Indie Games Gone Bad

Posted August 7th, 2009 by William Willing

Categories: Business

Today I received an e-mail from the Xbox LIVE Team, telling me - amongst other things - that Xbox LIVE Community Games will henceforth be known as Xbox LIVE Indie Games. I don’t actually get any Community/Indie Games on my Xbox, as my region doesn’t seem to have that feature, but let’s not dwell on that.

I believe Microsoft is doing serious indie game developers a disservice with this name change. A lot of the Community Games are poor quality games, developed by lowly skilled hobbyist. That’s not really a problem, as far as I’m concerned. However, by changing the name from Community Games to Indie Games, gamers will soon associate the term indie game with poor quality and that’s bad news.

Serious indie game developers are not just trying to make cool games, they are trying to run a business, and in business, audience perception counts. When gamers start to think that indie games are mostly bad, it will hurt the entire indie game market.

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