Microsoft Explains Why They Moved Indie Games in New Dashboard Update

With the new Dashboard update, the Xbox Live Indie Games section was moved from the Games section of the marketplace to Specialty Shops alongside the Avatar Marketplace. Some of the Indie Games developers weren’t so pumped about this, saying the move pushes these games “further into obscurity.”

But Microsoft says it ain’t like that a’ tall*. They say this will help the Indie Games, or at least they hope it will. You would think, at least, that Microsoft isn’t trying to, like, bury a potential stream of revenue. Here’s the explanation from Microsoft, speaking to Eurogamer:

The intent of the Specialty Shops section was to provide access to marketplaces that focus on a specific type of content, with unique ways of sorting through that content. We wanted to give Xbox Live Indie Games that full marketplace experience and felt this was the best place to do it, alongside other popular channels like the Avatar Marketplace.

In fact, since the launch of Avatars, Xbox Live members have made more than 290 million customizations to their Avatar’s clothing, so we expect many people to regularly visit the Specialty Shops section.

Maybe it’s a bad move that will prove unsuccessful, but they aren’t trying to f**k you, poor developers. Bitch away if you think it’s not working, of course, but let’s stay calm here. Maybe have a drink, or smoke a little weed. I also hear meth will help you work more efficiently, so maybe you could try that, too. Hey, just trying to help here.

*It’s a colloquialism, dick.

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1 Comment on Microsoft Explains Why They Moved Indie Games in New Dashboard Update


On November 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Or they could be saying “Your only as good as avatar clothing, looks good but has no other value”