Tetris, BioShock get XBL DLC

THQ puzzler gets new backgrounds and skins, while Irrational shooter receives picture packs and a theme.

Microsoft is ending the week with new content offerings for a recently released revamp of a classic puzzler and a highly anticipated spiritual sequel to a similarly beloved shooter. Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb today announced on his Major Nelson blog the arrival of new Xbox Live Marketplace offerings for each Xbox 360 game.

New content for THQ's Tetris Evolution includes three background sets for 100 Microsoft points ($1.25) each and four new skins for 80 Microsoft points ($1). The background sets include video and pictures that can be displayed under the main Tetris playfield in the game, while the skins offer a visual overhaul for the playfield foreground.

For the Irrational Games shooter BioShock, the Xbox Live Marketplace is now offering a pair of picture packs and a theme. One picture pack contains images of the game's characters, while the other centers upon the game's environment and character designs. The theme is available for 150 Microsoft points ($1.87), while the picture packs are each 80 Microsoft points ($1).

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Ghost_Warrior
Ghost_Warrior

Why would I spend 150 ms points on a theme when I could spend that on an Oblivion download? All themes and gamerpics should be free.

jimmypop_04
jimmypop_04

Bioshock isn't even out yet and they are already putting up DLC. Talk about useless hype.

lozkoz00
lozkoz00

Just DON"T Purchase any DLC, and stop posting here is point less !! Go play PC games or PS3 ......or whatever platform you like!

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Personally I'm nt gonna pay for the gamer pics. There are tons of free gamer pics that pretty nice too.

TTDog
TTDog

If people like a game enough they will buy the pics and themes, the same way people buy action figures and spin off books for certain games, its a personal choice. If you think they're over priced don't buy them.

killeer2007
killeer2007

I can't believe people are willing to pay for this crap (actually I can) but still when I see them charging money for skins/backgrounds I think to myself who is in their right mind would pay for this.

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

@ hepcat00 and Kieran_Y... People spend without consequence. I love XBL, but the microtransactions are the worst part about it. I've got money sitting there which I expected to spend, but haven't really found any content I'm willing to pay for. It's all way over priced. I want the GHII songs, but there's NO WAY I'm paying for them at their current prices. Over $6 for 3 songs. It's insanity!!!

hepcat00
hepcat00

Thank you Kieran_Y (which also applies to and explains why we now pay $60 for videogames)!!! lame.....why do you want to waste money to personalize your menu screens?? play a game, don't interior decorate your console...you really think your friends care about how your 360 menu looks?? decorate your bedrooms or console itself with pictures/posters...this is why we're getting screwed with microtransactions.

Marsz85
Marsz85

you all argue and try to compare ps3 and 360 when the only one that has been around before them all is the pc. there's a gazillion varitions of tetris there for FREE and yet you all fall into the console hype where they squeeze money out of you little by little. They need to bring back some real support back to the orgins, after all the pc is way better than any console anytime of the week. did you think gears of war was created on the 360 or MGS4 on the ps3, no, the pc is where it all is baby.

bosslit
bosslit

nothing in life is free so why are u crying and why are (ps2 1/2) fan boys comeing and reading up on the 360 let me guess your ps2 wont boot up ha thats ok I know you mad at the fact that ps online in going to crash and burn there wont be a ps4 if soney keeps that up whey do yo think all your ps3 excusive games are hiting 360 cuz we got money in the bank shorty what you want to drink NonTelegraficMovement ....look it up

Kieran_Y
Kieran_Y

When will people EVER begin to UNDERSTAND. The CONSUMER CONTROLS the price. The prices are as is because CONSUMERS PAY for it at THAT PRICE. If people stopped purchasing at this price, the cost would DEFINITELY be lowered.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

It'd be cool if they did a little more than just pictures...

ScottyT
ScottyT

OH MY NOOOOOOZE! microsoft wants to make money. Oh come on stop complaing and get with it, that has been microsofts plan sense the late 80's Your acting like Microsoft demanding outragous prices is something new. I dont hear you complaing about something important.. price of gas.. nope your gona **** about the price of game DLC... yeah get a life.

ldonyo
ldonyo

It's really very simple. If you think this or any other content on Xbox Live Marketplace is a rip-off, then don't buy it. Whining here is pointless.

MrQuaker
MrQuaker

Come on guys just don't buy a damn gamer pic and play instead of coming here and show your angriness; and with a vision cam you can create your own gamer pic. And bioshock looks awesome, just saw the newest trailer

RoC1909
RoC1909

@EternalDove But the facts are is that Microsoft is "nickle and diming" everyone in regards to anything that is placed on XBL. The people here are complaining about the the stuff that should be free. Do you remember Epic giving away map pack(s) for Unreal Tournament(s)? Why the hell does Microsoft and it's developers not say "Boy, these people have to pay to play games on line (which is absolutely LAME. You should still be able to play the games online and not have to use their service if you want to.) why don't we give them some freebies as a way of saying thanks for being loyal. " HA!!! You will NEVER see that from Microsoft. Let's charge $1.87 for a few screenies and a icon or two. Which leads to my second complaint. Where in the "F" does Microsoft come up with the pricing structure??? Jeez! Do Microsoft points fluctuate as normal currency does. Is it based on the Yen? The Euro? The US Dollar? They are a US company so how about charging US dollars instead of making a person buy these stupid points that for the most part, a person will have some left over and since they couldn't BUY just the amount needed for the transaction, you have leftovers that you cannot use due to the cost of everything being as high as it is HENCE, you need to purchase more 'points' to get rid of the points you have. What a joke! I will say that everything that I have mentioned has been written about elsewhere and since I don't own a 360 (PS3 here), things might have changed but I really doubt it.

KingMyro
KingMyro

Oh and by the way, do you know why you cant just pick your OWN gamer pic? You know, upload whatever pic you want (like you can for your background image, or "theme") Because that way they cant CHARGE you for new ones. Its as simple as that. They already planned how they were going to try and nickel and dime people way back in the design stage. Dont get me wrong, I am NO xbox hater (I LOVE my 360) but this microtransaction bs just really irritates me. I have NO problem paying for something worthwhile, but rarely do we get it. Instead we get horse armor, 2 dollar songs, and "gamer pics". And NOTHING is ever priced reasonably. Episodes of Red vs Blue for instance (episodes you can get for FREE on thier site by the way) are what 3, 4 dollars? 12 year old arcade games are like 15. I am afraid if anything worthwhile ever did come along it would cost too much anyway. At least demos are free......for now.

KingMyro
KingMyro

We "support" them by buying the game. Charging us for tiny little picture packs reeks. Go ahead, let them Microtransaction you to death, The phrase about a fool and his money is very fitting. But by doing it you are making it profitible for them. You are CONDONING it. If they get enough suckers like you (and apparently you are very plentiful) with more money than brains then they consider it a success. Dont start whining when the next wave comes. Half finished games. "Just 5 dollars more gets you the COMPLETE roster", "play the last level for only 10 dollars more"...etc.

EternalDove
EternalDove

I don't see why you kids keep complaining about the pricings. If I was remotely interested in a theme for BioShock, then I'd buy it, for one reason: That reason is, it supports the company making the game you kids are obviously obssessing about! Go figure! Stop complaining, if you don't like it, then don't buy it! Kay!

Sandlynx9
Sandlynx9

@ jop360 Hopefully they don't go the Battlefield "booster" pack route (which is already being seen in some cases... Where they release new maps + games modes for games but then charge for them. This alienates a lot of gamers who don't WANT to buy it, but if everyone else does it severely limits the pool of people that you can play with. In this sense then, such an upgrade is not optional.

jop360
jop360

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LoneSierra
LoneSierra

I'll never be caught dead paying money for picture or theme packs. I mean, if you want them that's cool but.....I think it's a horrible waste of money. If they ever have free pic pacs, I get them. I'll never pay for something like that.

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

This is sad--brilliant but sad. Let's say that 1mil people buy both the theme and picture pack for Bioshock--that is almost $3mil right there! That lowers their development costs

WIIArEOnE
WIIArEOnE

Big words ghadz coming from a person who gave far cry vengence a 10 hm....

ghadz
ghadz

This is just another example of why Xbox live sucks. It's not only ruining the PC gaming industry, it's ruining the industry as aw hole for the consumers. Watered down simplified games, micro transaction BS like this.... Like the person before me said, Vote with your wallet, that means SCREW xbox live and get a PC, DIY or DIE.

Quiiick
Quiiick

Don't let these morons make you pay for items which should be free in the first place! Vote with your wallet !!!

Selfdestruct9
Selfdestruct9

Picture packs are really a rip off, WOW a dollar for a TINY jpeg picture that can be downloaded online without any cost! BRILLIANT! We need to petition against this type of blasphemy, no seriously, we do.

koHd
koHd

I agree KingMyro. There needs to be a campaign against these ridiculous charges for such minor items.

KingMyro
KingMyro

Yeah, I think its a load of crap that they charge for these minor litte trinkets. In fact, with regards to things like the Bioshock "themes and picture packs" they should absolutely be free. I mean what they amount to is free advertising. They fact that they charge you to buy thier advertising is ridiculous. However the fact that people buy them (and people ARE buying them, or they wouldnt be doing it) shows that although BS it IS brilliant marketing. I mean if I could not only sell an item, but get people to PAY for me to advertise it as well then hell yes I would. I have NEVER bought any of this rubbish. I dont pay 2 dollars a song for Guitar Hero 2 songs. I dont buy episodes of the Daily Show off xboxlive when I already get it on cable. I dont buy movies off xbox live (netflix is cheaper overall), I dont pay for stupid "gamer pics" (we sould be able to put whatever ones we want on)...etc. I suggest if you think the way things are rund are BS as well you do the same. Vote with your wallet. Unless of course you want to someday have to pay a dollar to get the ball inflated in madden, or 25 cents for rocket launcher ammo in Halo 3.

TehPickle
TehPickle

What a load of tosh! Vote with your wallets people!!

jeembomb
jeembomb

it's so stupid that they charge money to buy a BACKGROUND or a THEME.. ridiculous

mr_killer_man
mr_killer_man

Xbox live charges points for money so how do you get the points? Playing games or competing in on-line contest or buying them?

Sonicwizard
Sonicwizard

lol, Picture Pack? LOL. Can we call the Xbox360 the "Micro-transaction Box $6.25"

mercenar3
mercenar3

man too bad there won't be a bioshock demo, oh well at least the game will be great.

sancezz
sancezz

Pffft...release a demo then tell me something's on Marketplace. I want a BioShock demo!!

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

Why waste your time complaining or whinning about DLC? If you want it download it. If its a waste of money then don't.. People grow up... Its about games & options,

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

for $1.25 I'll go buy myself a Dutchmaster and have a real good time!!

metalmulisha808
metalmulisha808

pics and themes should be cheaper or free... and dlc too.

GoreObsessed
GoreObsessed

I'm interested in the Bioshock theme.. If anyone has it let me know if its worth a purchase. :)

udavcak
udavcak

Xbox Live Sucks....Everything they have needs to be paid for!!!!

lithus
lithus

I don't want some lousy picture packs, I want a demo. Besides, why is it that Epic Games is the only studio giving away DC for free?