EA has bought casual gaming giant PopCap Games in a deal worth $1.3 billion.
If you added up all the downloadable games across Steam, XBLA, PSN, Minis, WiiWare, DSiWare and even the foolishly overlooked Xbox Indie Games Channel, how many games have been released to date? 4000? More?
Whatever the actual figure is, perhaps it's strange that so few of these games have been bundled up for retail release. Microsoft issued an XBLA showcase compilation a few years back, and PopCap is getting in on the act right now with two four-game volumes on Xbox 360. But apart from those, who else is bothering?
The point is, while it's easy to grasp the motivation for keeping literally thousands of titles locked onto a download service at the same price for years on end (money money money!), a large proportion of the potential audience presumably remains unaware of the cheap gems out there.
BG&E! Torchlight! Hard Corps! Full House!
Puzzle perfectionist PopCap plans to put Bejeweled Blitz on Xbox Live Arcade very soon.
When exactly we don't know - an estimate of Q1 2011 is all that's given.
Bejeweled Blitz Live is an adaptation of Facebook game Bejeweled Blitz. Its transition to Xbox Live brings new twists such as 16-player Party mode and head-to-head battles.