Braving The Xbox Live Indie Wasteland, One Game At A Time

One hundred days ago, Kotaku reader Chris set out on a voyage. He was going to wake up every morning, buy a new Xbox Live Indie game, play it, then review it. Now, 100 days later, he's still going.

Inspired by the mini-revolt staged by some Indie devs last year against Microsoft's treatment of their games, his mission was simple: find games not on the service's "top downloaded list" and, more importantly, find out if they were any good.

It's a noble endeavour! After all, sites covering more high-profile titles barely have the time to review those, let alone the seas of home-made games flooding the indie scene (though our own Mike Fahey certainly does a valiant job trying!), so it's nice seeing people like Chris and fellow commenter Kobun (who runs an equally-impressive catalogue of XBL Indie Games) take the time to sort through them.

Pledging to continue his arduous journey, Chris points out that the task only gets harder by the day: in the time it took him to review 100 games a further 400 were added to the service. Plus, you know. He's paying for all these. Sure, these games are cheap - some as low as $US1 - but when you hit 100 days, it starts to add up!

If you feel like checking out a bunch of good (and sometimes great, and sometimes terrible) games you've never ever heard of, you can read all 100 reviews (and those to come!) at Chris' site, linked below.

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    Thanks for carrying this article over from to

    The person in question is me, but my name is Steven (not Chris).

    The article was updated shortly after it went up to correct that, and also to note that I do not review bad games, if I don't like a game I move on until I find a game that is enjoyable and has strong production values.

    Here's a link to the current version:

    Oh, and a minor thing, but I'm Canadian, so the games don't ever cost me $1 U.S. (they cost me about $1.13 Canadian, instead). ;)

    Thanks again! :)

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