Remember when video games were all made by people in their bedrooms instead of Activision? When you could go down to the market and buy a new game on cassette tape with a quid and come home and play it straight away? If you don’t, you’re probably too young, but trust me, it happened. Apart from the playing straight away bit, it generally took about an hour to load anything (if it worked.)

Since November 2008, Microsoft has been reliving the old days with Xbox LIVE Indie Games. The service allows anyone that wants to release a game to do it, from their bedrooms if they want to. And the prices? Often even less than a quid. You can play straight away, too, and really this time!

Achievement Locked is a website dedicated to a service which I’ve been in love with for a while now, it’s my favourite thing about the Xbox 360 and the best thing that’s happened to gaming in years – but it’s criminally ignored. Not literally criminally, unfortunately, but just wait until I’m ruler of the world.

Achievement Locked? What does that mean?

It’s just a joke, really. Unfortunately, at the moment Xbox LIVE Indie Games aren’t able to offer achievements, something that’d be great if it changed.

It’d be great if Xbox LIVE Indie Games were available worldwide too, but alas, they’re not just yet. If you’re in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom or the United States you’re in luck. If you’re not, accounts can be registered in those countries for free, and you can play to your heart’s content.

I really recommend that you do.

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