An Idea that would help XBLIG, Microsoft, and gamers


This week I will be discussing a few things in this segment, but mostly relating to Indie Games and what can be done to help them. Today is my idea for helping raise sales.


There is no denying a few facts:

1. Microsoft does no advertising for XBLIG ever
2. Most XBLIG are crap, with a handful of amazing games
3. The top rated section of the XBLIG marketplace is a broken, useless section. As is Kotaku’s favorites
4.  People don’t buy XBLIG for a variety of reasons including: they think they are all crap, no achievements, better games on flash sites, etc.

HERE is a thread I started asking people why they don’t play indie games. It is an achievement site, so ignore those answers. HERE is another one I started, very few replies so far, but same general idea. So it has been established I didn’t just make up the public’s opinion for the sake of my own argument? Good, on with the show.

So how can we fix the indie game system to where everyone is happy? We would have to make the following people happy:

1. Microsoft
2. Indie Developers
3. Gamers

Now we can make all of them happy by making something that will make the first 2 a lot of money while giving gamers a great deal for the money they will pay. Now how can we do this? Let me propose something a little bit off the wall. Here is my step by step guide written for Microsoft on how to make $ with the indie games they have right now.

1. Discover Indie Games exist on your console
2. Pick a genre (for this example we will do RPGs)
3. Decide on a good variety of great Indie RPGs that would sell for about $15 total
4. Package all the games together, add achievements and a few new features so fans will rebuy it, and release on XBLA

The games I would pick for an RPG pack would be Doom and Destiny, Cthulhu Saves the World, BloodyCheckers (yes it is technically an RPG), Cursed Loot, and Avatar Legends.

This pack could be sold for $10, with whatever % is normal going to Microsoft, and the rest getting split evenly among the indie developers. This would really help people know that indie games are actually good, but also get more people to play them, which is good for everyone involved. This is a great idea in my opinion, and I would love to hear what anyone has to say about my idea, or an idea of their own.


About Dcon
Just a 20 something dude who like to think a lot about things, sometimes even write about them.

6 Responses to An Idea that would help XBLIG, Microsoft, and gamers

  1. Not only your idea isn’t bad, i think it’s kinda the best idea i’ve read so far on the matter.

    • Dcon6393 says:

      thanks. I have a few more ideas to fully flesh out. Well I guess that is what my lecture classes are for. I really like the idea of genre packs. An RPG pack might be one of the hardest to pull off, but worth it.

  2. Archerycat29 says:

    That’s actually a really good idea. Doing a couple packs for different genres of the best games would be a great way to advertise to people who don’t know about XBLIG.

    • Dcon6393 says:

      yeah, and also it would give the developers of the best of the best the an opportunity to have their skills shown on a bigger stage. This would be great for the fans as well because we could get new features in our favorite indie games like online leaderboards, bigger online communities, etc

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