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Sat, Dec. 27th, 2008 02:49 am
Will the games boom birth a new art form?

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Sat, Dec. 27th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)

True, but as I understand it, there's still a top-down gatekeeper process as far as what gets published/distributed via the XBox Live system. And of course, this is to say nothing at all about the closed system console manufacturers currently operate regarding the retail discs they allow to be played on their systems. The bottom line is that they control their proprietary software development kits, so however you look at it, the process is top-down. And while it's becoming easier for independent developers to break through, certainly, via XBox Live and whatnot, they still have a lot of work to do as far as developing opportunities for autonomous production/publishing/distribution.

Again, the PC doesn't really have this problem. One could argue that PC development is equally difficult, all said, but at least I can distribute a PC game myself over the internet if nobody wants to publish or distribute it for me. Consoles, however, are still rather closed in that regard. They're opening up on the downloadable content end of things, but at the same time, the cost of game development for normal distribution is increasing dramatically, so I think while we're seeing an opening up of new avenues, the main avenue is becoming less and less possible for small developers.


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