem At Hand?
I also proposed a "workaround", quoted here, that touches on a deeper issue I feel may have been the cause of the move and the actual problem at hand:
Based on the assumption (which may be incorrect) that XBLIG was moved on the Dashboard based on it's type of traffic (that fit the "Speciality Shops" style more than the "Games & Demos" style), I have a solution that makes putting XBLIG back under "Games & Demos" a proper move:
XBLIG Developers Unpleased with New Dashboard In The News:
This issue has also made it's way to the gaming media, here's a few links I have found so far:
That is all.
About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $180,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.
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