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One of the toughest things for an Indie game developer is getting exposure. For many Xbox Live Indie Games (“XBLIGs”), the time they spend on the “New Releases” list is critical to their success (or failure). Most games can expect a couple of days to a week before dropping off the end of the list. At that point, if they haven’t jumped up to either the “Top Downloads” or the “Top Rated” list, they will often fall off the radar of many gamers.

Recently, though, a very fine gentleman from Germany, Mr. Gerald Terveen, has undertaken a mission to highlight some of the best and brightest games. His website, http://www.indienerds.com/, is a treasure trove of previews and reviews. He’s created over 30 top-notch video reviews of XBLIG titles so far. One I particularly like (for a game I really enjoy) is the AvaGlide review:

I have yet to find an Indie game with a better implementation of distributed high scores and I keep coming back and playing the game when I find I just need a nice relaxing break from a particularly arduous coding session. I’m working on more WP7 content and should have several new tutorials up soon. But XBLIG is a wonderful place that too many people either ignore or simply don’t know about. IndieNerds does a great job of highlighting some of the great games you can find there, so I highly recommend checking it out.

If you’ve never been to the XBLIG Marketplace, there are two ways to get there. From your Xbox dashboard, go to “Game Marketplace” and choose “Explore Game Content”. Then scroll up (or down) until you reach Indie Games. From here you can choose “New Arrivals”, “Top Downloads”, “Top Rated”, or “Browse” (to see all games sorted in various ways). You can also go directly to http://www.xbox.com/ and choose “Indie Games” from the “Games” menu. You can purchase games right from the Xbox.com site and they will queue up and begin downloading the next time you login to LIVE on your Xbox.

There are over 1000 Indie games to choose from ranging in price from 80 MSP to 240 MSP to 400 MSP (with one or two still at 800 MSP having been grandfathered in from the former pricing system). With 80 MSP being approximately $1 US, you can find many amazing (and many not-so-amazing) games for less than the price of a cheese danish in a vending machine. And unlike that snack, you’ll have these games forever! The XBLIG Marketplace is not available in all regions, unfortunately. But if you live in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Singapore or Spain, go check it out! Like any open market, there are good titles, mediocre titles, and even some down-right awful titles. So go check out IndieNerds.com and other sites like it to help you find some of the hidden gems. That’s all for now. Next week at least two new WP7 articles. Until then, good luck!

Posted on Saturday, August 14, 2010 2:22 AM xna , general | Back to top


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