Potentially delisted XBLA games revisted
Posted Jun 3rd 2008 12:00PM by Richard Mitchell
Filed under: News, Fan stuff
We know which Xbox Live Arcade
games are potentially on the chopping block
, but what makes them tick? Do they really deserve to be condemned to the XBLA graveyard? Joystiq took it upon themselves to play each and every game that has been on the service for more than six months and have a Metacritic average of less than 65%, two of the three criteria a title must meet to be considered for delisting (the third criterion, a conversion rate of less than 6%, isn't known outside the hallowed halls of Microsoft). Press the delete key above to check out the best and worst.
Tags: arcade, delist, delisted, delisting, live-arcade, xbla, xbox-live-arcade
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Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
6-03-2008 @ 12:18PM
Just listening to that interview with the RooGoo dev as well as the mad tracks guy.. They seem to have less issues about delisting (at least publicly) than gamers and the media.
6-03-2008 @ 12:29PM
Who is digging this? howd it get 20 diggs yet only has 2 comments on this site?
Internet people are weird.
6-03-2008 @ 12:41PM
Network blogging my friend. It was up on Joystiq first.
6-03-2008 @ 12:42PM
You're still weird, internets.
6-03-2008 @ 12:33PM
These games aren't worth $10.
I'd love to have Frogger, or Marathon, but come on, these IP's are as old as the hills.
Would it kill Microsoft to lower them to 5 bucks?
6-03-2008 @ 3:00PM
ZEBRA NINER said...
This whole thing doesn't seem right to me. At the very least discount them. I mean, why not make $5 here and there? I know if they were discounted, I would take a second look at them. Wouldn't you?
6-03-2008 @ 3:10PM
Frogger already is $5
6-03-2008 @ 12:48PM
Jeff Tronti said...
This is really going to suck for people who bought crappy games in the first place and have deleted them to save space on there tiny hard drives. They spent the money and now they can't even revisit there crappy games. Is microsoft hurting that bad for a little space on there server? I say Microsoft is not holding up to there end of the bargain. When we bought these titles microsoft said don't worry. If you delete the game you can ALWAYS go back and download again.
6-03-2008 @ 1:11PM
guess this needs revisiting... your xbox stores all dl history on your gt so you can still re dl if you feel so inclined...
6-03-2008 @ 1:11PM
What are you talking about man? They're being de-LISTED, not de-LETED.
People that bought these games will be able to redownload via the acct mgmt tab in marketplace. Do some research before you make such assumptions
6-03-2008 @ 1:28PM
Jeff Tronti said...
Sorry. I guess I did not understand what they meant by delisting. My bad.
6-03-2008 @ 1:35PM
Strangely several games are missing from my history, and not a single one of the videos I have downloaded show-up on my history and sadly some of them have been removed from the XBLM.
6-03-2008 @ 3:11PM
the history only goes back so far...
6-03-2008 @ 1:33PM
Time Pilot is pretty good, the only issue is that 1940 is so bad, and you usually waste a couple of lives.
I enjoyed the Mad Tracks demo, but I don't have enough points to pick it up and 800points seems a little steep.
I would say most of the accurate arcade ports are fail. Galaga is only fun because you only have to complete one level at a time, the difficulty of most arcade games just doesn't work now-a-days.
I would enjoy Time-Pilot and Joust much more if you didn't have to play all the earlier levels to play the later ones, this doesn't work for console games who wants to play level 1 and 2 repetedly? No-one that's who.
6-03-2008 @ 1:50PM
but you seem to forget that oldschool arcade games are very short; most can be beaten in 15-20 minutes or so. You'll see once you get halfway decent at these games, the whole game just blows by so quickly that it doesn't really matter that there's no level select. Aaaand.... if you can't get to a level properly, you're probably not prepared for it anyway ;)
6-03-2008 @ 2:15PM
callum henderson said...
They are being delisted because they are too damn expensive, the prices of arcade games are totally stupid - that's why I barely ever buy them. Microsoft probably realises this but are too tight to just drop the price down
6-03-2008 @ 3:16PM
Since when is 10 dollars too expensive? what are you all, a bunch of tightwads?
think on this side.. a bunch of people dedicating months or years of their life making this and people like you saying they won't buy it b/c they're too cheap to spend 10 bucks.
Sorry, but businesses need to make money to make more games. They don't do it for charity.
6-03-2008 @ 2:30PM
I still think this is a stupid idea.
It is like trying to keep as few books in a library as possible. Just to keep the card catalog as small as possible.
The answer should be a better catalog system. Not fewer games.
[ Microsoft really should not even bring up the notion of "which arcade games are good enough"? Because, if you start to examine the full arcade list, most of those games are not good. I've bought a grand total of 2 arcade games].
6-03-2008 @ 5:11PM
C'mon dude, honestly there are a lot more than 2 good games on live. More than half of the list are at least passable, and I can think of at least a dozen title's I'd recommend to anyone: PacMan CE, E4, Rez, Ikaruga, Puzzle Fighter HD, Marble Blast Ultra, Assault Heroes, Omega Five, Worms, Bomberman Live, Cloning Clyde, Outpost Kaloki X. Have you tried all these games Joe? I'm curious why you think they're all crap. I don't think you'll find anyone to debate Yaris... but I call shenanigans, explain why you think all the titles I listed above suck.
6-03-2008 @ 7:19PM
Here is a list of unit sales for all XBLA arcade titles.
I'd say any titles that have made over $500k volume in sales are pretty safe.