theXBLIG.com aims to tackle XBLIG reviews with a refreshingly abridged style, laying out the bullet points, the merits and flaws of a game, while adding a layer of humor, a dash of movie quotes and/or social commentary, simmer for a bit, then cool and serve… er, publish, in 500 words or less. The goal isn’t to get you out of one review and on to the next, or gasp, click out of here and to another site (say it ain’t so), but to adhere to the modern adage of ‘time is money’. The faster you learn a verdict, the faster you can get back to playing. It’s win-win.
That mission statement out of the way, welcome to theXBLIG, a mainly-reviews site dealing exclusively in Xbox Live Indie Games. My name is Tim Hurley, and I’m the entirety of the writing staff here. I have a good amount of experience with reviews writing (3+ years), first with Gear-Fish, then here for the last two years, and now at Indiepitome, where I’ve started reviewing indie games on all the major home consoles and handhelds.
As for here, why focus on a platform dominated by they-mean-well-but-are-still-rookie developers and money-grabbing, creative rip-off artists, you ask? Why wade through the literally hundreds of Avatar / Pong / Minecraft / fart-simulation / scantily-clad anime gals / zombie apocalypse yawn fests, all of which are enjoyed by a small (and some would say getting smaller) consumer base? Well… ah… you see… Okay, I see your point. I’ll have to get back to you on that.
The answer is rather elementary, my dear reader. Where once I was a casual browser of the channel, I’ve now grown rather fond of the XBLIG scene, meeting some really nice, talented people along the way. I simply wish to do what little I can to get the word out that there are some truly great, unique experiences to be had at a fraction of the cost for mainstream hits.
I won’t be able to cover everything, and there’s others out there doing far more (and far better) than what I can do. I also can’t promise you’ll agree with everything I say, or even find any of it relevant, but I thank you immensely for taking the time to read this and check out the goings on around the site.