Microsoft begins Marketplace points giveaway

Gamers who spend $30 in Microsoft points on XBLA games and add-ons during October will receive an extra $10 worth of points added to account.

October is typically a big month for gaming retail as the holiday season ramps up, but this year Microsoft is apparently determined to push its downloadable offerings as well. The Xbox 360 maker already announced that its Game Feast lineup of anticipated downloadable games would run throughout October, and today it followed that up with a new "thank you" promotion for Xbox Live customers during the month.

Super Meat Boy is just one of the Game Feast releases that will count toward the free points promotion.

Microsoft has said that any Xbox Live users who spend 2,400 Microsoft points ($30) on downloadable add-ons or Xbox Live Arcade games during the month of October will be credited with 800 Microsoft points ($10) to thank them for their business. The process should be automatic, with eligible purchases having to be made between 12:01 Eastern time October 1 and 11:59 p.m. October 31.

Regardless of how much money is spent on the service, each user can receive the bonus only once, with the promotional points expected to be distributed around the end of November. The offer is available in every country Xbox Live operates, with the exceptions of Japan, Italy, and France.

This is not the first time Microsoft has rewarded customers with automatic points for their purchases. However, previous promotions were typically tied to events like the Summer of Arcade, with only a handful of select game purchases counting toward the free-points criteria.

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o0ONecrosisO0o
o0ONecrosisO0o

does anyone know what the name of this deal is called i didnt get the points added to my account and i called customer support and they were having trouble finding the name of the promotion if anyone could inbox me if they know what its called that would help alot thanks

o0ONecrosisO0o
o0ONecrosisO0o

does anyone know what the name of this deal is called i didnt get the points added to my account and i called customer support and they were having trouble finding the name of the promotion if anyone could inbox me if they know what its called that would help alot thanks

FabledVeteran
FabledVeteran

hmmm, well all i would say i want from the marketplace system is the 400msp price to come back... whatever happened to that? Everything i have wanted to buy recently has been 560msp+ and arcade games are all pretty much 800 - 1600 points now... and i hate the fact with 560 points, you're always left with a ridiculous amount of points which you can't purchase anything with unless you buy more points...

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

hopefully there will be a christmas speacial cuz i have no points right now

D_E_E_G_S
D_E_E_G_S

Not a bad deal if there are two or three titles you've been meaning to pick up on XBLA. Might finally grab Limbo and Shadow Complex.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

No, thanks, I ll keep my money for more fun games. that I actually own the dvd for it, instead of air connected to an account can lose it anytime if banned for no reason. I don't violate the rules, but who knows, my cat could use my account , or hacker , or Bill Gates' imaginary friends could and I lose my money.

P0T
P0T

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P0T
P0T

Laughable that Sony fanboys troll this story. Get back to me when PSN offers similar deals and gives you free wallet money. This isn't the first time LIVE offers these cool promotions and it won't be the last. They've done it at least a few times already.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

already bought hydrophobia, and am gonna buy comic jumper, so that'll put me over the top. plus the free 800 points from buying another year on the marketplace and once i buy all the games from the games feast this month, i should have a hefty amount of free money =D

buft
buft

this is awesome i just bought puzzlequest 2 for 1200 points and i still have 1400 points left which i was keeping for super meat boy, score one for me!

blackace
blackace

A better deal would be for every $50 you spend on DLC, you get a years subscription for XBL for free. All they would need to do is run this for a week and I'd be happen. lol!!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I just bought Hydrophobia. I'll buy Comic Jumper on Wednesday. That should put me at 2400 points spent. Plus I still need to buy the new Borderlands DLC, Deathspank ToV, Shank, RDR Undead DLC, all the Mass Effect 2 DLC, etc etc etc.....

Uhagi
Uhagi

Good I like it, however they may want to do this every quarter, or around the holidays.

niklev83
niklev83

mjc0961 Reading this reply actually reminded me that not everyone in the world is a complete self-centric "dummy" ...I respect your opinion :) There is something I want to add to this... Although voting someone off out of your game is "nice" (because it is a vote after-all) ...but, in my opinion, everyone has a right to play, i guess even if he's jerking off... Problem is, people WILL abuse this feature... This is where a team decision comes into play for ousting the player by different means... more physical... You get the point... Again, my opinion... :) ...simpler that way and no tears...

niklev83
niklev83

parhar67 More users that are rich kids who can't tell right from wrong if that.

niklev83
niklev83

Like in my first statement in which I mentioned that it was my opinion... I will again say "They know Live is in trouble and still manage to give no measurable incentives gamers way. My Opinion." ...I, like you, want my opinion visible... for people to see the truth and not be censored for it... As if my statement will be the downfall of "Live"... lol As an owner of BOTH Microsoft's and Sony's consoles I am deeply insulted by Microsoft !!! Second paper-weight in my collection thus far... no appreciation for my hard-earned money ! :)

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Thats very unlike the money grabing Microsoft I know and left

projectpat72988
projectpat72988

@hannify Thanks I neeeded the laugh...LMFAO...Nazism? Yeeeeaahhh nice example there buddy..it was surely accepted as it united the whole world in war and millions of people died...just putting it out there.. and to all the PSN fnaboys i laugh in your faces.. I love how you always use it being free as some kind of leverage when its very clear Sony regrets letting it be free not to mention still lost the top spot WITH IT BEING FREE...Do you actually believe PSN will be free forever? Sony lost the battle this generation...You actually think PS4 will have free online? Sony is kicking themselves for giving it away for free...they gave it out free and STILL lost ...not like they can just be like hey okay guys we are gonna start charging now, its too late for that now they need to wait for next console...and to anyone who cries about XBL servers doesnt even give them a chance...because in 2 years I have never had trouble.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

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Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

Reason why people use Xbox live more then PSN is because live been around for 2 generations. The PSN is BRAND NEW! Sony never had a service like this before so its a learning curve for them. Go back to when the PS3 was first released and you will see how much the PSN has evolved since then. A lot of people are used to paying for live because some have been doing it since the original Xbox. A lot of people need to be reasonable and logical when it comes to this debate and leave all the fanboy and bias opinions outside of the door.

FreshTillDeath
FreshTillDeath

They would have to do this the week after I buy some points!

fillup0
fillup0

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projectpat72988

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Aesahaettr
Aesahaettr

I haven't noticed this on the dashboard yet but there is an offer for 2 years of xbl with a 1600 point 'gift.'

fillup0
fillup0

If any company can offer a free online service it is Microsoft. They force feed us advertisements, this I wouldn't care about if it was free, but Sony brings a free online service with no advertisements and a paid option which feeds you free games... Microsoft, Xbox Live as a paid platform, its days are numbered.

grand17
grand17

why not drop $10 off the yearly subscription fee

phatmatt030
phatmatt030

@ArcAngel6903, then why are you reading this article?

diesil
diesil

jus think if EA had their own console they would never do anything like this lol

ArcAngel6903
ArcAngel6903

Or I could continue buying PSN items, not pay a yearly internet usage fee for something I all ready pay Comcast for and have no reason to pay Microsoft to use my own internet which saves me more than a measly $10 in Microsoft points. Gee, I'll go with that plan...... :-|

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Ugh... they have to announce this mere days after I toss down $30 on the Borderlands DLC? sonova

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@Fanamdara Regardless of that they should still include other payment methods and I'm sure the majority of the gaming community will agree with me. I don't agree with paying online and if I have to then there should be different payment methods for certain features I'm using. After all Microsoft loves bragging about the features it has over the PS3 so yea its more then just servers.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

I've got a better idea... Why don't they just decrease the cost of MS points permanently, thus increasing the interest and support of their fan base?

Fanamdara
Fanamdara

@Colonel-Snake Just think of it as your paying for the servers to play your games on, the interface. Everything else your mentioning just comes extra. And if your paying full price for XBL you need to start looking around. I have never spent more than 40 dollars for 1 year of live, and there was actually a offer on the dashboard not to long ago I accepted, 29.99 for 1 year of XBL that will come into effect november for me. @VXXXJesterXXXV What you said is soo true, can't believe so many people complaining about basically a buy 2 (or3) get 1 free deal. They don't have to do that, if you buy stuff from XBL you get more bang for your buck. If you don't than it doesn't effect you, no point arguing about it.

Sparticus1013
Sparticus1013

Might as well stockpile points now, I'm going to be buying them eventually anyway.

blackace
blackace

This part of it sucks. Why can't I get the bonus more then once? Why do I have to wait all the way to November to the bonus points? That's lame. It should be instant. In any case, i do want to get Hydraphobia and Plants -vs- Zombies.I still want HydroThunder: Hurricane and Lara Croft too. I wish the bonus could be done more then once though.

green_dominator
green_dominator

@Jbul I never said I was an expert on the subject. I was just saying what I knew and I know nothing of the PC version just that it exists. And....I'm not some idiot kid I happen to be in my 30's....

Jbul
Jbul

@Green_Dominator: Um, sorry young fella, Plants Vs. Zombies already won plenty of GOTY awards when it came out on PC.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@keech I believe in paying for things I would use not pay for other nonsense I have no interest in using. They wanna charge online fine go do that but don't use a PR stunt excuse and say how they believe all those features is worth the 60 dollars per year. I should be able to pay for things I use not stuff added on just to Nickel and dime me. I guarantee you if they charge per feature it would cost less then what they are already asking for right now. They just wanna Nickel and Dime people for features they don't use just to be greedy and I don't respect that. Thats like paying for a cable bill and they give me no option to pick the Channels THAT I WANNA PAY FOR AND WATCH. The thing is Microsoft will still make money but guess what ? They just make way more putting a subscription with no options available.

green_dominator
green_dominator

@mjc0961 There are worse games on XBLA like that Hydrophobia that just came out. Plant's vs Zombies isn't even a full on Tower Defense game, it seems to be trying something different because most of the TD games I've played all had you building your defenses on the outside of the walkway and not on it. I just think the game has some charm to it not that it's going to win GOTY or anything.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@Milhouse09 All DLC, but that might not include downloadable avatar clothing and themes. But stuff like map packs and characters count as add ons to the original game.

Alex_09
Alex_09

Sure thing gamespot, just reduce the price on all your ripoff DLC by... ohhh... 70 per cent. This is a great deal! If you're wasteful and a terrible shopper.

monson21502
monson21502

they need to lower of the price of hard drives. i have no room on my 20 gig 360 to buy anymore arcade games. so now im just waiting till i get a new 250 gig slim 360. but if they sold at least 60 gig hds for 30 to 45 bucks i would buy it for my 60 gig now. but ms is to greedy to do that. so they lose out on me going to buy points cards.

payne6705
payne6705

ugh spend $30 to make $10..meh its not THAT great of a deal.

Chuck166
Chuck166

@CMakaCreative. I remember getting something in the mail about that. I thought it was junk but i guess I'll check it out. thanks.

Chuck166
Chuck166

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CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

@Chuck166. Gamestops has a new program that allows you to purchase PSN & Live points. You get like 10pts for every dollar you spend on games & 20 pts for used games (something like that). I'm not 100% sure how much points you need to trade it in for Live points, but if you buy games at Gamestop, you'd get it in no time.

Chuck166
Chuck166

They should do this all the time. They should do some type of rewards system like on some credit cards. Such as, you spend 3000msp, you get 1000 msp at the end of the month. 6000msp,then u get 2000 at the end. Something like that would be sweet.