Aussie Dev Calls For Community Games Ratings System

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We know that the Xbox 360's Community Games don't sell and don't make any money. Aussie developer Halfbrick has a solution.

The biggest problem for the Community Games channel - other than we can't access it here in Australia - is that Microsoft only highlight new releases. Speaking to Kotaku earlier today, Phil Larsen from Queensland studio Halfbrick, reckons they could be doing a lot more to promote the games.

"The Microsoft team is keen to support the community with technical advice and software updates, but a few key issues are severely limiting the consumer response. Namely the lack of any ratings system which gives the more acclaimed games better exposure. After a game is pushed from the New Arrivals section, it's lost in the archives forever. Gamers don't want to dig through the catalogue because they assume most, if not all of the XNA games are lousy, and without a rating system to show them that many are actually really good, there's no reason for them to think otherwise."

It's hard to argue with that. Community Games already has a peer review system in place to ensure all games available for purchase are free of bugs, glitches and offensive or copyrighted content. Why not add a simple 5-star rating system that let users help each out in identifying the best the service has to offer? Come on, Microsoft, it can't be that hard.


Comments

    Makes a lot of sense to me. You can't really have a "Youtube Of Games" without letting users add ratings or bookmark favourites.

    So Dave, when are we getting Community Games down here?

    It will never be a "YouTube of games" if it's not available internationally. Especially (in our case) when their are aussie developers creating games we don't get to play.

    @stalker

    Dunno. Microsoft previously said it would be out early this year. Then when that passed it became "TBC". I'm thinking they're looking to iron out all the problems with it before we see a proper global launch.

    Microsoft already provide a Most Popular listing, I'm pretty sure that if a rating system was in place, it would almost emulate the current popularity listing.

    Also, there are currently plenty of external review sites for XNA games, see here for a list as published by Microsoft: http://creators.xna.com/en-US/news/reviewsofxblcg

    @David

    I read somewhere that the delay's more likely to be related to the fact that the games aren't classified and since they're normal games they can't fit in the MMO loophole.

    Also the peer reviewing doesn't ensure all games a bug free, they only need to be passed by a minimal amount of reviewers to get into the store.

    Phil Larsen is far from the first person to mention a ratings system. It's a pretty common suggestion in the community.

    Amen. This is exactly what Xbox Live needs!

    Sure there are external sites that give great feed back on games. But having a rating system in box, is a much more streamlined approach to get those titles sold.

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