GameSpot let me do a little Q & A with them. I felt the need to say something!
From the article:
Far from a typical retail boxed product, The Dishwasher is a side-scrolling beat-’em-up with a penchant for Kill Bill-style blood geysers, shambling zombies, and maniacal robots. Inspired by equal parts jeet kune do master Bruce Lee, poseur Italian restaurants, and Ryuhei Kitamura’s epic Versus, The Dishwasher in many ways acts as a proof of concept for Microsoft’s ambitious service and gives players the chance to channel their inner butcher while bounding off walls and mashing on buttons in the process.
And then I say cool things like:
GS: In terms of ease of use, does XNA have the potential to be the magic bullet for bringing game design and development to the masses? As in, are we going to see a lot of average joes making quality, fun games?
JS: Game development is still an extremely ambitious venture, so depending on your definition of “the masses,” we may never see this type of magic bullet. Otherwise, a guy like me is probably always going to be the best you can hope for as an average joe. I went to school for computer science while working a series of crappy jobs and have always dreamed of making video games but have no industry experience or special game development education.
Then I checked the GameSpot forum on this, and found some excellent nuggets of InterWeb wisdom; some good ones:
1 of the best Arcade games out
I want to buy it now but that not a option. Dam you Microsoft, Dam you.
The one drawback to this game being so amazing
Is that every Wed. until it releases will be a disappointment no matter what comes out.
…and some not so good ones:
This is the most hot topic game in the world.
It might as well be called Johnny the Homicidal Douchebag.
There are a lot more good ones then there are not so good ones, so I’m really pleased (and I’m getting a little better at accepting criticism). It seems like people are really hungry for some XBLA content that isn’t classic arcade games or cutesy casual games. Not like there’s anything terrifically wrong with classic arcade games and cutesy casual games (I like a little Boom Boom Rocket and Metal Slug 3, thankyouverymuch), but I think people are pretty agreed about the desire for interesting new content, even if it is “hot topic.”
And for the record, I prefer Salvation Army for my counterculture wardrobe over Hot Topic. Think I can afford Hot Topic? I’m still poor, you know.