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4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 15, 2013, 14:27 Beamer
nin wrote on Jan 15, 2013, 14:22:
ldonyo wrote on Jan 15, 2013, 09:34:
Every time I see an article on games being 'lost' on XBLA it's always based on comments from a developer whose game isn't selling very well. Maybe it's the game and not XBLA.

It is a pain in the ass to navigate and find stuff, if you're not sure what you're after...

Of course something lost is something not selling well, too. If it's selling well it isn't lost.

Navigating the indies section is impossible. No way to judge quality, and the time you put in is never worth the reward.

The XBLA section became the same way. A new game a week seemed like a trickle when it started, but soon became overwhelming. While there are some excellent games (Shadow Complex is a must-buy), it became hard to keep up with. I haven't been to that section in well over a year, though I occasionally play some of my old purchases (which are probably never discounted.)

Not certain the solution, but the current implementation is clearly a failure. Well, I guess I haven't seen sales stats so I can't say that, but I just assume that if I find it overwhelming and annoying most people do, and you never really hear talk about it anymore. The occasional game gets buzz, like Fez or Spelunky (actually, I bought Spelunky, so I guess I have been there recently), but as a whole the enormous buzz it had in 2009 disappeared.
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