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11.05.10

Microsoft Betrays Xbox Live Developers

Posted in Microsoft at 4:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The backlash from developers carries on as Microsoft loses control of them and fails to spread excitement in the Xbox universe

XBOX developers are again being betrayed by Microsoft, helping to prove that Microsoft no long cares so much about developers. As Will put it in IRC (logs will be up soon), “More Microsoft love for “Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers!”… as long as they aren’t indie…”

So just days after Microsoft threw fire or poured cold water on Silver Lie developers we now see that Xbox Live developers get bad treatment too. An article from 3 days ago says that “Microsoft has changed the way it handles indie games on Xbox Live, prompting an outcry from developers.”

“[E]very review I’ve seen about the KINect mentions the need for a lot of space in your room to use the device.”
      –Will
Moreover, argued Will, “every review I’ve seen about the KINect mentions the need for a lot of space in your room to use the device. There’s even been a few Kinect guides for how to change your furniture around to accommodate KINect… I’ve seen some of the kinect stuff; it’s kinda ridiculous… speaking of kinect, we now have our first case of a broken TV from kinect, just like those accidents that happened with the Wii when it first released…”

And “something tells me this is as far as Microsoft will get with emulating the Wii,” MinceR added sarcastically. The full exchange can be read later today (past midnight).

For those who wonder why there is so much coverage about KINect, Microsoft is said to be spending hundreds of millions of dollars (yes, more than on Office 2010) just marketing the darn thing. It’s fake hype, just like the hype generated for KIN’s other replacement, Vista Phony 7 [sic]. The press reacts to money, not to value. More posts about KINect are listed below.

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