Indie Game Articles

Our indie game related articles, not including our games. See full article listing in our blog.


Practicing Self-Care as an Entrepreneur
2016/Jul/21 — Matthew Doucette
Futurpreneur features Matthew Doucette and other entrepreneurs in their celebration of International Self-Care Day.

Ego is the Enemy
2016/Jul/06 — Matthew Doucette
Sharing Ryan Holiday's thoughts on, "ego is the enemy".

XNA 5.0 Officially Declined by Microsoft
2016/Jul/05 — Matthew Doucette
Microsoft officially declines future work on XNA.

Kickstarter: Xydonia: Action Packed Japanese Inspired Retro Shmup
2016/Jun/28 — Matthew Doucette
We just backed Xydonia on Kickstarter. It is a Japanese inspired retro shmup!

Unity Game Development Tutorial
2016/Jun/06 — Matthew Doucette
Unity game development tutorial, by Dylan Gidney for Xona Games for our Kids Make Games project.

2D Game Development Tutorial - Part 1 - Installing the Software
2016/Mar/25 — Matthew Doucette
A quick tutorial to start game design -- using the same technologies that Xona Games uses. Part 1; Installing the software.

Introducing Xona Learn
2016/Mar/17 — Matthew Doucette
Some background that lead to our Knowledge Base Learning Center.

2D Game Development Tutorial - C#/XNA (PC/X360/PS4/XB1)
2016/Mar/17 — Matthew Doucette
A quick tutorial to start game design -- using the same technologies that Xona Games uses.

Maenam by Jami Sieber (Braid Soundtrack)
2015/Dec/02 — Matthew Doucette
Live performance of Maenam (Braid soundtrack) by Jami Sieber.

A Little Bit of Indie Game Dev Philosophy
2015/Nov/08 — Matthew Doucette
Just sharing some design thoughts from Electronic Super Joy's level designer, Cassie Chui.

Xbox LIVE Indie Games (XBLIG) Tribute
2015/Sep/28 — Matthew Doucette
XBLIG Tribute by some of the top developers who have continued success on other platforms.

Mommy's Best Action Pack Released On Steam!
2015/Sep/23 — Matthew Doucette
Mommy's Best Action Pack, from friend developer Mommy's Best Games, released on Steam today!

The Official End Dates of XBLIG Announced
2015/Sep/09 — Matthew Doucette
Microsoft has announced the official end dates of XBLIG.

Support XBLIG Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One!
2015/Aug/17 — Matthew Doucette
Here is how to vote for and support Xbox LIVE Indie Games within Xbox One's backwards compatibility.

This is Phil Fish
2015/Jun/16 — Matthew Doucette
What I like about Phil Fish!

Two Canadian Kickstarter Games
2015/Apr/09 — Matthew Doucette
We just backed Outward - The Adventurer Life Sim and Warriors of Lemuria on Kickstarter.

Explained: Touhou vs. Doujin
2014/Oct/01 — Matthew Doucette
The difference between Touhou and Doujin explained.

Google Adsense
2014/Sep/19 — Matthew Doucette
We just put up some Google Ads to pay our website costs.

Halifax Scramble S (Wrap Up)
2014/Aug/16 — Matthew Doucette
Halifax Scramble #2, the sequel to the first SHMUP event in Nova Scotia history!

How Many Games Does a Game Developer Own?
2014/Aug/10 — Matthew Doucette
A list of all the Xbox 360 downloadable games Matthew has purchased.

Kickstarter: Elysian Shadows, a Next-Gen 2D RPG
2014/Aug/04 — Matthew Doucette
We just backed Elysian Shadows, a next-gen 2D RPG, on Kickstarter.

Kickstarter: Funded Viridis, an Indie Shmup
2014/Jul/25 — Matthew Doucette
We just backed Viridus, an indie shmup from a fellow Canadian indie game studio!

Alexander Bruce: Inspirational Indie Developer
2014/Jun/06 — Matthew Doucette
Sharing some of the most inspirational indie game developer speeches by Alexander Bruce of Antichamber fame.

Kickstarter: Funded Mighty No. 9!
2013/Sep/03 — Matthew Doucette
We just funded Mighty No. 9 on Kickstarter, from the creator of Mega Man gone indie!

Take Risks
2013/Aug/27 — Matthew Doucette
Some thoughts on why you should take risks.

XBLIG Love: A Look to the Past for a Better Future
2013/Aug/19 — Matthew Doucette
Deatils of Xona Games advocacy work on the Xbox LIVE Indie Games platform.

Indie Royale's Indie Gamer Chick Bundle
2013/Jul/25 — Matthew Doucette
Xona Games supports Indie Royale's Indie Gamer Chick Bundle!

Blockt: Underrated XBLIG Puzzle Game
2013/May/27 — Matthew Doucette
A review of Blockt, an underrated XBLIG puzzle game.

Sad News on Radiangames' First F2P, Bombcats
2013/May/20 — Matthew Doucette
Radiangames' first recap on Bombcat's release.

Funded Another Retro Kickstarter: Chasm
2013/May/02 — Matthew Doucette
Chasm, another awesome retro Kickstarter you might wish to fund with us.

Two Cool Kickstarter Projects
2013/Apr/29 — Matthew Doucette
Two Kickstarter projects we just backed.

PAX East 2013 Wrap Up
2013/Apr/23 — Matthew Doucette
Pics and vids of our PAX East 2013 Boston trip.

Kickstarter: Shmup Devs Unite!
2013/Apr/10 — Matthew Doucette
How we supported some shmup devs, and so can you! 41 hours left!

Braid Explained
2013/Feb/28 — Matthew Doucette
Braid explained as it has never been explained before.

Antichamber Launches Today!
2013/Jan/31 — Matthew Doucette
Antichamber antichamber antichamber.

Don't Stop
2013/Jan/28 — Matthew Doucette
Funny but motivating coincidence.

Honoring Seumas McNally
2013/Jan/12 — Matthew Doucette
Just a blog post honoring Seumas McNally and respecting IGF for doing the same.

Why Braid Has a Speed Run
2012/Dec/19 — Matthew Doucette
Short post on why Braid has a speed run.

Gateways: One of the Best XBLIG Games Ever
2012/Nov/04 — Matthew Doucette
A quick review of Gateways, one of the most polished XBLIG games ever.

Game Prototyping
2012/Jun/25 — Matthew Doucette
Just some indie game prototyping advice from some the awesome Arkedo studio!

Xbox LIVE Indie Games Should Be Doing More
2011/Jul/27 — Matthew Doucette
Should Xbox LIVE Indie Games do more? Yes!

Xona Games Backs Indie Game: The Movie On Kickstarter
2011/Jul/22 — Matthew Doucette
Just showing some indie game support!

Photoshop: How To Delete Off-Canvas Content
2011/Jun/08 — Matthew Doucette
How to delete excess canvas content in Adobe Photoshop.

Revolver360 Top Xbox LIVE Indie Game in Japan
2011/Jan/05 — Matthew Doucette
A new shmup, Revolver360, is the top XBLIG in Japan.

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!

Indie Games Winter Uprising Quality Analysis
2010/Dec/21 — Matthew Doucette
Indie Games Winter Uprising quality analysis.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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!

MIGS 2009 Wrap Up
2009/Dec/20 — Matthew Doucette
Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) 2009 Wrap Up.

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