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#Xbox LIVE Indie Games

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Microsoft abandoning XNA Game Studio

Those in the know have seen this day approaching for quite some time, but Microsoft has made it official. XNA Game Studio is effectively done. A leaked internal email revealed the company is prepared to retire the development toolset on Apr...

 
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Samurai Gunn to have one-player mode, may come to XBLIG

Samurai Gunn is poised to be the next big local multi-player PC hit, having garnered tons early buzz on the festival circuit. It even scored an IGF nomination for excellence in design. We were lucky enough to have the game's one man develo...

 
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Behold the burger of your destruction!

Each week on Saturday Morning Hangover, we perform the public service of playing through the demos of new releases on Xbox Live Indie Games. While it's probably charitable to call the service "hit or miss" in terms of the content, it is so...

 
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You need to play Super Amazing Wagon Adventure

Many of us can agree that Oregon Trail is pretty great, even if it isn't the most terribly exciting game all these years later. Even still, we have fond memories and independent developers have been able to capture that spirit with original...

 
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Indie Games Summer Uprising III starts next week

It's almost time for you all to start paying attention to Xbox Live Indie Games again for a while. There's an Uprising coming next week, with nine games aiming to represent the best the service can offer. Starting on September 10th, one of...

 
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Grab some Penny Arcade On the Rainslick 3 DLC for free

It looks like two free quest DLC packs weren't the only thing Penny Arcade had up its sleeve, as a surprise free skin pack has just landed for Penny Arcade's On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness. As of this moment, you can g...

 
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Penny Arcade On The Rain-Slick 3 getting free DLC

Penny Arcade sure has been in the spotlight lately. With their recent Kickstarter, their new game, and PAX Prime steadily approaching, don't expect them to fade away anytime soon. In terms of the video game realm, Tycho has shared some pret...

 
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I love Techno Kitten Adventure. I don't just love it, it's one of my favorite things ever and is among the few games I actually paid for on my Windows Phone without even trying out first. Techno Kitten Adventure is one of th...   read

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Penny Arcade's Rain Slick Precipice 3 arrives July 10th

The third installment in the Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, currently in development by retro-RPG maker Zeboyd Games (Breath of Death VII, Cthulhu Saves the World), now has a firm date with destiny. The ga...

 
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Escape Goat is double jumping to PC

Retro fans will be pleased to know that Xbox Live Indie hit Escape Goat is heading to PC. Created basically by the one man show Ian Stocker, Escape Goat is a short, incredibly fun puzzle platformer with a rockin' soundtrack. The game is als...

 
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Boot Hill Heroes is an EarthBound-inspired Old West RPG

We live in a wonderful age where, if a specific game doesn't exist, an inspired individual will just up and say, "It shall be done!" The tools of creation have never been more easily accessible, and it has resulted in both original and fam...

 
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Check out Axiom Verge, a one-man Metroidvania

This is the first trailer for the upcoming indie game, Axiom Verge, a one-man project from developer Tom Happ and I'm ready to throw down some money now. A 2D, sprite-based "Metroidvania," the trailer depicts a variety of weapons and equip...

 
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On first glance, They Bleed Pixels comes off like a cross between classic Castlevania and Super Meat Boy. In reality, the game isn't quite as punishing as either of those two titles, thanks in part its innovative c...   read

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It's difficult to believe that it has been nearly four years since the last game in the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness series released. Many were heartbroken to hear that the original plan of four episodes would be cut...   read

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GDC: Dream.Build.Play 2012 registration opens

Developers hoping to compete in the Dream.Build.Play 2012 Challenge can register now through May 15, 2012. This year, Microsoft is accepting independent games for Windows Phone in addition to Xbox 360. Prizes up for grabs include publishing...

 
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Microsoft cares about Xbox Live Indie Games again

Xbox Live Indie Games just got a placement upgrade. No longer hidden from plain sight, they are now integrated with the main game marketplace splash page, as shown above. This is no doubt a response to the myriad of complaints lodged agains...

 
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Cthulhu Saves the World headed to Mac, Android, iOS

Zeboyd Games intends to bring its old-school role-playing game Cthulhu Saves the World to more platforms. With the help of Tinkerhouse Games, the team's brand of humor will grace iPhone, iPad, Android, and Mac early this year. If the three-...

 
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New rules: Xbox Live Indie Games can be bigger, cost less

Understandably, there's still tension between Xbox Live Indie Game developers and Microsoft. New policy updates are being issued that improve conditions somewhat, and while they probably won't lead to a dramatic change, they are a step in t...

 
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They Breathe is deceptively creepy, worth a look

They Breathe is disturbing in all the right ways. For starters, it's got the fear of running out of breath, one gamers have had since the days of Sonic the Hedgehog or before. And then there's the creatures. They look to me like horrifying...

 
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Orbitron: Revolution is worth a look, Defender fans

Last week marked the launch of Orbitron: Revolution, an Xbox Live Indie Game developed by ex-Capcom Vancouver and Electronic Arts employees. To quickly sum it up, the game is a scrolling shooter in the same vein as Defender, with a style i...

 
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Xbox Live Indie Games: meet an unforgettable purple goat

Maybe you've never heard of MagicalTimeBean, the studio behind the highly addictive tower defense/adventure titles Soulcaster and Soulcaster II, but if that genre doesn't appeal to you, maybe Escape Goat will.  Featuring a pur...

 
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Celebrate Super Meat Month with an XBLA update and sale

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the lovable little red bundle of muscle and sinew jumped on to XBLA. So, to help celebrate this momentous occasion, Team Meat has decided to make November Super Meat Month.&n...

 
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Review: Wizorb

Though we don't tend to do full reviews for Xbox Live Indie Games, we attempt to highlight the ones worth playing. The perception is that this hub is primarily filled with bad to mediocre games, and while I think that's still...   read

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[Update: Contest extended!] YES! You read that right! The awesome people behind Techno Kitten Adventure want to give you money and delicious meat products. DELICIOUS! MEAT! PRODUCTS! Don't know what Techno Kitten Adventure is...   read

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Dev: PSN is a 'failure' and Team Meat are 'crybabies'

You may not have heard the name Guillaume Boucher-Vidal, but you're about to. He has opinions and he wants to share them with the world. The Nine Dots Studio manager has gone on record as saying the PSN is close to a "complete failure"...

 
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Wizorb headed to the Xbox Live Indie channel next week

There may be very few Xbox Live Indie Games worth actively anticipating, but when one does come along, it's on us to beat you over the head until you either get it on your radar or, understandably, run away. My current focus is on Tribute G...

 
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Wizorb due out this month, creators form Tribute Games

Been a while since we heard about Wizorb, the fantasy-themed brick breaker still due out on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel and PC. I was starting to worry about its existence, or seeming lack thereof, but we've got an update from the peo...

 
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The Fez interview that may change your life

Despite the fact that Fez's two man development team has been largely silent on the game since it first showed up years ago, it has not become vaporware. The guys at Polytron have finally resurfaced, with a playable demo and tentative...

 
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Meat Pack added to Techno Kitten Adventure for free

The always-fun Techno Kitten Adventure has been given a free content update on Xbox 360. There's a new meat-tastic level, as shown above, and a cat wrapped in delicious bacon. Why has no one thought of this before? What's more, both this Xb...

 
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Voxel-based indie Cell: Emergence looks promising

As someone who enjoys watching YouTube videos of DNA replication and the like, the upcoming cellular arcade shooter / simulation Cell: Emergence looks rather neat. It's being developed by New Life Interactive, a studio formed by Sheldon Pa...

 

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Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst...

 

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Thrustmaster TMX Force Feedback Wheel"Basically the T150, but for Xbox One and PC"

 

Fragments of Him"Great writing and performances, terrible pacing and gameplay"

 

Push Me Pull You"Playing Nightcrawlers"

 

Chronos"I keep getting older, but they stay the same age"

 

The Climb"You rock, rock"

 

Hitman: Sapienza"Molto buono"

 

Ray Gigant"Challenge not included"

 

Soda Drinker Pro"Like explaining an inside joke to someone else"

 

King's Quest: Once Upon a Climb"A tale of two princesses"

 
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Battleborn day-one update is only 470mb!

 
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Killed the Abyss Watchers in an epic

 
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Madonna oficially became a female MMO character now

 
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So I posted a 4v4 RT game on youtube just to show what its like to

 
BigDoniel

Fair to say the Dota 2 addiction is Have no idea why, the game just never seems to get

 
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I was so stoked to finally see Dreamweaver sharing his artwork with the community that I had the urge to try drawing his catgirl OC, Mayuki, So if youre reading this Dream, consider it a gift from one fledgling artist to another!

 
Agent9

I wish the Storm ruler did a little more than just kill 1 it would have been epic if it casted a strong wind projectile that could disarm enemies or At least chew stamina or Its underutilization is a

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Friendly reminder that Pocket Card Jockey is coming out in 2 days and will consume my life at that

 
Torchman

Chapter 8 gave me 360 snipes for days on end Still not enough to make up for Roger

 
Kaleido Ruby

Hub music, huh?

 
Sr Churros

Welp, Phantasy Star Online 2 failed to run and accuses a missing Either I somehow fucked up when installing or I just need to update Checking for missing game files right now , it is so Current status:

 
EdgyDude

General question: Do other Dtoiders have a shame game? a shame game is game you got by mistake, in a bundle or some other way that youd be embarrassed other people knew you have in your

 
GuerrillaOcelot

I finished Senran Kagura Estival Versus Also, I wrapped up the remaining challenges on Also, I made progress on Dark Souls It has been a good Who needs the outdoors?

 
OverlordZetta

Holy shit! Konami has announced a new game? And its coming to every Sony console AND every Nintendo one?! And its from an old Huson Soft IP?!? And its NOT Bomberman?!?! EDIT: And it may just be a PS2 port somehow severely mislabeled on top of that?!

 
gajknight

PSA: Do not buy the Last Maharaja DLC for AC It is hot trash and Bretts 6/10 is 4 points too Awful, janky and Jack the Ripper though, that is excellent Do get

 
Jinx 01

Steam made a little addition that I *really* Part of the problem with reviews is that games change a lot with patches & updates, especially in Early This makes it easier to see where a game is at the

 
Kaleido Ruby

I think its trying to tell us

 
Amna Umen

My best friend (who introduced me to Dtoid) is developing a game and could use some feedback on his It means so much to me that he succeeds that Im using my 200th QP! Any feedback you leave here Ill pass onto him

 
OverlordZetta

11 years later and this is still my favorite hub world music in a Id just leave the game open and do other stuff to have it playing while I went about my Good, good

 
Sr Churros

I predict the new Battlefield this year will probably be a 2142 sequel, because futuristic shooters are currently in and EA is playing If that ends up being I think they lost a hell of an opportunity for not releasing a sequel for it

 
CoilWhine

I streamed and beat an awesome indie game windowframe, where the window width is used as a weapon and obstacle, streamed part four of Amazing Frog (I unlocked the city and found a boat by getting enough points) + replayed Dead Bits (why? idk)

 
Luca Blight

Goodnight or good morning everyone Im off to

 
Roxas1359

Working on my last research paper of the Need tons of primary sources relating to Japanese American resettlement after the Era of Internment and I cant think of where to Hmm, time for me to put on my thinking

 
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Bloodborne, day 3!!! Link found in

 
Rico the Penguin

*adjusts glasses*

 
gajknight

Managed to defeat Nue in the Nioh Satisfying man, I see good things in this games future, for Finishing up the AC Syndicate DLC, then its onto Cant fricking wait man!

 
Torchman

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Im still having a problem seeing embedded youtube videos when using SSL on It looks like the browser (Chrome) wont load them because the embedded URL is a plain

 

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