Remember when Xbox threatened to take down games with bad metacritic scores?

Remember when Xbox threatened to take down games with bad metacritic scores?

Remember the days of Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360? The service has made it possible to publish games digitally, from big companies like EA to one-person independent developers – and everything in between.

But in 2008, Microsoft made the decision to rid the service of lower quality titles, taking the drastic step of threatening that if a game hadn’t received a 65 or higher on Metacritic, it could be removed.

“We will be phasing out older, less performing titles in order to keep the service focused on a high quality gaming section. The way it will work is that the title will need to be at least 6 months old and have a Metacritic score of less than 65 and a conversion rate of less than 6% on the service. We will also give you three months’ notice before removing a security. “

This actually put a number of games in the potential write-off category at the time, but in October 2008, IGN learned that the company had “no immediate plans to act on write-offs,” just …

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