Today's collection of independent game links include an update on Metanet Software's Robotology situation, articles about the Xbox Live Indie Games channel, an opinion piece about jRPGs, and a tribute video for one of Flashbang Studios' more popular game on Blurst. (image source)

metablog: Robotology - Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?
"We decided that instead of trying to press on with Robotology, it would be better for us and for the project if it was put on hold for the time being, allowing us to take a break from it by working on those small projects (one of which is prototyping Office Yeti). Exciting!"

DIYgamer: Taking Stock of the Xbox Live Indie... Apps
"The XBLIG channel was beginning to become a home for 'games' that weren't actually games at all. Now, stuff like massages, flashlights, screensavers, and 'girl guides' are becoming even more prominent than ever. I feel like it would be a good idea to take stock in the channel and lay out every single 'game' on the XBLIG service that is actually more of an application."

Boing Boing: What's Microsoft doing for Indie Games?
"It's been a year and a quarter since Microsoft first launched their initiative to 'democratize gaming', and nine months since they co-opted the 'Indie Game' brand for that initiative, and the report card on those efforts is looking a bit bleak."

Boing Boing: Guide to the 2010 Indie Games Student Showcase
"A breakdown of the ten student showcase finalists -- with links to downloads for nearly all the games to play yourself."

Necessary Games: Exit Fate, Why jRPGs Suck and Why You Should Play Them
"The indies gave us classics like the irreverent Three the Hard Way, artistic experiments like the non-violent Sunset over Imdahl, poignant parodies like Barkley's Shut Up and Jam. And thankfully, they gave us great homages like Exit Fate."

Oxeye Game Studio: The Harvest Legacy
"Almost 3 years have passed since I made the first Harvest prototype. This concept has in turn inspired other game developers to make their own implementations."

Super Fun Dungeon Run: Merry Gear Solid 2 Official Soundtrack
Now available for download.

Pitchfork: Let There Be Horns (video)
"Thom Glunt produced a music video that pays homage to Minotaur China Shop, and it is awesome."