Microsoft rewrites Gamerscore rules

Publisher gives the OK to add 250 achievement points through downloadable content, 50 points to arcade titles.

Several Xbox 360 gamers have found themselves going to extraordinary lengths to unlock in-game achievements--goals created by developers that award Gamerscore points. Following rumors that Microsoft would be rewarding achievements with real-world prizes, the company's marketing team has confirmed new rules for achievement points on its Gamerscore blog.

The maximum number of achievement points a game can award has been raised to 1,250 from 1,000 for full retail releases. The extra 250 points can be included in downloadable content that becomes available on Xbox Live Marketplace. Xbox Live Arcade titles, which were previously capped at 200 points, can now add an extra 50 points through downloadable content.

Games can also now ship with less than 1,000 points, but must offer more points through free downloadable content that brings the total to 1,000. The cost of downloadable content that adds points beyond the original 1,000 is up to the discretion of the publisher.

Gamerscore blog points out the upcoming sandbox game from Realtime Worlds, Crackdown, as an example of this. The game will initially ship with a maximum of 900 achievement points, and will later offer free downloadable content to fill out the remaining 100 points.

The blog acknowledges that in the past there have been some inconsistencies with the 1,000-point rule (Condemned: Criminal Origins still only yields a maximum of 970 points), but says that going forward all games will adhere to the 1,000-point rule.

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vass86
vass86

sepincourt should stop telling people how to play games. i would rather games just came out with the full 1000 points but it's not the end of the world if it doesn't as long as the downloadable content to get the rest is free.

Old_Gooseberry
Old_Gooseberry

why do people worry bout the points, they do nothing

Phil709
Phil709

Shivering will have achievements mrconfused.

promethus
promethus

That's good as long as it's free and won't cost me another ten bucks to get them I'm down for it.

ghaithdaman
ghaithdaman

CRACKDOWN IS THE BEST SHOOTING GAME IN HISTORY AND NOT ONLY THAT YOU CAN DO ALMOST ANYTHING YOU WANT!!!

mrconfused
mrconfused

hey maybe Oblivion Shivering Isles will have achievments now

Sepincourt
Sepincourt

I find it funny that some people are complaining about needing to pay to get all the achievement points, the question is why do you NEED to get them all anyway? Just so you can boast about having them all, no doubt. I like the achievement points they can add to the life of the game, give you something to aim for and let you see how much of the game you've really done... The achievement points are not really something that I aim to get 100% of, but they are there for a bit of fun. Defiantly something the next Xbox should have.... As for people who would only pay for a DL to get the points, that's rather stupid. If you are going to pay for a Download do it for the right reasons: Your going to make use of and enjoy the additions to the fullest, are fine examples. Also, the additions are going to help add to the life of your game and at least now if there is something the developers wanted to add in and never got the chance to do, they have a means to do it. When with the downloadable content service the players would have needed to have gone without it. I think needing to pay for their work is only fair, as they obviously put their time into making it all possible, just like going out and buy an expansion pack, a very small one be it, but also costs a lot less. All in all, they (Developers) have had the option to add downloadable content to their games, from the day 360 was released (or close to), they also had the option of making you pay for it… at least now you get a little something extra from it. You don't need to get the downloadable content if you don't want to pay for it, just like you don't need to get all the games achievements if you don't want to spend the time doing completing the games finer points.

Kilpers13
Kilpers13

"Piaras007 Achievements rock!! although they're so good that they've put me off playing my other consoles as playing them seems pointless to me now " He's right, although achievement points don't DO anything - it's kinda nice to get a 'pat on the back' for doing well. That's why they have the word "achievement" in there. Does it really matter that the rest of your 1,000 points will be in downloadable content? Will you buy the content anyway? If it bothers you that much - book into therapy! I like the (small) bragging rights achievement points give me. And, as I only get about 600 out of any one game, this whole doesn't bother me at all!

DavidFarren
DavidFarren

how can you say they should ban achchievement points thats what makes it all worth while to have a rant a people because yours is better for god sake man :@

jdhoff
jdhoff

The only thing that would make achievements worth it would be to be able to use them to download content. Paying for gamerpics and themes and even some of the content is such bullsh%$! Why should we have to pay 50 bucks a year for live and still have to pay for the content. I really hate microsoft but i love the 360.

epormada
epormada

They should ban Achievement points in competitve on-line multiplayer, it's hard to play as a team when you have some dork trying to get his points. On-line co-op is fine for points, just not death matches and the like. Plus they are a pain in the *** to get!

Eraak
Eraak

If only they could get rid of the whiny American kids that just sit there and repeat the words F*ggot and Douche when they get killed. American teen + Live = horrible.

riverdragon13
riverdragon13

"Now if they could just get rid of all the whinny kids whose parents bought them 360s. " lol agreed especially the annoying little british kids that just yell and scream over xbox live non-stop. High pitched pre-pubescent voice plus british accent equals horrible.

GIJesse77
GIJesse77

There need to be more singleplayer focused points. Thats one reason liked call of duty 3.

Toxic_Platypus
Toxic_Platypus

Wise. awesome for games like oblivon that has knights of the 9 and upcoming shivering isles

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

lawl at gamerscore though it is a good insentive to play the game

bgres077
bgres077

Hilarious, hopefully people buy into it and buy stuff for more "Gamerscore points".

tigerfan17
tigerfan17

Now if they could just get rid of all the whinny kids whose parents bought them 360s.

nyboy2007
nyboy2007

OH YEA MESSIAH HE"S RIGHT U NEED TO SHAD UP!!!

nyboy2007
nyboy2007

Tertuel said "Achievements are for scrubs who can't play multiplayer games" ur are stooooooopid! SHAD UP!!

Messiah925
Messiah925

You're stoopid, a big stoopid poopie!

Messiah925
Messiah925

You're stoopid, a big stoopid poopie!

Tertuel
Tertuel

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gR_Silent
gR_Silent

Achievements are addicting...

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

G_W_X the wii card and playstation cards are not the same as achievements points.. wii and playstation buy you stuff. . achievements are just for show. . you might be confusing them with the microsoft points though which yea are very similar to wii and playstation except playstation just decides to deal in actual money instead of some stupid point system

gimlifn
gimlifn

Doesn't matter to me I'll buy the extra content for being fun not for getting the full achievement score for the game.

00kike
00kike

I personally don´t give a crap about achievements. I just play the games for fun. 360 without achievements is the same to me.

G_W_X
G_W_X

Does anyone find it wierd that Microst have their achievment points. Then Nintendo have their Wii Points scheme. Sony as everyone who saw the E3 06? press conference knows that they will have a Playstation card... Wii Points card, Playstation card and achievement points. They seem all to familiar to me. Where is the originalitiy?

vanhalendlrband
vanhalendlrband

What a bunch of **** ****. Thanks for ruining acheivements for everyone M$

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

it's all about the $. More points for cash. More money for publishers.

STARS_Splinter
STARS_Splinter

I love the achievement points. Really gives you an incentive to go through and get all those extras a game has to offer- which can only add to the lifespan, in my opinion. I've also found myself reluctant to play other consoles games because I won't get any achievement points... and thats the sole reason I haven't download Knights of the Nine for Oblivion....

Slash_out
Slash_out

So now if we want to get all points on a game we have to pay for downloadable content? Man...

KuroriKenshin
KuroriKenshin

Achievements points mean nothing. Completeists are nothing but irritating people for the most part. I play games for the story and the main concept and move on. Achievements don't DO anything, they just sit there. So what if you've spent all your time playing 360 games? There are plenty of games out there and they mean just as much with our without "achievements". If they were truly achievements they would mean something, such as MS points so I don't have to blow money on stupid episodic content

Piaras007
Piaras007

Achievements rock!! although they're so good that they've put me off playing my other consoles as playing them seems pointless to me now

ThrawnEternal
ThrawnEternal

I hope the Oblivion expansion pack gets some extra points attached to it.

SpeedNut_CV
SpeedNut_CV

Pay for live, pay for points. It's not about the skill, it's about the $$$. For shame.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Xbox Live continues to set the standard! Go, Wii60!!:D

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Wohoo... more points!!! points points points. Does anyone play games for fun anymore? ;) Seriously though, it makes sense that if you are going to spend some serious coinage for addons and expansions that there should be additional points with it too.

Sirmerkum
Sirmerkum

Its funny how the G points dont get you anything, but I bust my but to try and get those pimpin points. Braggin rights! Yea, Braggin rights!!!!!!!

maxxorz
maxxorz

It would be cool if Bethesda added points to Knights of the Nine....

sasuke55
sasuke55

I like points just because it gives you a reason to go back and play a game that you wouldn't normally after you beat it.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

a good idea would be for M$ to give your account maybe a few thousand microsoft points after you reach a certain amount of achievement points...say every 5k or 7500. (just an idea)

V_Zarnold_N
V_Zarnold_N

i like getting points... but i still dont know why people care. whats the point if we dont get anything from them?

atomD21
atomD21

Yeah, if the whole real prizes for points thing was true, then gamerpoints might still be a big deal, but largely, they're losing their novelty.

Itsleaking
Itsleaking

I believe that points should actaully have some significance. When I see people with 1000+ poitns I usualy figure they play alot of games or alot of one game. Thats it. Maybe if they ranked you depending on your gamer score. Sorta like what GameSpot does with your user account. Though its not very dramatic at least it shows you somthing more then just a few measly points.