You can get Zune games easily, and even for free. You just have to know how!
Is it just us, or do the folks over at Microsoft not have a clue about how to set up a marketplace? Well yes, we think they do (after all, its hard to not know about iTunes!) So there has to be some other explanation for their appallingly badly designed marketplace. And we think we've rumbled it.
They seem to be following the "I'm a doofus" marketing strategy (where the slick operator pretends to be a bumbling, likable clod - the opposite the the kind of pushy salesman we all despise (eg how Apple has behaved in 2008) - but IS in reality the shark we all despise) - otherwise known as "the hustler" maneuver.
How else to explain how a leading internet company could provide such a shamefully poor online marketplace!
And its not just the Zune marketplace! Microsoft came up with the great idea to provide a Community Game platform so that developers can get their games tested, reviewed and in front of Xbox (and to a lesses extent) Zune gamers faster and more cheaply. But….
Whilst the Community Game site no doubt is easy for game developers to follow, the same cannot be said for the average Zuner who might be interested in getting a game. Explanations like:
To download a Community Game, navigate to the Games Marketplace channel and enter the Xbox Live Marketplace. Once inside the Marketplace, navigate to the Community Games channel, and select your preferred method for browsing available titles.
Notice they do not provide any links for us to make it easy to get there! And then there the instruction they provide so that we can start programming games for our Zune, which they start with an encouraging:
All you need is the XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP and any model of the Zune media device
And follow with Three pages of instructions!! All of this is a ploy to show us that we can have games, to get us to the game marketplace and to buy buy BUY, - because the alternative look so forbidding.
Well, we can do better - as Wowzune has written about elsewhere! But if you would like to try getting some free games for yourself, here is a great video tutorial on how to go about it:
And the follow up tutorial is also worth watching:
If you decide to have a go at this method, do let us all know how you go with it.