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Please, Microsoft! Keep Indie Games on Xbox One

One of my favorite parts of the Xbox 360 is the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) section. I have found many games like Bleed, Quiet, Please!, I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1, and FEZ. So, I was sad to hear that Microsoft will no longer allow indie game developers to self-publish to the Xbox One.

Our friends over at Polygon have talked to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. They asked him about indie game publishing and he said,

“I love indie games. Personally, that’s where I’m playing a lot of games. I love the diversity of characters, stories and play styles. We want to make the television screen a home for more content, diversity of business model, size of content. Look at 360 and our history investing in games like Braid, Limbo, Castle Crashers and Trials. I think the team has done a nice job of identifying small indie developers and bringing those games [to Xbox].”

It sounds great, but Microsoft has to help developers get over some of the unnecessary hurdles in place to get certified. I personally know the pain and the time it takes to get Xbox Live certification and it is a definite turn off. Then, once a game is certified the process starts all over if there is an update. So if its a critical update, players are stuck with a broken game until the reviewers grant the update certification. A tiny shred of positive news to this article is that Phil Spencer told Polygon that Microsoft is working on making this process less painful.

The Xbox One release would be a perfect time for Microsoft to present a new certification process to allow indie game developers to create amazing content exclusive for the Xbox One. I know I would love to have more games like Fez and Braid to play on the Xbox One… But, I also know if Microsoft opens the door at all for Sony to court independent game developers, it would only be bad news. No matter how amazing and awesome Xbox One’s technology is, or how plentiful and dedicated the Xbox Live fan base. If the certification process doesn’t change, it will only hurt Microsoft’s users.

So please Microsoft, make this happen and keep the Xbox experience the best for your loyal and dedicated fanboys fan base.

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