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Most of you read or at least heard the Next-Gen interview with Marc Whitten where he revealed some Xbox Live Arcade games will be delisted. The article sparked quite a bit of discussion like Game|Life’s intelligent piece on long tail economics and GameSetWatch’s excellent devil advocate’s opinion regarding artificial scarcity.

 

Gamerscoreblog, written by actual Microsoft employees, confirms the criteria for delisting. Games that have a Metacritic score of 65% or less, been on Xbox Live Arcade for over six months and have a demo to purchase ratio of less than 6% might be pulled from the Xbox Live Arcade catalog.

 

The conversion ratio is the “wildcard” factor. Microsoft has never revealed this data, but just to get some idea of what games could be delisted I went through Metacritic to make two lists. The first is for games over six months old. The second reveals what games might be delisted in the future.

 

The potential delist list:

 

Crystal Quest

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe

Hardwood Hearts

Fatal Fury Special

Contra

Marathon: Durandal

Missile Command

Time Pilot

Track & Field

Hardwood Backgammon

Hardwood Spades

Pac-Man

Frogger

Mad Tracks

Root Beer Tapper

Super Contra

Geon: Emotions

Soltrio Solitaire

Rush'n Attack

Aegis Wing

Defender

Rocketmen: Axis of Evil

Double Dragon

Xevious

Gyruss

Asteroids / Asteroids Deluxe

Centipede & Millipede

Spyglass Board Games

Tetris Splash

Ecco the Dolphin

Yie Ar Kung-Fu

Wing Commander Arena

Novadrome

Shrek-N-Roll

Scramble

Sonic the Hedgehog

Street Trace: NYC

TotemBall

Word Puzzle

New Rally-X

Cyberball 2072

Screwjumper!

Yaris

 

The potential delist list of the future:

 

Arkadian Warriors

Tempest

Tron

Boogie Bunnies

Discs of Tron

Triggerheart Exelica

Bliss Island

Brain Challenge

TiQal

Mr. Driller Online

Battlezone

Rocky and Bullwinkle

 

Is there anything here that you would miss?

 

Images courtesy of Warashi and Namco Bandai.

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