Space Police on Super Highway 9

Baddies. The scum of our Super Highways. Drunk drivers, high on Super Space Juice. Criminals, fleeing the scenes of their dastardly space crimes. Old ladies, blind without their Space Specs. Deal with them, Rookie, and restore Space Justice to Super Highway 9.

AvaGlide

Take your Avatar hang gliding over beautiful islands and an active volcano. Race through Ring Rush, collect stars in Star Smash, hit your targets in Delivery Dash, or simply unwind and explore in Free Flight. Three unique settings and nine challenges, all with online scoreboards. Take to the skies TODAY!

Crate Expectations

Crate Expectations is a game about screwing up everyone else's plans. Strategically block their paths, trap them with ice and generally annoy your rivals so that you can race ahead to deliver your crates! Play on 69 lovely levels with our Super Evil AI, friends on your couch or players all over the world over LIVE. Note that we cannot guarantee that friends will remain friends while playing.

Why the Xbox One is good for Indies

Posted at 8:13 by Jock

I was recently asked why I develop for the Xbox Live Indie Game marketplace rather than PC or other platforms. My response made noises about moving on to Unity and PlayStation 4 because of the abandonment of XNA and there being no news on what support there would be for self-publishing on the new Xbox. I’ve been thinking about this over the last few days and something felt wrong about what I’d said. It stank of whiny yeast, bitter bile, Microsoft-bashing and not really grokking what being an Indie developer is about. The Xbox One is going to be awesome for Indie developers because we aren’t going to be on it.

The big fish are about to leave the pond

When a new console comes out there’s a huge drive toward it, with the manufacturer herding the publishers and developers along.  The publishers show off the eye-candy, the manufacturers make a big song and dance and the uber-geek developers can’t wait to get their hands on the shiny new hardware. It’s an exciting time for everyone but there’s always a period of transition where there’s a massive existing market that the big game companies simply drop. This is going to leave us Indies with 70 million users hungry for new games.

Grokking Indie

If you’re an Indie developer you might be thinking “Hey, I want to try that shiny new hardware too!” but first ask yourself if you’ve actually reached the hardware limits of the 360. If you answer yes then I suggest you do a side-by-side comparison of a recent triple-A release and your game. If you still honestly answer yes then congratulations and I suggest you get a publishing deal with Microsoft. To me the Indie movement is about trying new ideas, experimenting with the medium and exploring the boundaries of what a game is. None of these things require something the Xbox One has that the 360 doesn’t.

I have a hope that Microsoft is fully aware of the transition period ahead and have a plan for improving Indie content accessibility on the 360. I also have a fear that they will be brutal in their herding of customers on to the Xbox One and our XNA memberships will be cut short. However the hope is stronger than the fear and I for one intend to stick around on the platform for a good few years yet. I encourage you to do the same.

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