Console Info

Price: 80 MSP
Release Date: 11/23/2010
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Description

Console Info is definitely the bastard child of Highbrow Games.  Its main purpose is to give your memory devices (hard disk, USB stick, or memory unit) a speed rating.

Although this sort of pedantic benchmark software seems far from the edgy, antidisestablishmentarianist company that Highbrow Games aspires to be, it pissed off a few people that an app that took two weeks to make could appear on the “New Releases” list alongside games that took months to develop.   To them I say, “don’t worry, soon my 6-month full-on game project will come out, and your cheesy app can push it off the list!” 😎

Although it is considered poor form to put smileys on company web pages, Highbrow Games is doing it to buck the trend!  There, does that compensate for releasing a boring benchmark app?

Fun Facts

Background: There is a years-old religious war on on the XNA developer forums about whether simple “apps” like this should be allowed to coexist next to deep games, and steal their precious “New Release” slots.  It started with the success and subsequent proliferation of “massage apps”, and culminated in The Controversial Saga of the Zombie Massage Makers, where peer reviewers refused to approve a legitimate app after the developer made some forum comments about “cashing in”.

Serious Statement: Highbrow Games, having made apps in the past, but planning to make games in the future, feels that both are legitimate candidates for the Indie Games channel, but… it would sure be nice if The Great Arbiter Microsoft created a separate app section on the Indie service to appease everyone.  Microsoft has maintained silence on this issue however, so it appears the status quo will continue.

Thinking Outside The Box: We believe this is the first ever “box-inside-a-box” box art that’s been released on Xbox Live Indie Games!

About the Author

Danimal is the resident code monkey, artisan, musical director, and PR shill for Highbrow Games. Enjoy his ironic mustache.