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Gamerbytes posted assumption of 2009 XBOX360 Indie Game sale stats. The reason why I wrote as 'assumption' is, Major Nelson posted top 20 list but not sale stats, so Gamerbytes gathered sales information from XNA forum. So they have Top 20 lists, but not all the sales data.

You could see details from the link above, and I'd write few things about that.

- Reveune Share is 7 (developer) : 3 (MS)
-> This is almost golden rule for market, even itunes appstore is same. But please make sure 3 could be 'bottom share for final sale', NOT 7 is for developer. (If that seller has affiliates, developer share drops a lot.)

- 1st. winner sold 160,000. Many or Little?
-> That's sold well for 1 small team, and even he got over 100,000$. But it's small for No. 1 for whole market. [Pocket God] for iPhone was sold over 2,000,000 copies, and Maximum selling for XBOX360 Indie Games is very low compared to that. And that zombie game is really really good, you must purchase if 1$ only. And total sales dropped very much, even 10th. winner sold just 20,000 copies.
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Column : raptr.com could be last.fm of VIdeo Game?

I have used raptr.com service around 1 month, and might write something about that. Here is my raptr page, and you could check it out.

First of all, what is raptr? I might explain it as 'Last.fm of Video Game'. I really like last.fm scrobble, so really liked raptr idea when I found it.

If you play some XBOX360 game, raptr counts time & get achievements status. Same for PC game / Playstation 3 / World of Warcraft / even Facebook game. Seems to be good for its basic idea. Just the problem is, it's not working properly.

I used it for PC & XBOX360 game, and issues gaming news to Facebook & Twitter.


1. PC

I installed raptr client, and every PC game must be played through that. Slightly different from last.fm, because I play music at iTunes -> scrobbled through last.fm client.

But it has few (or many) problems like this.

- Can't detect all PC games. Steam games (which are installed ) are fine, but can't detect non-Steam games very well. I hope to register not-detected games by myself, but it doesn't have any menu to add. Even if raptr db has that game, can't detect, as [Blackwell Convergence].

- Can't detect playing Facebook games. As I see, other players checked [Mafia Wars]. But even if I did Facebook Connect, my Mafia Wars is not recorded. Same for Flash Games, maybe only available through raptr client.

- For Steam achievement, not connected automatically. I reported to forum twice, and it works after that. (So... Manual connection needed.)


2. XBOX360

In fact, I like ratpr more for XBOX360, rather than PC. Every games are detected automatically, even for some Demos / Trials. However it has some detects.

- For XBOX360 acehivement, not connected automatically & reported to forum. Same as PC problem which I wrote above.

Except for forum report, it's working well & I like it. Anyway it doesn't support Playstation 3 Trophy, because Sony doesn't allow.


3. Facebook / Twitter

The best part is for raptr is, it posts to Facebook & Twitter for game playing & achievements. If somebody wants to let friends know about gaming situation, raptr is very good.

raptr supports Facebook Connect, so connection to Facebook is easy. And for twitter, just write Nickname / Password & it works, And it supports several options, as post everyhing or just post daily summary.

Just the problem is, if you play a lot of game everyday, it could be almost Spamming. Daily Summary might be better for that.


Personally, I like raptr idea very much. However it might need much more improvement. Must detect PC games more properly, better auto-sync needed. However, it's still fun to try.
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Developer : Ska Studios
Release Year : 2009
Price : 80 ms points (around 1$.)

Shockingly well made, zombie-theme top down shooter w/ Experimental.

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Who could expect such a good game, from that cover?

I got really shocked to play this one.

I purchased XBOX360 very recently, and didn't think to purchase any indie Games from that. Anyway I wish to try some of them, picked this up, and...

At first minute, it was just small Indie Game, zombie-theme top down shooter. Maybe just some little kid made it for fun, nothing more than that. I was wrong. Around 3 minutes later, everything became to change. That cheesy punk music became much better, enemy became different, and even background is going very experimental (for top-down shooter). At least, this is worth for your 80 MS point.

The only 1 bad thing about this game is, it's made by Ska Studios. They released [Zombie Smashers] series for PC in the past, and released [Dishwasher] for XBLA already. Well, they are not so small to release 1$ game for Indie Games section.

Where to buy : XBLA Indie Game section at XBOX360. (Official Blog)

P.S. : Multiplay up to 4 people could be available, but not through online, maybe.
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Few days ago, I bought XBOX360, finally. And my 1st. purchased game was, [Puzzle Quest : Challenge of the Warlords].

Well. For Pig-Min Korean, I did several features as Review (Nintendo DS / PSP / PC) - Interview - Column. I played & wrote articles about that too much. And XBLA is my 3rd. version to try. Unusual for me, because I play game & quit very fast. However there are reasons.

1. I must be familiar with XBOX360, and need proper game.
2. GamersScore...

XBOX360 is cool, but I need some Game to play which I could use for it properly. I got [Lego Batman] & [Pure] as Bundle, but they are too difficult for me. It's already midnight & can't go out to purchase some package, so I entered XBLA. And purchased it.

For GamersScore, 1 of my friend told me a lot 'how GamesScore is important', and I knew it very well. I might get some easy-achievement games, but it's already midnight. [Puzzle Quest] is not so easy game, but i already cleared it & could be better than other games.

That's why I re-purchased [Puzzle Quest] for XBLA. Still a Good Game, even better than newcomer [Gyromancer].

P.S. : How many people will do multiple purchase (or rent), to get PS3 Trophy & XBOX360 GamersScore? That could be another interesting aspects for recent game market, and that 'achievement hunter' market could be much bigger than we assume.

P.S. 2 : My GamerID is mrkwang, US account. Please add me friend if you wish. And also for XBOX360 review copies. :)
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We all liked [Bejeweled], and really addicted to [Puzzle Quest : Challenge of the Warlords].
So Popcap & Square Enix thought about something? Not sure.
However they collaborated, and made new Puzzle RPG game [Gyromancer]!
This is based on [Bejeweled Twist], so could be improved battle system.

It's available XBLA for XBOX360 & Steam for PC.
Popcap didn't release any press release yet, however Square Enix made homepage.

Just the problem is, minimum spec. is high for PC casual game. I can't play with my Netbook, so I must install it with my Desktop at home.

Steam has Demo for this game. So if you want, you'd try it. (Of couse you want!)
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