XBL Game Room updates MIA

[UPDATE] Microsoft Europe says this week's batch of retro offerings have been "delayed until further notice"; US store also lacking new content.

It appeared as if Microsoft was all set to begin bringing regular, weekly updates to its retro Game Room on Xbox Live. Laying out its plans for the remainder of April, Microsoft said that it would begin expanding upon the channel's 30 initial offerings with new additions, such as Super Breakout and Pitfall, as of today. Unfortunately, that now seems not to be the case.

This morning, Xbox Live Europe's Daniel Maher updated his Twitter feed with news that Microsoft has postponed the release of this week's update. "The latest batch of Game Room content has also been delayed until further notice--I'll let you know once a new date is confirmed," the Microsoft employee said in 140 characters or less.

You'd think virtual cabinets would be easier to update than the real thing.

It would appear as if the delay isn't limited to the European Xbox Live network, either. As of press time, Microsoft had not updated the North American version of Game Room with this week's batch of new content. Last week, the publisher noted that "new games will release every Wednesday alongside Xbox Live Arcade titles." This week's XBLA release, Tecmo Bowl: Throwback, is currently available.

One possible reason for the delay could be the recent round off layoffs at Game Room developer Krome. Last week, the Australian company confirmed for GameSpot that it had trimmed its staff, though Krome declined to quantify the extent of the cuts. According to unconfirmed reports, that figure stood at some 50 developers.

[UPDATE] Microsoft director of Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has since affirmed the Game Room disruption via his official Twitter feed, promising an update as details become available.

"We're working to bring you additional Game Room titles as soon as possible! I'll let you know the moment I have more details," he said.

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digi-demon
digi-demon

theslimdavylp Posted Apr 29, 2010 7:33 pm GMT This is because Game Room sucks! lol Nobody wants to pay the money to play those horrible old games. They are not good anymore. How bout you put some GOOD arcade games in there like MK2.. SF2... maybe some old Sega Shooters....Killer Instinct... that would pwn! Have to agree 99% with this guy (these 25+yr old games should be freeware) Game Room NEEDS newer content - it feels more like your trawling aroung in the history of gamings attic/loft than visiting a 'Games Room' . LOL

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Who cares? Is there really that big of a market for Game Room? I think more needs to be added to the service outside of just the games in order to make it more popular. Has anyone seen stats for how many people downloaded Game Room since it launched? Seems to me that this could potentially be due to E3 being so close...?

Mr_Intense
Mr_Intense

I agree with theslimdavylp, aside from the most die-hard of nostalgic gamers there simply isn't any interest in arcade games released before about 1985. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Daytona USA are some of many quality arcade games I'd be willing to purchase, otherwise I have no interest in what the Game Room offers regardless of game delays.

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

@ theslimdavylp I could not have stated it any better myself.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

Damn...this was such a good idea too. Don't get me wrong, I'm having a blast playing Tempest, Centipede (on a side note, Centipede happens to be one of my all time favourite arcade games) and Asteriods, but MS is really letting us down...again.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Man, this game room thing is sure awesome. It reminds me of the time I got attacked by a wasp nest.

scotwolf
scotwolf

i remember many of these games from my youth and was dissapointed with games room the games available are poor and the cost too high. i tried games room first day and have not used since and i know of many like me. also i am lucky and still have my old consoles and games so i can play anytime.

buft
buft

I spent a lot of cash on aquiring all the games i wanted for the first batch and now that money seems badly spent as i had high hopes for the next batch to keep me playing as the games i bought are all old news now

Alan1187
Alan1187

I'm pissed I have this stupid game permanently burned into my gamer card because loading it up pop's an achievement. I hope it crashes.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

This is because Game Room sucks! lol Nobody wants to pay the money to play those horrible old games. They are not good anymore. How bout you put some GOOD arcade games in there like MK2.. SF2... maybe some old Sega Shooters....Killer Instinct... that would pwn!

Unseelie_Sluagh
Unseelie_Sluagh

I really liked Game Room. Now, it's falling into epic fail. Hopefully, they have an update for it the following weeks and if they do, they should be adding a few dozen games. I am really anticipating Pitfall 2: The Lost Caverns should it ever arrive on the service.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Game Room is kinda confusing. I have to read the instructions again to find out what the hell I have to do to play games and ... make my own game room for friends to visit for some reason?

Vodoo
Vodoo

I had all these old games back then. The sad thing is they haven't aged nicely. There really isn't much fun to be had with these anymore. Not to mention MS wants to charge way too much for these ancient games. Game Room would've been a cool feature if MS made these games all free and just added it as a cool feature for XBL Gold members. Like I said... noone's going to pay the amount they're asking for these games EVER!!!

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Game Room is easily one of the most pointless and boring things I have ever used in my entire life. Not to mention a monumental rip-off.

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

Game Room is so stupid anyway unless your a gamer who is 30-40

XanderZane
XanderZane

The Game Room is pretty cool to me. At least your going to have over 1000 games to choose from for you own personal arcade and you don't have to wait to play like HOME on the PS3. lol!! I like that you can visit your friends arcade and play their games as well. You get extra tokens when you reach certain goals in each game. So you can actually demo games for FREE. I'm just hoping Microsoft can get more of the older arcade games like Marble Madness, Star Wars, Major Havoc, MatMania, Bagman, Tetris, Kid Niki, Strider, Lady Bug and other timeless classics. The Game Room really needs to be difference from XBLA though or else it's not going to work. ******************************************************************** Nabsol Yay! Lets pay money to play games we can play for free online! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yeah you can, but a lot of these games won't be as fun playing on a PC. What my cousin did was get an older Arcade cabinet, gutted it and put a PC in it with all the MAME games. He had over 500 games that you could select and play with arcade controls. He even had the trackball and spinning nob for Tempest. It was awesome. Have you tried playing Tempest on your PC? Not fun. The only bad thing about Game Room is you can't really socialize in the arcade. Also, many of the games that get released won't be worth getting. How many people got Adventure or Intellivision Basketball? Not worth anyone's time.

Trogeton
Trogeton

just about everyone on my friends list has the game room, but I have not seen anyone on it in about a month in my opinion the game room is a mistake and they should just drop it and focus on something else

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

It wouldnt be so bad but this is on top of the fact that we've seen nothing of joyride (free to download racer for live) since it was announced last e3, and it was due in last winters lineup.

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

Wow something that had great potential that turned into a huge Scam has issues??? Who would have thought?

Omegaman007
Omegaman007

so much potential until it didn't get updates. fail.

Wings_008
Wings_008

i must say the game room is a neat idea (if it's free or very cheap)

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

Game room...hmmm. Should sound like something you can put the arcade games you already own into right?Sadly that is not the case.If I wanted to play old Atari 2600 and Intellivision games,then i'd just dust off the old consoles or buy em for dirt cheap somewhere. You can't have anyone on your friends list walking around your game room?Then to top it all off...there are no updates for the people that actually like it?Nice gimmick ya got there M$.

Talldude80
Talldude80

game room is DOA (dead on arrival)...... sadly. I tried the games out, kinda liked a few, but not enough to pay money for them.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

No thanks. I don't want to play old games for bucks. when I can easily play them for free online, or even if you banned those, I can program such games for my own pleasure. not hard to draw a boxy ping pong. or Activision pitfall .lol wow, even with their old game MS encountered problems.

megoxq8
megoxq8

idea is MIA and game room its self is MIA

bloodnutman
bloodnutman

Well looks like Game Room may become a lame duck for Microsoft..You never know whats really happening because of their secret society approach to anything that relates to information in general

kejigoto
kejigoto

Pitfall? Man I'd throw down 400 points for that one. I loved that game as a kid! I wonder what is going on here, though I wouldn't be surprised if the cuts were responsible for this. And I love how other companies are doing the same exact thing pretty much (over charging for content) and Microsoft is the greedy one. Heaven forbid a company actually make money off their product.

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

IMO the screenshot caption sums the information quite nicely.

snarl2
snarl2

Not 5$ a day, sorry, 5$ a month!

snarl2
snarl2

40 million xboxs sold. About what?! 30 million xbox live accounts, and lets say most of those are gold. Do 5$ times lets say 25 million. What do u get? 125,000,000 dollars in one day! So they delay XBL, and they cut back on developers?! MS is one greedy company!!!

stziggy
stziggy

I'd like to think Microsoft's conscience got to them for charging so much for this old content. One must have a conscience to have it get to them.

childe_roland
childe_roland

This whole thing has been a let down since day one; friends can't play your games and your XBOX Live Arcade titles aren't accessible through Game Room, wasted potential.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

I tell you why they are on hold, because they totally screwed up the whole Game Room potential and concept. Killed it with their greed. If only your friends could play the games you buy with their tokens (they can sure, but only demo them, they can't play them "for real"). Nooo, they can only demo them. Sheesh, that kind of kills the whole reason to even go to your friend's arcade, which essentially eliminates it immediately as a place to socialize (never mind that you can't actually see and talk to your friends in the Arcade either).

Mr_Jaminson
Mr_Jaminson

I've bought 4 of the game room games so far. Personally I am not familiar with many of them but some are still fun. To me its a shame that these are delayed, but i can wait if it fixes a problem.

gamer082009
gamer082009

Not interested in game room anyways. I'll stick with the Xbox LIVE Arcade games.

mightEone
mightEone

"Is it because noone is actually paying for the games" Yeah, I'll admit most trial and demos on the marketplace are good enough for me. Look at Blur, that demo basically was the full game. I don't feel the need to buy it for $60 when the demo has everything already in it. Yes, I know demos don't include EVERY map and EVERY weapon but still for me a quick demo is all I want to play.

tony382
tony382

@jynxy425 Cut the cost by 50%? The games are $3

Jynxy425
Jynxy425

Oops!! Forgot to spell check, I meant ...the idea BEHIND.

Jynxy425
Jynxy425

If they ( Microsoft Xbox Live and Krome ) are really serious about this "retro" Game Room thing and the idea behide this is to relive the arcade era. Maybe some classics such as Pacman, Space Invaders, Frogger or Q*bert might help, at the same time shaving the cost by 50%.

strahd01
strahd01

-HCMF- Posted Apr 28, 2010 4:46 pm PT ummmm breakout Agreed! Best atari game ever (tied with Kaboom!)! Also between breakout centipede and Kaboom! we need a game room controller with a nice arcade stick and a track ball

tony382
tony382

I don't know about you guys, but me and a whole bunch of buddies play this every night. It's a blast. I'm sure most of you youngins don't care for retro gaming.

lamprey263
lamprey263

people probably downloaded this, played it for 10 minutes, and never touched it again, at least that's been the story with anybody I've known that's tried Game Room has told, mirroring my own experience too the problem with Game Room is it's a good idea with poor execution, it could have been a really popular feature if they allowed XBL users to share access of XBLA games with each other then I could've seen this as a very popular feature, possibly encouraging users to go out and purchase the games for themselves when their friends don't want to be logged into their Game Room just so they can share games, but unfortunately the only games you can share in the Game Room are the games that Game Room allows, and how did they ever expect to make money that way when there's tons of better XBLA games to waste money on

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

20+ games should be free in this case speacially when Nintendo owns most of the good old stuff

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

this Gameroom is just a big trap ended up wasting 240 points in a game i don't even like, because i kept pressing A to send a challenge, and guess what

Beastcake
Beastcake

It's probably because no one is buying anything.