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November 29, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Ouya's proprietary game store reaches 1,000 game milestone

Getting their start as a slick alternative to mainstream game consoles, Ouya capitalized on the popularity of mobile gaming. Running a modified Android OS, the Ouya took the faster development cycle of mobile games and aimed it at the living room TV. Quicker development cycle for a bigger screen - the worst part of mobile gaming is the tiny screens.

Their journey hasn't been without problems. Initial delays became larger issues with consumer dissatisfaction with the controllers and hardware specs.

Despite this, Ouya now has reached the 1,000 game milestone in their online game store.

Ouya's boasts 1,000 games This is the first I've hear from the Ouya camp in quite a while. I don't even recall the last time I saw an Ouya on a retail shelf. Amidst rumors that they were seeking to turn the brand in to a platform that would run on other devices, there were also rumors of demise and a buyout. It's hard to say how things are at Ouya, but they've achieved a milestone that few indie companies have achieved with 1.000 games in their shop.

Keep in mind that these games are not only from smaller independent, developers. Ouya attracted several AAA devs (SEGA, Telltale) who have lent needed credibility to the platform. They began with a requirement that all games must have a free component, like a free level or demo version.

This strategy was abandoned and I felt it was a slap to the consumers who had been promised previews of games prior to purchase. One could say that it was unreasonable to expect that scenario to last, but the reasons given seemed weak and not motivated by any benefit to consumers.

I hope they can maintain the Ouya console and grow it into a contender. With other companies bringing android game boxes to market, it's hard to say if that will diffuse the Ouya's market to ruin or if Ouya was simply the first to break into this open market. Time will tell and I'm still loving all the emulators that it will run!

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