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Summer of Arcade 2012: The Summer of Blah

Vagary's Tony looks back at this year's Summer of Arcade and wonders where it all went wrong.

"This 'Blockbuster Lineup that will keep you playing all summer long' clearly won’t. Is this the future of Summer Arcade? 2012 showed it for what it is becoming: an advertising device for mediocre titles. Microsoft has better titles available: why not allow your Blockbuster promotion to include actual blockbusters?"

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Hicken1396d ago

I hear Dust is pretty good. If I had a 360, that'd probably be the only game from SoA that I'd buy.

napoleon10661396d ago

Pretty much the only title worth your time. Deadlight was good, for a little while, until the flaws became more and more exposed.

hennessey861396d ago

Deadlight was great, tony hawks was great and dust is amazing

TheoreticalParticle1396d ago

"Why not allow your Blockbuster promotion to include actual blockbusters?"

Because Microsoft used Summer of Arcade basically to only promote Microsoft published XBLA titles this year. They took a page from Nintendo's third-party killing book and listened to the cash register sounds in their head instead.

Glad people are noticing how shitty of a move it was.

SlipperyMooseCakes1396d ago

Well publishing really has nothing to do with it. All of the titles released were published by Microsoft except for Tony Hawk. The ones that were published by Microsoft were not first party studios of theirs. They simply saw games they liked from other developers and offered to publish in return for exclusivity. This is different than only highlighting and releasing games produced in house.

TheoreticalParticle1396d ago

I'm not talking about the publishing side, I'm talking about the Summer of Arcade selection process. In the past, this promotion has been used to boost attention for high-quality XBLA titles from everyone, with 1 or 2 Microsoft titles in the mix.

This year Microsoft just decided it wanted all the cash for itself.

Rupee1396d ago

Yeah pretty much... They were all pretty sub-par. Dust: repetitive. Deadlight: boring. Tony Hawk: might be fun if you're into those types of games. Wreckateer: almost seems like it should have been a mobile game.

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