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Indie devs dislike Xbox dashboard update

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 Dec 2011 10:18 User comments (5)

Indie devs dislike Xbox dashboard update Indie devs concerned about new Metro-styled Xbox dashboard.
Representatives of the Xbox Live Indie Games community, told Eurogamer that the update shifts focus away from games considerably, and that it's even worse for Indie games.

"Microsoft take a back-seat approach and only really gets involved to take a cut of your sales and make the games slightly harder to find with each new dashboard update," said Brett Eveleigh, developer of Avatar Battle Bees.

"Not that anyone wants to go through the pain of retail/arcade style certification but it feels like Microsoft has abandoned the platform in favour of Windows Phone 7. But instead of admitting it they're brushing it under the carpet and hoping it'll go away."

There is currently an Indie Games tile on the mew Dashboard, but there are fears that this will phase out in time. Also, Indie games are not listed under New Arrivals or Genre tabs.

"For better or worse, the new Metro layout is an advertiser's dream," said Mommy's Best Games founder Nathan Fouts. "Every single main page now has an advertisement on it (you can't scroll away any more), there are dozens of secret little places to feature things, and it's easy to get lost."

"But simply getting to the main portal for Arcade, Games on Demand or Indie Games, or for that matter my own game library is a chore. I like the 'quick list' but if it would have a simple connection to my complete library, it would be a huge help."

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5 user comments

110.12.2011 10:37

And that is the reason my 360 will not see the dash update; screw that, I'll play offline and never use XBL again.

210.12.2011 10:57
ItSmee342
Unverified new user

first post*

but really i can say i havent touched my xbox since the kinect came out it was fun but im over it lol so my xbox will never see this dashboard update. and really more advertisement what a pain, it was bad enough there was there own tab before. and the fact they added more advirtisment and still are charging more. ill pass !!

310.12.2011 12:34

I really don't see why this would be any surprise. Remember how strongly M$ tried to cram Vista down everyone's throat? They're far more concerned with pushing the new Metro interface than silly crap, such as what users actually WANT.

410.12.2011 13:28

Microsoft is your friend :p

edit:saying stolen from google is your friend

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Dec 2011 @ 13:30

510.12.2011 16:05
WierdName
Inactive

Well that's really *n great... I hadn't even noticed. I haven't even finished my project and they're already trying to push the indie stuff even further back. If they're pulling 30% of sales they need to push the titles forward. They keep up this BS and Sony's new thing might push them from the head of the console indie market. Hope Sony goes with C#...


Doesnt expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected and therefore mean youre expecting the expected which was the unexpected until you expected it?
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