Indie Games Summer Uprising • qrth-phyl: A gorgeous 3-D game of Snake described by its developer as an “arcade-documentary” of the popular genre. • Setentia: The third XBLIG game from Michael Hicks is a 2-D puzzle-platformer with a large focus on story. • Diehard Dungeon: There are many dungeon-crawling roguelikes on XBLIG, but none look as good in motion as this game. • Gateways: Developer Smudged Cat Games says it’s like Portal in 2-D, but a time-travel mechanic makes it far more interesting. • Smooth Operators: Build and manage your own call center in this simulation title. • Entropy: This first-person puzzler asks players to exploit interactions between lava, acid, electricity and even gravity to solve its gauntlet of 25 puzzles. • City Tuesday: You play as a man stuck in a five-minute loop that takes place directly before a terrorist attack in this grayscale, 2-D world. • Xenominer: Offers a twist on the “voxel-based sandbox genre” that Minecraft created by putting players in the shoes of a stranded space explorer. • Pixel: This high-flying puzzle/shooter has you manipulating your environment with a gun to get from point A to B.
These are all in the Indie Games section of the Xbox Live Marketplace, which you probably don't look at. For every good Xbox Live Indie Game, there are 50 that have "Fart" in the title or just turn your controller into a vibrator. So some developers got together and are coordinating releases of some decent-looking games, with one new one coming out every weekday between yesterday and the 20th. I don't have prices for these, but I think I read that it would only take $11 worth of Xbox points to buy the entire collection. I'll at least check out a few demos.
Rock Band Network DLC (Thursday; songs with a * are 80 pts and others are 160 pts) • My Ruin – Deconsecrated * • Halcyon Way – On Black Wings (2x Bass Pedal) * • Asking Alexandria – Dear Insanity (2x Bass Pedal) • All Shall Perish – There is Nothing Left • Huksy in Denial – Would I Were * • Memory of a Melody – Things That Make You Scream * • A Day to Remember – Sticks & Bricks • Okills – Nube * • The Hamster Alliance (ft. The Giant Bomb Crew) – Giant Bombstep: Reloaded * • Active Knowledge – Supertronic Lazering • Zef – Gambit * • Tora – Higher • Mada – Fight! * • John Parr – Under a Raging Moon • An Endless Sporadic – The Triangular Race Through Space (2x Bass Pedal) * • An Endless Sporadic – Anything (2x Bass Pedal)
Enough gamers in Asia have died just sitting in front of the computer playing to the point of passing. Thailand just wants to protect their teens from keeling over from all night RPG benders and stay out of the news.