We got on the Kotaku's favorite list and normally I'd be reporting on what that did for our sales, but since the Top Downloads list has been frozen for the past two weeks and the entire channel was down today, I really can't tell.
I tried to contact the editor of Kotaku to possibly write something about it, but I haven't heard back. They're probably really busy.
Microsoft treats us like a fucking joke. Let that by known. They don't give a shit that some of us are trying to become successful making games and applications. The pick your own release date is only going to lessen the problem. What if Game team A waits until the current freeze is over to release their game, only to have the list freeze again when they launch.
The pick your own release date hasn't stopped approximately 35 games from releasing during the current nonsense. Those 35 games will most likely never get the opportunity to get onto the Top Downloads list, and it looks like some of them would have deserved it. The sweeping epic "Sex or Love" has a lot of ratings and surely would have been on the TD list, and probably lost a bunch of sales because they weren't. I've been writing about this problem forever and I'm sick of it, and I wish I could leave the indie channel, but it's the only place to release on a console right now. Looking forward to the next form letter from Charles Cox or Nick Gravelyn saying that they are investigating the problem. Go shoot yourself in the foot, it's a database query.
Here is the link to the Kotaku article. Almost 50k views, unreal. Thanks Kotaku, you guys are the best. At least someone shows the indies some love. Kotaku article
So we're making an RPG. I'm tempted to post the world map, or at least portions of it. I'll get back to that when it's finished. When will it be finished? To quote Valve: "It's finished when it's finished."