Thursday, May 2, 2013
By: Matthew Doucette
"Xona Games has always had a place in my heart (considering the fact that they are so close by!) ever since I read an article in the business section of a local newspaper about them. They were inspiring – heroes. So I had to contact them for an interview about the company and the retro games they make as well as their challenges." - Independent Gaming
"Our games are our own. I feel the need to state that clearly. There’s nothing like them. We innovate, although game reviewers are rarely qualified nor experienced enough to understand the innovations. The shmup genre is 30 years old and has matured. The subtleties within it can only be appreciated by those in touch with the history of gaming..." - Matthew Doucette
"Our games are gameplay centric and skill-based. It is all about the gameplay, and depth therein. This is why we have cult followings of our games in Japan, as the games continue to work with your skill as you get better, instead of against you. It’s a difficult feature to label, but the ability to have your game be challenging and yet able to be dominated is a feature lacking in most video games." - Matthew Doucette
For the harsh truth of XBLIG, you'll have to read the interview yourself. Here's the interview link again: http://indiegraph.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/xona-games-interview/.
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.