An Open Letter to the Xbox Live Indie Game Community
September 10, 2012 16 Comments
Ours is the old, old story of every uprising race or class or order. The work of elevation must be wrought by ourselves or not at all.
Frances Power Cobbe was talking about women’s suffrage when she wrote the above quote, but her message can apply towards any movement that’s worthwhile. Even something as trivial as Xbox Live Indie Games. The third Indies Games Uprising has begun. Over the next two weeks, nine games will be showcased in the promotion. Now, while I can’t prematurely vouch for the quality of these games, we should all stand up and cheer for the potential they represent. The XBLIG scene has struggled to gain an audience since its inception in 2008. This has been a source of great frustration for some. Personally, I feel like I’m witness to the beginning of something special.
Xbox Live Indie Games has potential without limits. I have no doubt about that. This is a scene that is waiting to explode. And I feel privileged. I’ve witnessed the raw enthusiasm of a new generation of game creators as their labors of love are unleashed on a world-wide audience of eager gamers. Maybe sales figures or press or admiration don’t always live up to their highest dreams or expectations. But, for the vast majority of them, the satisfaction of a journey completed is a reward they’ve found worth it all.
In my 437 days of being Indie Gamer Chick, I’ve encountered, chatted with, and even befriended dozens of developers. They’ve all made a hypocrite out of me. In the early days of my site, I used the slogan “She ain’t no cheerleader.” But I am. I cheer for your potential, just as I hurt when it goes unrealized. Developers have claimed I inspire them to be better, but that’s true of them for me. We’re on different sides of this community, but on the same page. We’re in this together.
There is no ceiling in sight for Xbox Live Indie Games. Our fullest of potential has not yet been realized. But, like Frances Power Cobbe said, we’ll realize it ourselves or we won’t at all. It’s up to us to grow together. Developers, writers, and fans. It’s all on us, but there’s nothing stopping us. The time for our community is now. Let’s come together and, as Alter Bridge said, rise today and change this world.
Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the Uprising. You can also follow all my site partners: The Indie Ocean, Armless Octopus, Indie Theory, TheXBLIG.com, The Indie Mine, VVGTV, Clearance Bin Review, and Indie-Love. If my partners don’t all get a ton of new followers, I’ll be forced to unleash the Puppy of Sadness upon you. Don’t make me go there.