hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

Cthulhu dev criticizes Microsoft's indie promotion

Jul 26 // Jim Sterling    @JimSterling

Cthulhu Saves The World developer Zeboyd has criticized Microsoft's half-hearted exposure of its Indie Games channel, saying it must do more to promote games. This remonstration comes after news that Cthulhu's PC version outsold the 360 version to a humiliating degree in just six days.

"XBLIG is a great solution for new developers," said Robert Boyd. "It's cheap, easy to learn, and has a great community of people that are willing to help each other. However, from a perspective of actually making good money, I do not believe it is a viable platform. The greatest strength and greatest weakness of the service is that it's the most open platform we've ever seen on any home console. Just about anyone can release an XBLIG title, and just about anyone does. As a result, the service has got a reputation for being full of garbage.

"XBLIG basically has the low price expectations and flood of product that the Apple App Store has, combined with the low visibility of Nintendo's digital stores -- it's no wonder most titles sell poorly. Greater visibility for the high-quality titles on the service would be a great help."

Boyd said that MS' intentions seem to be in creating a stepping stone toward Xbox Live Arcade. However, he thinks this has backfired, as it actually provides a stepping stone to other platforms such as PC. Considering that's what happened with Cthulhu, we can't say he's wrong.

Cthulhu dev: "It's no wonder Xbox Indie Games sell poorly" [Edge]


 BLOG A RESPONSE



Jim Sterling // Former Reviews Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure JimSterling Tips
Destructoid reviews editor, responsible for running and maintaining the cutting edge videogame critique that people ignore because all they want to see are the scores at the end. Also a regular f... full profile | More staff profiles

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

Get comment replies by email.     settings



Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our comment moderators

Can't see comments? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this. Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your security software's whitelist.

advertisement:

1149 PEOPLE ARE READING:



Back to Top