Year Three of theXBLIG

Whoa… Three years online for theXBLIG… I mean, that’s…

Oh, right. It’s been awhile since I’ve written something down here. Excuse me for a moment while I dust off the articles and clear out the cobwebs from the corners of this site.

(clears throat) Ahem. Okay, that’s better.

Wow, three years of reviewing XBLIGs on this very page. Er… pages. I never thought I’d get this far. I know it’s not an eternity by any means, but it’s still a good chunk of time, particularly in internet-time, where sites rise and fall on a daily basis. Over that span, the site has amassed over 315,000+ views and published almost 400 reviews and articles, spawning 5,100+ comments and countless discussions that were only slightly-related to videogames.

To me, that’s an incredible thing. Not because I sometimes have a short attention span and a tendency to move onto different things before I finish the first, or because I feel like congratulating myself1, but rather because in those three years, the service known as ‘Xbox Live Indie Games’ (or as ‘XBLIG’ to its close friends) has provided us with so many great games2 and proved to be such an amazing experience for myself and plenty of others.

That experience hasn’t come without its share of downsides, of course. There’s been no shortage of duds to suffer through, and it’s no secret and no mystery that XBLIG isn’t what it once was. At this point, new releases of any quality are a luxury, and the future of the service (and this site) is anything but guaranteed. I can’t make any promises either, but I know I’ll be around until the very end.

That said, there’s always the very real chance I won’t get another online ‘birthday’ to celebrate, so I might as well offer up a huge ‘thank you’ to all my fellow indie journalistic types, to the great indie developers I’ve been privileged to meet and chat with, and, last and certainly not least, all of YOU guys for stopping by and willingly subjecting yourselves to my brand of rambling. Keep playing games, everyone, and thanks again for three fantastic years!

With much love and appreciation,




  1. Well, maybe a little. Yay! 
  2. There’s occasionally-updatedΒ leaderboards for that. 

17 thoughts on “Year Three of theXBLIG”

  1. Am I late? Am I?! [checks date] oh crap… [ahem]
    Belated (waaay belated) Happy Birthday theXBLIG πŸ™‚
    And in two decades from now on we can get ready for your 25th anniversary, although it’s highly doubtful XBLIG will still exist then.

    Anyhow, I wish you a good Year Three, theXBLIG, just got the bad feeling it’s gonna be the last one 😐 Sorry for being so pessimistic, but sadly all good things have to come to an end at some point.

    Peace 😎

    1. Haha, yeah, Year Four technically, but hey, who’s keeping track anyway? Personally, I blame misleading article titles. Too many mentions of ‘three’ πŸ˜€

      Thanks for the well-wishes, good sir, hope you’re doing well! Sadly, I share your pessimism to a certain degree. I get the feeling it’s going to be a very slow Year Four, but you never know. Stranger things have happened1.

      1. That said, I think a 25th Anniversary is… well out of reach. :) 
  2. Happy birthday to you~
    Happy birthday to you~
    Due to a lack of imagination~
    I resort to old songs~

    1. Thanks, man! I’m proud of it myself, and grateful to have you guys around. It’s been the best of both worlds, really, being able to be a part of the community on the fan side, writing about it, and getting some of the inside story / process by hearing from developers. πŸ™‚

  3. Happy Birthday theXBLIG!
    Man this site has been fun times. And you all helped me discover a great selection of indies. Always gonna appreciate that.

    Here’s to hoping for another year! If not then let us end this on high note!

    1. Thanks, sir! It sounds sappy to write it out, but I’m always glad to hear when the site has helped someone find a game they otherwise wouldn’t know about, or gets them to see the indie channel in a different way. That, to me, is the most inspirational part of doing this.

      Cheers to another year!

  4. Congrats to the finest quality review site that-is-not-a-blog out there! I think I speak for most of us when I say we came for the reviews … but we stay for the camaraderie (not that the reviews aren’t worth hanging around for). You’ve built something of precious value here that you – Tim – should be very proud of! Job well done, and I look forward to whatever this year brings.

    1. Aww, thanks, man! And extra special ‘thanks’ for considering it a not-a-blog site (unlike some types which I won’t mention…). πŸ˜€

      I may provide the reviews, but you guys have certainly made this fun, a ‘community’ all by itself. You deserve as much of the credit as I do, and I just hope XBLIG has some life still left in it.

  5. It’s been another year already? I must be getting old because time is zooming past…
    Still, big congratulations on flying the XBLIG flag for another year!
    I live in hope that there will be at least one more corker for you to review before things die completely (or at least a couple of real stinkers for you to tear apart).

    1. Same here, man. Never enough time for it all. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, I guess.

      Thanks for the congrats! Good or bad (or really bad), I hope there’s still a few left in the tank myself… although I refuse to go out on More Fun With Twins. πŸ˜€

    1. I know, right! Hey, I tried. I really did. I wanted to put a positive spin on things, but it just wasn’t happening.

      To my credit, I could have just folded and said to hell with it, but I’m standing my ground. XBLIG might want to curl up and die, but I won’t. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, sir! Man, that would nice to have the option of playing XBLIGs on One, but I somehow doubt that’s in MS’s wildest plans. πŸ˜‰

      That was a nice surprise to hear about backward compatibility, though. Now I can bring some of my old backlog of games onto the One, and create a new old backlog of games. πŸ™‚

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