Brandon Schmidt wrote:I'm not so sure about the variety you mention. In a few years when people look back, I think the lasting memories of the XBLIG service will be the Minecraft clones, crappy avatar games, and the use of busty cartoon women in marketing. But you made a key point that if going forward there's a filter for quality, I think/hope a lot of the issues with repetition would go away. Anyway, something (even the current system) would be better than nothing.
Ha, you are right; XBLIG didn't have too many original games. Perhaps the fact that all games are paid made developers push towards games which sell - and minecraft clones sell.
But I do think that an indie market place brings more variety to a console. Whilst there might not be a huge amount of originality or variety within XBLIG, the console would not have as much variety if it didn't have an indie market place at all.
And there are some original games on XBLIG. They Breathe, OTO, Cell: Emergence. Granted, some of the other systems might have a more varied offering. But really it's down to indie developers to develop games that aren't just clones.