may get upset at my slightly preemptive announcement, but we're working on something cool and I just like sharing. :)
We're working on a new system that will help developers and customers out with linking to the Xbox.com Marketplace. The idea is that our site will keep itself up to date using the RSS feed of published games and then all you have to do is use a simple link. So as an example, let's look at my game's URL:
Ugly. Now let's look at the short link:
The short links support alphanumeric characters and hypens. We strip out any other character. So for Mithra, the link looks like this: http://xblcg.info/link/Mithra-Episode-1-Chapter-1
. If you don't know how to convert this yourself, we've made a small tool: http://xblcg.info/GetLink.php
. Simply give it the full title of your game and it will do the conversion. The tool does not
check our database for the game; it just does the string conversion.
We currently have every game that is available on XBLCG in our database, but the RSS updates is not complete. We plan to manually update it every day until we can get the automatic updates handled. Do note that the URLs may change slightly in the coming days as we finalize the service, so please don't rely on them too heavily just yet.
I'm hoping that this can become a popular service as it's much easier to type and remember than that gigantic marketplace GUID. And with more links out there, creators can hopefully get more sales on their games. :)
EDIT: We now have a full index view of XBLCG on the main page: http://xblcg.info/
. You can use that to browse all the games and filter by the first character in the title as well as genre. We're working on more features, so stay tuned.
EDIT 2: We now support referral IDs on the links. See my post here
for more details.
EDIT 3: We now support signing in with your LIVE ID and rating games. We added a filter for ratings as well.