After the launch of the latest Xbox Live dashboard the developers of Xbox Live Indie Games found their games no longer listed under the games section of Xbox Live. Instead they were sectioned off to a speciality shop
that was located near the Avatar Marketplace. Many developers felt this move would give them less exposure than some of the earlier builds of the dashboard that had them placed right along side normal games, however Microsoft felt otherwise:
"The intent of the Specialty Shops section was to provide access to marketplaces that focus on a specific type of content, with unique ways of sorting through that content. We wanted to give Xbox Live Indie Games that full marketplace experience and felt this was the best place to do it, alongside other popular channels like the Avatar Marketplace.
"In fact, since the launch of Avatars, Xbox Live members have made more than 290 million customizations to their Avatar's clothing, so we expect many people to regularly visit the Specialty Shops section."
Microsoft has listened to their complaints, and the Xbox Live Indie Games section has now returned
to the games section of the dashboard. Indie Game developers appear pleased by this change of course from Microsoft. Xbox Live Indie games can now be browsed by the top-rated, top-selling and most recent games by genre. Indie games can also be sorted by "best selling today" and "best selling of all time" on Xbox.com.
The Top Rated and Top Downloaded lists have also grown to include 50 games, up from the previous cap of 20, to allow for greater exposure for indie games. Contest Finalists and IGN Picks sections have also been kept to allow users to sort the indie titles in a number of different ways.
This whole uproar has caused me to take a closer look at the Indie Game store. There are definitely a few gems there worth checking out!