number_of_xboxes_bought_because_of_braid++

Well, I went to the store and bought a Xbox 360 so I could play Braid today… (Read the previous post.)

I just finished playing though the first world (collected all the puzzle pieces), and I’m totally blown away by it (pun intended). My congrats to Jonathan Blow and David Hellman and everyone involved. You’ve created one beautiful game.

The Princess is in another castle

Also I’d like to repeat what Chris Hecker said about the game. If you enjoy the game (which you will) spread the word. Tell your friends, blog about it, digg about it. Independent games, like Braid, don’t have the marketing power that big studios have. They really need the word-of-mouth to be successful. And if there is any justice in this world, Braid should be a huge commercial success. Put your part in and make sure that Braid doesn’t end up being the Psychonauts of indie games.

Now I’m gonna go and solve the rest of worlds…

129 Responses to “number_of_xboxes_bought_because_of_braid++”

  1. Miles Says:

    wooow

  2. Paul Evans Says:

    I’m going to give it a whirl when I eventually get home :-)

  3. Jonathan Blow Says:

    Hmm, no pressure! No pressure!

  4. Dakaggo Says:

    I wish I could go out and buy $300-400 systems on a whim…..

  5. Petri Purho Says:

    @Jon: No worries. Braid can easily top the wildest of expectations.

    @Dakaggo: Well, I’m going to regret the purchase in a couple of months when I’m trying to buy food at the market. But that’s what you get when you try to manage your own money.

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  7. Mark Says:

    Nice title!

  8. Chance Says:

    Do you think you will fool around with XNA? If you put a game in the Xbox Live arcade I would buy it!

  9. WarParty Says:

    You bought an XBOX 360 for a 2D platform game O_o … The joke is on you my friend!

  10. The Happy Friar Says:

    would like a PC version. That’s still TBA. :( Hopefully it will be soon (a few months).

  11. Heather Says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog (through the igf finalists website) and your work is incredible. Braid looks amazing and I can’t wait to get it.

    I agree with chance. XNA all the way.

    From,
    Heather, a game design student from Champlain College.

  12. Heather Says:

    For the record, I made it sound like you made Braid. I was referring to your crayon physics deluxe.

    sorry for the potential confusion ^_^

  13. Petri Purho Says:

    About the XNA. The problem I have with it (on the PC side) is the horrible installation package thing. I’ve played several XNA games and with almost all of them I’ve had trouble getting them working on my PC. I’ve had to download several updates from Microsoft site to get them running. If Microsoft fixes that problem on PC side, then I’ll give it a change.

    Also about the XNA stuff on 360. There are currently 5 or 6 countries from which you can submit your games to the Creators Club. Finland isn’t one of them. I hope it will be in the future, but there might be some problems with the law and paying taxes that can cause a lot of trouble for Microsoft…

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  15. Chance Says:

    I downloaded the demo. It’s kind of like Choke on my Groundhog, YOU BASTARD ROBOTS the way you can go back in time, diddn’t see that coming. I will buy the full game when I get more Microsoft Points.

  16. Heather Says:

    I’m not surprised that XNA doesn’t work well without updates, but I am surprised about the country limitations. That seems counter productive on their end.

  17. dppedro Says:

    Tested & liked, blew my mind. Will buy Braid asap. Housemarque did publish the first finnish Live Arcade game Golf Tee It Up! So maybe Petri you can go around the problem with publishing from Finland?

  18. admin Says:

    @dppedro: I heard you got married :) Congrats!

    Anyhow, XBLA != XBox Creator’s Club thing…

  19. brog Says:

    I’ll get on to helping him succeed as soon as he releases the damn thing on a real platform.

    I hear for this so-called “xbox” you need a “television” as well before you can even play anything on it. Damn accessories. This makes it even less likely that I’d buy one just to play Braid.

  20. Paulmichael Says:

    I played the trial and while it was enjoyable, it didn’t wow me like the reviews would have you believe… And for 1200 MS Points? Look, I’m all for supporting the independent developers, but damn.

  21. Petri Purho Says:

    For Paul - http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/8/8/

  22. Chance Says:

    Ha Ha Pual you just got Pwned. 1200 MS Points is what most games cost, it is well worth is.

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  24. T Says:

    likewise, braid is the only reason i would go out and buy an x-box

    but i can (just) wait for pc version

  25. xbox 360 Says:

    You are a very smart person!