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Microsoft's New Xbox Dashboard Lampooned by XBLA Game

The developer of Serious Sam Double D has released a new game on the Xbox Live Arcade that pokes fun at Microsoft's new console dashboard.

While the software giant's new update for the Xbox has gone down relatively well in most quarters, indi developer Mommy's Best Games was keen to poke fun at the new design in the best way it knows how - with a game.

Called "Game Type" the new Xbox Live Arcade title - which can be bought and played from within the Xbox marketplace - features a girl wearing a hoody doing a strange sort of kick pose. She never moves from this position, though as the screen scrolls side ways, she can shoot some sort of laser power from her midsection at flying enemies. They respond with purple blobs of their own power, very reminiscent of some of the "Hardest boss" videos you can find on YouTube.

Game Type can be played in single player or co-op mode, with the goal of shooting the enemies that periodically fly at you, while collecting the wads of cash that they drop to increase your score. Apart from that little jab at Microsoft though, the game also has a few other hints that the developers weren't pleased with the new dashboard update.

First you have the intro in the trailer, which shows the player navigating through an overcomplicated system to reach the title. To do so, the player bypasses such important features as a cat chat service as well as adverts for food and drink and new reality TV shows.

There's some text based lampooning as well, with the end of the trailer saying "Check the games-games-indie-games tab on the new dashboard. Or search for it, otherwise you probably won't be able to find it."

Computer and Video Games has a mock press release from the developer as well. "I've been thrilled Microsoft created the special Dashboard tile just for our game. It's such a terrible name which I created as a placeholder while starting the project."

"With the incongruous stock photo of a woman in a hoodie doing a jump-kick, and the forgettable 'Game Type' title, it's good to know Microsoft was advertising our poorly-named game, and not trying to label the console's entire digital game storefront. Otherwise, it'd be a horrible match that would simply make no sense and generally lead fewer gamers to find the store and browse on their own terms."

Dipping his toes into almost everything that could be labeled 'nerdy' in his free time, Jon has been writing about technology for over half a decade. While mainly focusing on PC hardware thoughout this time, today he's more varied, covering everything from gaming to general electronics, industry perspectives and consoles. As well as writing for different sites, Jon enjoys wargaming, reading and PC gaming, hoping to balance out these geeky pastimes with fire spinning and MMA.