Team Meat say Super Meat Boy didn't receive the promotion it was verbally promised, which was supposed to include a review from Major Nelson and an exclusive launch week. Neither happened, and McMillen promises that Indie Game: The Movie captures much of Team Meat's Microsoft frustration, including what felt like being tortured in a concentration camp (IndieGames Podcast 27:35).
Zen Studios, who released Pinball FX2 in the same Game Feast promotion, had a much more amiable experience with Microsoft. In a public email, Zen argues that Super Meat Boy received "the MOST promo out of thd [sic] deal as they were the poster child for the whole campaign," and cites the Microsoft brain trust as the reason for Pinball FX2's continued success. And then it goes there:
"So why all the backlash? What are they not telling you? Is this a desperate attempt at marketing, PR...SALES? How come no one has mentioned that these guys have made millions -- is it to protect their 'we are indie and poor' image?" Zen's email concludes.
Team Meat took Twitter offense to that last bit, tweeting a profane message to Zen, which we will paraphrase as follows: "Excuse me, Zen, but could you please explain the motive behind such a bold attack of our intellectual freedom? Thank you and may you stay in good health." Zen responded, Team Meat volleyed, but in the end, we may get a Super Meat Boy skin for Pinball FX2, and both developers have some new friends.
And they lived happily ever after.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 500 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Released 2013-11-22