Free Halo 4 armor for those who watch debates on Xbox Live

Microsoft offering Avatar armor to gamers who watch at least 30 minutes of three presidential or vice-presidential debates through Xbox 360.

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Presidential and vice-presidential debates begin this week for next month's United States election, and gamers seeking to score new outfits for their Avatars may want to tune in. Microsoft has announced a new promotion that rewards gamers who watch debates through Xbox Live with free Halo 4 Avatar armor.

Party lines don't matter for this promotion.

Interested gamers must join Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards program, and watch at least 30 minutes of three of the four presidential and vice-presidential debates. The debate coverage will be available live through Xbox Live's Election 2012 Hub and will air at 9 p.m. EDT on October 3, October 11, October 16, and October 22.

Codes to download the Halo 4 Avatar armor will be distributed through email on or around November 1.

The Xbox Live Election 2012 Hub launched over the summer, and provided video streams of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Additionally, Microsoft again partnered with Rock the Vote to offer voter registration through the hub, which also features regular Obama and Romney campaign coverage.

Discussion

122 comments
worlock77
worlock77

The comments on this article just confirm my belief that gamers will whine and b*tch about absolutely anything and everything.

slomlo
slomlo

I don't see what people aren't getting. The point isn't to make you watch the debate if you weren't going to, it is incentive to watch it on Xbox as opposed to cable or online. The more people that watch on Xbox, the more money they get, so they throw this in to help convince people.

dkdk999
dkdk999

Theres so many more important debates to watch than the presidential debates though. 

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

Why watch when you can play and throw punches at Barak Obama as Mitt Romney, all while evading the deadly Demon Boss in Dungeon Defenders.You can unlock 2 pets: Democrat Donkey & Republican Elephant, 2 unique weapons: Squire boxing glove weapon & Monk boxing glove weapon, and 4 unlockable outfits: Monk - President Obama, Squire - Mitt Romney, Huntress - Michelle Obama, & Apprentice - George Washington. All for a  price of $1.99. Requires the base game Dungeon Defenders on Steam in order to play.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Cool! Was gonna be watching the important debates anyways.

enoslives7
enoslives7

WTF is microsoft doing? They should fix their operating systems first, then worry about giving out free virtual armor.

LE5LO
LE5LO

The sad thing is if one candidate was giving us free exclusive DLC I'd vote for them, as once they're in they don't listen to what we want anyway, they're all the same these days. Obama proved that with everything he's continued to support from the Bush admin. and all the important stuff that he's ignored. It seems Romney should be given a chance but really why should we think he'll do any better? If I had it our way we'd get rid of all these clowns and have Ron Paul as the U.S president...and EVERYONE knows it. Cheers.

LE5LO
LE5LO

American gamers will just log in for the first 3 candidates and then switch off their 360's when the 4th comes on to unlock this. Simple as that, so my question is why do they even bother with this crap? Statistically all it shows is people like freebies and will tune in for a petty incentive, and why do they believe their console needs to cover-free to air T.V now and do everything except for cater to the people that buy them to actually play VIDEO-GAMES and get away from what's being aired on all the awful T.V stations of this world?

Pathetic.

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

If I was going to watch the debates tonight - I would simply turn on my TV, or DVR then (which is moore likely) - as opposed to turning on my 360, signing-in, and then watching a weakened video feed. 

shadowdoggg
shadowdoggg

USA only? I don't really care who is president. America can never make good decisions.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

US elections are so weird to the rest of the world. Every 4 years they make you choose between 2 guys...  And then they act like a new king is born:P   Chaaaaange!! LOL

fillup0
fillup0

Okay time to stick on the presidential elections and then turn on the kettle and do something else.

jark888
jark888

Nice promotion. I'm studying US government right now, and my teacher asked us to watch it.    \\(^0^)//

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

What does Halo 4 have to do with the presidential debate?  This has "bribe" written all over it.  It surprises me, though.  Are you so desperate, Microsoft?  ...May as well shout from a roof top with hands clutched together and puppy-dog eyes, "PLEASE, use our console!".  It just doesn't make sense.  This actually turns me away from watching it on the 360.

 

Oh great, I'm pissed off again.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Kind of a sad way to market the media uses of the Xbox most users don't care much about.

 

Kind of funny also since a lot of the people that would care about the armor, care very little about the elections.

tightwad34
tightwad34

This is weird, just weird. Good thing I don't care about either politics or avatar skins.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

May as well.If we're not careful, the wrong elected official will try and turn on games.

 

We may as well get involved and make our voices heard. This, of course, is just a small first step. 

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

They could offer to give me the whole damn game and i still wouldn't watch presidential debates.

sonicare
sonicare

Sounds easy.  Was going to watch them anyway.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Umm. No thanks because that will be an hour that I will never get back in my life. Heck you could even work minimum wage for that extra hour and buy yourself more avatar clothes than you need. Every scenario says that  you are the loser if you actually waste your time watching those debates just for Halo 4 armor.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

So we get to watch two of the biggest retards in the U.S. throw mud at each other and dodge important questions, and then get rewarded with some digital clothes? Yeah, no thanks.

 

Besides, most people will just turn on the debate and leave it running while they do something more productive.

SEEDman_X
SEEDman_X

wow~ I actually really like the idea of trying to get gamers politically involved.  After all, presidential candidates have been advertising in games already!

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Good for them but... Unless it requires interaction during the debate I'm assuming many people would do like I would and press play on the XBox, then input on my TV and watch something else...

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I wonder why Microsoft spent zillion for marketing rather than developing good games that they're lacking.

 

 

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

I guess they're doing this as a way to make it seem like they really want people to vote rather than go out and get Halo 4 and play it all day... I'll be doing the latter.  Still, I suppose if you were to watch the debates at least now you get a bonus for doing so.

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

And also, if you're going to incentivize people, do it with something other than dress up clothes for your digital doll, for fvck's sake. I would be embarrassed to admit that I watched a political debate just so I could get free duds for my fake doll. 

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

Hey guys, it's Microsoft pushing people to do more things other than playing games on their Xbox! Look at the shock on my face! What a sad sham this system has become. 

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Why are people complaining? 

Getting citizens involved in our politics is a good thing. 

rasterror
rasterror

I'll just turn on my 360 turn on the debate and watch tv in another room.

funkinslick
funkinslick

anybody else feel like this is an effort to make xbox seem like a viable platform for political advertisement, and thus be able to charge campaigns for ad space?

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @HIT3kNology lol, with all these political satires popping up, it's like these indy dev's have found a new genre for to do something with, without including zombies, monsters or war for a change.

 

If you like Mortal Kombat and Politics I came across this just 2 days ago. It's called Political Kombat 12. They've made 3 episodes so far with more planned, it's pretty funny stuff, even if you don't understand the references, enjoy guys:

 

Here's where it originated at Slate.com:

 

slate.com/articles/video/political_kombat/2012/10/_2012_presidential_election_obama_romney_biden_ryan_campaigns_told_in_video_game_fights_.html

 

 

WiteCastle112
WiteCastle112

 @enoslives7 Haha, have you not been around while MS keeps releasing new iterations of its OS's? I don't care how much you hate MS, but you've gotta admit the newer OS's are better than the last-TRUTH

WiteCastle112
WiteCastle112

 @LE5LO Ight, so who in their right mind actually thought anyone could fix the dou###baggery Bush left us with in only 4 years? Either way, if what you're saying is true, why should candidates not lie to people who are so easily swayed by "freebies"? hmmmm

madden75
madden75

 @LE5LO 

 

If even ONE person becomes informed, then it is worth it.

memrie
memrie

 @brainiac1988 It always comes down to two people. But the process of narrowing down the candidates is years in the making. 

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@aussiemuscle I hope you are not an American. If you are. You are EXACTLY what is wrong with this country.

Ranger-911
Ranger-911

 @Trickymaster Your dumb all you have to do is play it and do something else.  Like earn $7.25 which won't get you much. So if you go to work for one hour just to get $7.25 your a loser.

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @WiteCastle112 Ron Paul could and would have fixed it, end of story. I see what you're saying though. Nice point.

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @madden75 agreed, but sadly all the informative stuff is bull just to get votes, we are lied to by Obama time and time again, it was the same with Bush Jr. and it will be the same with Romney if he's elected. All this dirty business with the CIA and the military industrial complex and the mainstream media just reads the bull story they're given by them without question. Luckily there's a good, honest journalist like Ben Swan and shock jocks like Alex Jones still exist to expose information the mainstream won't go near though. In other words, to be informed; don't bother with the debates. It's all white-wash. Watch or listen to the two I mentioned above. They'll give you a much better understanding of American and global affairs. Damn, even Russia Today is less biased and more informative than American media.

 

Forget armour. I want an Osama bin Laden avatar, "Praise Allah American infidels!" *Shoots snub nose AK into the air.

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

 @inaka_rob  @aussiemuscleYou're EXACTLY what's wrong with America. You have more to gain watching two sheep in a heated discussion BAHHing at eachother than watching a bunch of old men trying really hard to do better than the other.  Besides there are more important things to watch, like Spongebob Squarepants.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @inaka_rob  @aussiemuscle

 There is an article on this site that advertises extra XP for Halo with the purchase of Mountain Dew and Doritos, that is worse than any of this.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @inaka_rob  @aussiemuscle

 Why are they so wrong if they don't want to watch the presidential debate? I will definately not be watching it myself. And  I am American and I am not what's wrong with this country, that's for sure.

Inferi-Fang
Inferi-Fang

 @Spartan_418  No, We need the Master Chief in office lol. Gravemind plans out infecting everyone! Cortana would be first lady.

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @WiteCastle112 Thanks for the link, that was 'gold' ;) It's important that people here on GS take an interest in serious topics that aren't JUST game related, issues like this are genuinely more important than Halo 4 armor. Zeitgeist 2, Michael Moore, Ron Paul and Alex Jones (among others) have addressed the issue as well.

 

Putting it simply, the Fed NEEDS to be dissolved and public awareness is a good start to instigate this.

 

The corruption and bribery in congress makes it hard for us to do anything, but if everyone knows about the Fed and makes their voice heard, soon enough we'll be to rid the world of this greedy, insane minority that still pull the strings. Cheers man, keep spreading the good word. Jim.