Xbox Live Community Games Renamed

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Buried in the official announcement of XNA Game Studio 3.1 is news that, come late July, Xbox Live Community Games would be getting a much-needed name change.


Goodbye Xbox Live Community Games, and hello Xbox Live Indie Games. The name is being changed in response to community feedback, in order to increase understanding and, just read:

The launch of XNA Game Studio 3.1 begins the process of renaming Xbox LIVE Community Games to Xbox LIVE Indie Games. We're starting the communication about this transition with you – our incredible Creators. With your help hopefully this name change (along with other new features such as User Ratings!) will increase understanding and discoverability of your games! Late July, when we update Creators Club Online, we will begin revealing the name change to the Consumer side of our business. We believe this name better represents the independent spirit of XNA Game Studio gaming and creations!

I for one think the new name is a huge improvement. Now we can simply call them Xbox Indies now and folks will know what we are referring to, instead of having to spell out Xbox Live Community Games every time someone releases a particularly interesting massager.

XNA Game Studio 3.1 is here! [XNA Creators Club - Thanks Nick!]


Is this a concession that scores of 360 owners did NOT band together to become "garage developers" as they originally believed would happen ("democratization of game development", etc.)?

Is the name change also a way to make room from the upcoming Kodu project (the one showed at CES)?