New Xbox Dashboard Is "˜Anti-Indie' Says Developers

By Alastair Stevenson on December 9, 2011, 8:00AM EDT
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Following the release of the new Xbox dashboard a number of developers have stepped forward to accuse Microsoft of further marginalising the Indie Games section.

Speaking to Eurogamer, developers attacked Microsoft claiming the new design is indicative of the company's ongoing disinterest in indie titles. "Microsoft take a back-seat approach and only really gets involved to take a cut of your sales and make the games slightly harder to find with each new dashboard update," commented Brett Eveleigh, the developer of Avatar Battle Bees.

The attack came after Microsoft moved the Indie Section even further away from the main sections, not listing indie games in the 'New Arrivals' or 'Genre tabs'. The marginalisation in-turn led to concerns by developers that Microsoft may soon remove the genre's dedicated tile, replacing it with rolling promotions.

"For better or worse, the new Metro layout is an advertiser's dream," commented Mommy's Best Games founder Nathan Fouts. "Every single main page now has an advertisement on it (you can't scroll away any more), there are dozens of secret little places to feature things, and it's easy to get lost."

"But simply getting to the main portal for Arcade, Games on Demand or Indie Games, or for that matter my own game library is a chore. I like the 'quick list' but if it would have a simple connection to my complete library, it would be a huge help."

Source: Eurogamer

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