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Nobody can rival Microsoft and Xbox for downloadable games, says Castle Crashers dev

Console indie community "would not exist" without XBLA (Arcade, Industry, Xbox 360)

Godchild1020  +   821d ago
I think Flow, Flower and journey can put up a fight. Probably not sales wise but enjoyment and gameplay. Pushmo on the 3DS is a great one as well.

@Dirty, I'm sure Journey sold fairly well and made a profit for them. What makes you think they won't just developer for all platforms or what makes you think they will move to solely to XBLA? What if their 3 game contract ended with Sony and now have the money to build on more platforms.
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DiRtY  +   821d ago
And the lacking sales are the reason the developer did not renew the contract. They will develop for XBLA from now on.
moegooner88  +   821d ago
What lacking sales, Journey broke PSN sales records and became best selling PSN game of all time, TGC just want to share their material with more audience.
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GribbleGrunger  +   821d ago
Yeah, someone offered to buy me a Ferrari for Christmas but one look at the sales put me off taking the offer.
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Ducky  +   821d ago
^ Ferrari have lower sales because their cars have a drastically higher price than 'common' cars.

XBL/PSN games are priced in the same range, so your analogy doesn't work.

That being said, I don't think TGC went multi because they had disappointing sales and I'm glad that more people will get to experience their future titles.
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MikeMyers  +   821d ago
The production of Ferrari cars is limited and often sold out. How does a service selling the same games and for the same price relevant to your analogy of high-performance cars?

This isn't Honda sales versus Ferrari sales. It's a console service competing with another console service that both sell Indie games.
ABizzel1  +   821d ago
I disagree, PSN has some great titles just like XBL. But what I will say is MS does a much better job at marketing and advertising them on the Dashboard and since Sony only has the XMB they can't offer the same advertisement unless you go to the PS Store and hopefully notice the ad that goes by.

Another bonus MS has is it was more accepting of Indie Devs. while the other consoles remained closed. But with PSMobile and the new PlayStation Store (better at marketing games) Sony should be able to remedy that.

As far as Castle Crashers on PS3 it was at a disadvantage because it was already on 360 for what 2 years before it came to PSN, so it was going to have a hard time selling on PSN.

His statement reigns true for now, but it seems Sony at least are trying to be more open as well. What would be great is if mods are allowed on the next consoles as long as they go through the developer's approval (UT3 allowed mods on PS3 so do it more often). Mods would be easier than ever if the rumors of SOny and MS using off the shelf parts are true. Not to mention Skyrim would actually work on PS3 by now.
nukeitall  +   821d ago

Say what you want, but whatever vodoo magic MS does, it has certainly helped indie devs.

Before MS and until today, there is still no other console manufacturer that allows indies to create games with superb development tools, sell them on the market without a publishing contract and at less than a $100 cost.

MS deserves credit for that!

In regards to PS Mobile, it is just a closed platform on an essentially open smart phone platform.

"Sony at least are trying to be more open as well."

It's kind of odd, since Sony was very open with their PS3 hardware this generation (while the PS Vita was and is pretty closed), yet their dev kits cost $10k and indie devs have no access.

Sony definitely deserves credit for that, but I doubt Sony will continue to pursue that course next generation as seen by the PS Vita memory cards.
BitbyDeath  +   821d ago
@DiRtY, Journey didn't lack sales, it was the fastest selling title ever on US PSN.

MmaFan-Qc  +   820d ago
this "article" is coming directly from the "Official Xbox Mag", so we can pretty much assume that its totally objective and non-biased......

its kinda like when reggie told us that COD look and is WAY better on the wii u....

fermcr  +   821d ago
If you take out the PC, the X360 does have the best downloadable games from all consoles.
CalvinKlein  +   821d ago
shadow complex is not on PC and it IS the best DL game made this generation, FACT.
HammadTheBeast  +   821d ago
I disagree completely.
DigitalRaptor  +   821d ago
That's a cool sentiment, but they're still playable on my PC with bells and whistles.

@ CalvinKlien

Shadow Complex? Games like Braid, Outland, Bastion and Dead Nation are just as good if not better, FACT. ;)
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spicelicka  +   821d ago
The article is referring to xbox live as a whole, not specific xbla games that are better than others, those games are great but they wouldn't be developed without xbla setting a comfort for success.

I think the devs are talking about what xbla did for the community as a whole. Plus there's the indie games community which no other console really has.
SilentNegotiator  +   821d ago
A certain service starting with an "S" and ending in a "team" absolutely does. Which in fact has Castle Crashers.

And they do it without dictatorial restrictions or timed exclusivity payoffs.
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morkendo23  +   821d ago
from YAHOO NEWS the xbox 360 was never going to make up the slack , and microsoft can no longer aford to keep investing in it. kinect is great technology but, for a company like microsoft, xbox not enough. so, nice as xbox is it's not going to be enough to boost sales ........ xbox 720 will be DELAYED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from what is announced on YAHOO NEWS !
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ThatsGaming  +   820d ago
XBLA has brought more retro arcade games (with achievements) to XBLA through Game Room and single downloads than the other consoles.

Meanwhile, XBLA had Zen Pinball, Braid, Puzzle Quest, Castle Crashers, Outland, Portal Still Alive, Monkey Island, etc. as timed exclusives before they went to other platforms.

And they still have Trials Evolution, Minecraft, Trials HD, Limbo, Mark of the Ninja, Super Meat Boy, Geometry Wars, Geometry Wars 2, Rez HD, Shadow Complex, Ikaruga, Spelunky, N Plus, Comic Jumper, Bastion, Splosion Man, and Ms Splosion Man as highly rated exclusive home console downloadable games.

All consoles have quite a large selection of exclusive and non-exclusive downloadable games. XBLA has the most comprehensive selection of quality downloadable titles.

I will admit that Flower and Journey are probably two of the most unique, quality, downloadable titles on any console. And Sony has games like Fat Princess, Stardust, and Wipeout are good quality as well. But XBLA, has the strongest overall lineup.
Godchild1020  +   820d ago
Limbo is on PSN. It's one of the free titles for European PlayStation Plus users. And a few are on PC.

The Xbox does have quite a good amount of titles that are only, on that platform.
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GribbleGrunger  +   821d ago
There is no doubt that MS and LIVE have contributed to the Indie scene in a major way, but when I consider games like Journey, Flow, Flower, Unfinished Swan, the Pixel Junk series and many other titles, I can't help but feel that it's actually Sony that are pushing the Indie scene now.
spicelicka  +   821d ago
but that's due to the developers being amazing, Sony just happens to have those great studios. Of course Sony is helping them, but only now that the scene has been established.
HammadTheBeast  +   821d ago
I can say the exact same about Microsoft. Then again, PSN has the upcoming Dust 514 which wipes the XBL market off the floor, and is also free.
spicelicka  +   820d ago
You said nothing but fanboy b.s.
I made a comment about xbla because i feel it did some innovative things, and came out a whole year before PSN and Nintendo's VC. I didn't mention any specific games, nor did i say it's soo much better than PSN.

I don't know what stroked your insecurity to bring up Dust 514...and compare it to the whole XBL marketplace-_-
Shepherd 214  +   820d ago
Spicelicka was only commenting on how XBLA established the awareness of console downloadable games and Hammad somehow felt the need to be defensive and try to one-up Xbox as a whole...
Knight_Crawler  +   821d ago
Go home Gribble Ginger you are drunk again.
baodeus  +   820d ago

here is why Sony aren't helping indie developers to get their foot into the consumer doors. Sony doesn't implement a demand that all indie game have some sort of demo/information/etc...therefo re some do post something, and many just don't even bother. Some just have pictures or just a short description; I jumped for joy when I recently start seeing some videos for god sake. How the hell does Sony expect consumers to buy anything if they don't have a clue of what it is (even if it is GOTY potential like journey)?

On the xlive, they have an entire section dedicated to just indie games. Furthermore, when you, as a consumer, click on any indie game (or any other game for that matter), it gives you all the information, demo (available for every games), pictures, related contents (if any), sale notice, advertisment, etc.......that is how you expose the game to consumer by giving them enough information to make a purchase decision. MS also release XNA for people to create games for free, but they do have to pay $100/year (pretty cheap for indie developer) for admission to the XNA creators club.
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Zha1tan  +   821d ago
lol ok...
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BanBrother  +   820d ago
I actually agree with the author. The downloadable part has always been in Xbox's favour IMO, too bad not so much in the retail part.

This year Sony has fought back very hard though; Journey, Dyad, Papo and Yo to name a few.
Zha1tan  +   820d ago
The console indie market is really not that big. Xbox may have a big share of it but PC is where the indie market really comes through.
BanBrother  +   819d ago
I agree. I was talking about XBLA. I don't even have the indie games in my country lol.
Jinkies  +   821d ago
Yeah but recently MS are restricitng Indie Devs and are not giving them a lot of freedom. Since Kinect launched they seem to care less and less about the indie community. I think Sony can put up a fight with there indie games.

If you were an indie dev would you rather work on a game for a money hungry company who will restrict what you do or a company who will give you the freedom.
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NeverEnding1989  +   821d ago
SONY is just as money hungry as Microsoft. Actually, considering SONY's financial difficulties, they are more money hungry. It's called capitalism. SONY's #1 priority is shareholders.

Looking at some of the top rated PSN games: Braid, Castle Crashers, Super Stardust HD, it's evident of the effect of XBLA. These games were either made for Xbox 360 originally or direct copies of XBLA games.

God article. M$ deserves the credit for bringing indie games to the forefront this gen.
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Jinkies  +   821d ago
If Sony were so money hungry like MS then they would of caved into the casual audience especialy under the finacial situation they are in but they havent.
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SDF Repellent  +   821d ago
@JinkieS, Xbox live does have the best games and developers are not restricted. Please play with a x360 for once and go look at the selections of Xbox Live Arcade games to see for youeself. Indies company will go make games that can can make them the most money and Xbox Live is the place. It is strictly business 101.
Sephiroushin  +   821d ago
Castle Crasher dev John Baez and obviously Itagaki are always biased anyways ...

Oh, and Dead Nation says Hi!
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ziggurcat  +   821d ago
flower, flow, journey, sound shapes, the about a blob games, the pixeljunk games, critter crunch, and the countless other indie games exclusive to PS3 say, "hi!"
JellyJelly  +   821d ago

Trials HD
Trials Evolution
Mark of the Ninja
Castle Crashers
Shadow Complex
Dust: An Elysian Tail™
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Zombie Driver HD
Assault Heroes 2
Dungeon Defenders
Crimson Alliance™
Radiant Silvergun
Rock of Ages
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Ms. Splosion Man™
Super Meat Boy
The Dishwasher: VS
Comic Jumper
Monday Night Combat
Hydro Thunder
Zeno Clash UE
Perfect Dark
PB Winterbottom
Defense Grid
Banjo Kazooie
The Maw
Rez HD
Alien Hominid HD

...say goodnight.
indubitably  +   821d ago
Don't forget about:
The Geometry wars games
Murder Miners
Happy Wars
The Doritos games (lol)
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
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DEATHSTROKE-cro-  +   821d ago
Castle Crashers is on PS3 XD
LOL Banjo is shit.
Fruit Ninja Kinect. are you serious ?!
half of those games is shit
portal_2  +   821d ago
Nice try but:

Castle Crashers
Zombie Driver HD
Dungeon Defenders
Rock of Ages
ON/Coming to PSN...
Almost as bad as Reggie ;)
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blackstrr411  +   821d ago
Mark of the ninja
IronFistChinMi  +   821d ago
Have to agree. I checked out the "My games" section on my 360 the other day and had 65 titles downloaded from XBLA alone (excluding full blown 360 titles).
yesmynameissumo  +   821d ago
Have to disagree. I have 45 PSN games (excluding PS+ and full PS3 games). That has nothing to do with Microsoft or XBLA.
SOULJER  +   821d ago
WOW. This dude be smoking that new and improved CRACK. LOL.
Chrono  +   821d ago
Steam is still better for indie developers.
FordGTGuy  +   821d ago
Actually not as much as it used to be but Steam's new greenlight voting system is now forcing indie developers to compete with larger developers. On top of that unlike the larger developers who only have to get a game through once the indie developers have to do it for every game on Steam.

Sent from Galaxy Tab 2
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Shadonic  +   821d ago
cant wait for state of decay from MS
IronFistChinMi  +   821d ago
Yeah, that game sounds awesome. Probably top of my XBLA list for next year.
yesmynameissumo  +   821d ago
Their growth is a result of XBLA. That, in no way, means no one can rival MS. PSN (on the console side, Wii U eShop doesn't have enough releases to compare) has some stellar exclusive games and, well, the same games as XBLA. Bastion, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mark of the Ninja, Minecraft, Trials and Deadlight are examples of quality exclusive XBLA games, but they aren't the end all be all. Everyone has an ecosystem that has something for everyone.
Blankman85  +   821d ago
Hmmmmmm, who am I going to listen to? An N4G SONY Champion, or an actual indie developer. Tough choice.
Also, why are people bringing up Steam when the man was clearly quoted saying "I think without a doubt the indie CONSOLE community would not exist as it does today. . ."
What is PSN's equivalent of XBLIG?
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yesmynameissumo  +   821d ago
You know I give a shit who you listen to, right? PSN doesn't need an indie channel when the amount of indie games keeps increasing. Just sayin.
Christopher  +   821d ago
PS Minis....
Farsendor1  +   821d ago
steam was better is better and will always be better. paying to play online is crappy
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from the beach  +   821d ago
I can agree with that, it seems MS was the first to actually not care whether its important games launch via a download or on a disk.
momthemeatloaf  +   821d ago
It's because Americans buy games and Xbox is dominated by Americans.

Ps3 is a Euro console and Europeans only play fifa and cod
The_Klank  +   821d ago
wow... I reckon u just pissed off two thirds of the world with that one comment.
Ben_Grimm  +   821d ago
I agree with this article, hands down XBLA is the brightest spot when it comes to downloadable games. Especially compared to its first couple of years when all it had to offer was retro gaming downloads.

Games like Mark of the Ninja, Toy Soldiers, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Bastion and of course the excellent Ms. Splosion Man.

Those and the many, many indie titles is what makes XBLA a true winner.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   821d ago
Yep, and future titles like Loco Cycle, Matter and State Of Decay should be great.

Not to mention the F2P game Ascend 2 Gods. I really can't until MS starts releasing AAA F2P games in the near future. XBLA would be THAT much better.
If I was a developer I would just use Steam. Screw MS. PC > console for indie games.
rainslacker  +   821d ago
If you were a developer you would want to get your game out to as many people as possible. Console wars and fanboy bickering has nothing to do with business. There are pros and cons to all distribution methods.
Chrono  +   820d ago
Zeboyd released their XBLA games on Steam, and made more revenue in less than a week on Steam than they have in over a year and a half on the XBox Live Indie Games service.

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DomceM  +   821d ago
"Nobody can rival Microsoft and Xbox for downloadable games"

I agree completely. Minor correction though... Need to replace "Microsoft and Xbox" With "Valve and Steam". I know im nitpicking but may as well be on point.
FordGTGuy  +   821d ago
Actually I'd like to see indie sales between both Xbox 360 and Steam. Steam sells a lot of full games but not as much Indie games.
Norrison  +   821d ago
Steam got 95% of all the indie games, it got hundreds of indie games, and with the greenlight system any indie game that the community likes can join the enourmous steam's library
FordGTGuy  +   817d ago
Greenlight doesn't allow any Indie title to enter Steam it just lets the community choose which sounds like a good thing till a bunch of great not really known Indie games get no votes and don't make it.
DomceM  +   821d ago
the fact that 8 people pressed "disagree" under my post doesnt change the fact that steam has more indie games. Go and look for yourself if you don't believe me.

Perpetuating lies and misconceptions to make your console look better makes you weak.
isarai  +   821d ago
SprigganN4G  +   821d ago
Buy all consoles and play all, THANK GOD we have competition between three brands and the PC (and Mobile Android/IOS/WPhone), that only benefit us, the gamers.

Stop wearing any company's shirt
josephayal  +   821d ago
nothing can beat Minecraft
Omnislash  +   821d ago
Journey, a downloadable title gets nominated for game of the year and these castle crasher devs think nobody can rival?

lol nope.
BitbyDeath  +   821d ago
Warhawk is my favourite downloadable title this gen.
TekoIie  +   821d ago
Belking  +   821d ago
Xbox live has no equal. It is the best. Psn has some good games but not near as many as XB Live. This will most likely continue on into next gen. Sorry, but it's the truth.
asmith2306  +   820d ago
Sorry, but explain your reasoning please...
Belking  +   820d ago
I just did. It's a superior service. It goes like this.

PSN= best price
XBL= best service.
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paybackprahl  +   821d ago
Journey says otherwise.
Skate-AK  +   821d ago
Castle Crashers is awesome. I'm happy it came to PS3 cause I had never played it until then.
Moncole  +   821d ago
The Wii U will attract the indie deva because it will be free for them to patch their games unlike PSN and XBL that you need to pay 40k and the devs pick the price and they don't need a publisher. involved.

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