David Weller, Ex-XNA Community Manager has warned that if Microsoft’s new Community Games Channel is not regulated, it could cause increased consumer frustration.
Speaking on his blog, Weller is concerned that the channel will just end up being flooded by low-quality titles due to Microsoft’s “deliberate” attitude at avoiding discussions about game quality.
"Being an ex-XNA member, I can still say, without a shadow of doubt, that Microsoft is offering a groundbreaking game channel, and that some people stand a chance to make great money from the system," he said.
"But the danger for consumers lies in Microsoft's deliberate steps to avoid discussions regarding game quality, even during peer review. I firmly believe that avoiding commentary/ratings on game quality will result in frustrated consumers, who will have no way to discern the quality of a game among (ultimately) thousands.”
The Community Games channel is scheduled to be introduced during the extensive autumn update, and will allow gamers to create their own games using a software development kit Microsoft has already released.