OMG! It cost more money to change your Gamertag than the actual Monthly LIVE FEE

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#1 Posted by ChristopherM80 (391 posts) -

I dont care how hardcore of a 360 fan you are, you can sit there and say that xbox live is worth the monthly fee because of all the content, demos and community yada yada yada. But answer me this.. How can you justify MS charging you money SEPERATE from the Xbox live fee just to change your gamertag. It cost 800 gamerpoints to change your gamertag, thats a little over $8.00!! If you paid for xbox live monthly its only $7.99!! That is just plain ridicoulous that you have to pay to play online and on top of that you have to pay seperate to change your gamertag!!

OMG! Im not talking about $0.50 or $1.00 its over $8.00 to do so!! I mean seriously, the 360 has some great games but man xbox live is one of the biggest rip offs! So please, give me a reasonable answer as to how thats ok for MS charging that much just to change gamertags. I can sit there and make new PSN IDs all day long for free of charge!

#2 Posted by Dilrod (4239 posts) -
I concur.
#3 Posted by -Tretiak (2416 posts) -

It cost 800 gamerpoints to change your gamertag, thats a little over $8.00!!

ChristopherM80

:lol::lol: Oh noes!!1

#4 Posted by Douja555 (651 posts) -

Heres one,

Don't change your Gamer Tag.

#5 Posted by PBSnipes (14621 posts) -
Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.
#6 Posted by -DreamTheater- (785 posts) -
[QUOTE="ChristopherM80"]

It cost 800 gamerpoints to change your gamertag, thats a little over $8.00!!

-Tretiak

:lol::lol: Oh noes!!1

Bad response, you are basically telling MS that you are fine with useless fees.

#7 Posted by ChristopherM80 (391 posts) -
Im actually being serious when asking this, but why on earth does MS charge to change your gamertag. I mean i could ALMOST see the point if you could create a whole new profile BUT NO, you cant! the only thing you can change is the name of your gamertag! With the PS3 i can sit there and create PSN IDs all day long at no charge whatsoever, and PLUS I DONT EVEN PAY FOR ONLINE
#8 Posted by TheGTAvaccine (3591 posts) -
So jerks dont sit there all day changing gamertags so they can mess with people and then dodge the bad feedback. It's also so you dont confuse the hell out of your xbox live friends list. If people were changing GT's every second, it would be a chaotic mess.
#9 Posted by ChristopherM80 (391 posts) -

Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.PBSnipes

Thats the stupidist thing ive ever heard in my life. I mean lol seroiusly dude, whats the big deal about changing your gamertag. I could see the point if people did it so they can start over on stats on a game or something, but come on man we pay for xbox live, we should have a right to change the name of our gamertag at no extra costs for cryin out loud

#10 Posted by ChristopherM80 (391 posts) -

So jerks dont sit there all day changing gamertags so they can mess with people and then dodge the bad feedback. It's also so you dont confuse the hell out of your xbox live friends list. If people were changing GT's every second, it would be a chaotic mess.TheGTAvaccine

still no excuse, when i paid for AOL back in the day, i would create a new screenname and let my "Buddies" know my new screenname and add them

#11 Posted by Douja555 (651 posts) -

Im actually being serious when asking this, but why on earth does MS charge to change your gamertag. I mean i could ALMOST see the point if you could create a whole new profile BUT NO, you cant! the only thing you can change is the name of your gamertag! With the PS3 i can sit there and create PSN IDs all day long at no charge whatsoever, and PLUS I DONT EVEN PAY FOR ONLINEChristopherM80

I got 35 friends on my list,

imagine it was free and having everyone change thier gamer tag 20 times a day, because they think LOLBRITNEYISUGLY, is funny.

it'll be totaly kaos trying to keep up with whos, whos.

lil things like this make a world of a difference.

#12 Posted by TheGTAvaccine (3591 posts) -

Im actually being serious when asking this, but why on earth does MS charge to change your gamertag. I mean i could ALMOST see the point if you could create a whole new profile BUT NO, you cant! the only thing you can change is the name of your gamertag! With the PS3 i can sit there and create PSN IDs all day long at no charge whatsoever, and PLUS I DONT EVEN PAY FOR ONLINEChristopherM80

Dude, dont make posts like that, it discredits everything you say. You made a legitimate topic of discussion, but adding in the fact that PSN doesnt cost anything is unnecessary.

#13 Posted by dlp21 (2116 posts) -
I really don't think people change their tags all that often. I mean I am DLP21 or DLP211 at almost every website I subscribe to. This is just stupid.
#14 Posted by Grive (2971 posts) -

Erm, you can create new XBL gamertags for free. You even get free XBL time for doing so.

As for the reason why you can't change it for free - it's basically so you're not ID hopping all the time. It's a discouraging measure - they're not doing so to get a lot of cash, they're doing it so you don't change your gamertag.

If this is a valid concern on MS' part. I don't know. I don't care - I find no reason to change my good ol' gamercard unless I did something stupid like putting a lame, sophomorically "funny" tag or putting my (now ex-) girlfriend's name in there too.

#15 Posted by Dilrod (4239 posts) -

So jerks dont sit there all day changing gamertags so they can mess with people and then dodge the bad feedback. It's also so you dont confuse the hell out of your xbox live friends list. If people were changing GT's every second, it would be a chaotic mess.TheGTAvaccine

Still could be a $1 or something. $8 is ridiculous.

#16 Posted by Grive (2971 posts) -

[QUOTE="TheGTAvaccine"]So jerks dont sit there all day changing gamertags so they can mess with people and then dodge the bad feedback. It's also so you dont confuse the hell out of your xbox live friends list. If people were changing GT's every second, it would be a chaotic mess.Dilrod

Still could be a $1 or something. $8 is ridiculous.

It's $10, by the way. 100 msp are $1.25 USD.

#17 Posted by Dreams-Visions (26569 posts) -

Heres one,

Don't change your Gamer Tag.

Douja555

dot

seriuosly, pick a name that MEANS SOMETHING...and stick with it. I've changed mine once in 5 years. ONCE.

#18 Posted by murat8 (10336 posts) -
Wait why dose it cost money thats stupid it should be free
#19 Posted by PBSnipes (14621 posts) -

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.ChristopherM80

Thats the stupidist thing ive ever heard in my life. I mean lol seroiusly dude, whats the big deal about changing your gamertag. I could see the point if people did it so they can start over on stats on a game or something, but come on man we pay for xbox live, we should have a right to change the name of our gamertag at no extra costs for cryin out loud

Really? The stupidest? I assume you must know exactly how MS runs XBL then. How their servers are set up, how much they cost, how much maintinence they do and how many support staff they have hired? Can you explain it to me so I can make smarter posts next time? KTHXBYE.
#20 Posted by Dreams-Visions (26569 posts) -

Wait why dose it cost money thats stupid it should be freemurat8

nah. it's about identity. pick one and live with it. free GT changes would mean people constantly switching their GT...which would degrade the community aspect of live. You start changing names constantly and people forget who you are and community is lost.

I like it just like it is.

#21 Posted by Zhengi (8479 posts) -

Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.PBSnipes

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

#22 Posted by krp008 (4341 posts) -

Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.PBSnipes

Exactly. MS addressed this when they first put it in. They dont want people to change their tags, yet still give the option with a cost. Ive changed mine 3-4 times so far. Live isnt cheap and pointless like PSN. MS actaully has reasons for their doings

#23 Posted by 3picuri3 (9618 posts) -
learn to pick the name you like :P
#24 Posted by ArisShadows (22615 posts) -

Why would I want to change the awesomeness of Aris Shadows.

Anyways its discourage changes, because if it was free or so, that would be hectic.

#25 Posted by PBSnipes (14621 posts) -

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.Zhengi

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

I assume you weren't here when GS allowed name changes. Back in the day GS allowed users to change their names but removed it because it became so hectic. Imagine how crazy it would get with the millions of XBL users?
#26 Posted by ArisShadows (22615 posts) -

[QUOTE="Zhengi"]

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.PBSnipes

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

I assume you weren't here when GS allowed name changes. Back in the day GS allowed users to change their names but removed it because it became so hectic. Imagine how crazy it would get with the millions of XBL users?

Heck, its hard enough keeping with it now.. People constantly change their name on my list..

Its like who theef'n is Mad King Plower 5000 Steak Sauce..

#27 Posted by htekemerald (7325 posts) -
World Of Warcraft costs 20 bucks a month and 25 bucks to change your name go whine about that for awhile.
#28 Posted by Zhengi (8479 posts) -
[QUOTE="Zhengi"]

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.PBSnipes

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

I assume you weren't here when GS allowed name changes. Back in the day GS allowed users to change their names but removed it because it became so hectic. Imagine how crazy it would get with the millions of XBL users?

So now you're comparing a video game system to a forum? It's not unusual to see that here especially with all the ban dodgers. As for the millions of XBL users, it's not like all of them will change their gamertags at once. So therefore, you're using a slippery slope that predicts everything going to crap if one little thing is allowed.

#29 Posted by Deihmos (7819 posts) -
Just sign up for a new accoun tthen cancel the old one and get the partial credit if you really need to change the tag. It's really simple.
#30 Posted by PBSnipes (14621 posts) -
[QUOTE="PBSnipes"][QUOTE="Zhengi"]

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.Zhengi

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

I assume you weren't here when GS allowed name changes. Back in the day GS allowed users to change their names but removed it because it became so hectic. Imagine how crazy it would get with the millions of XBL users?

So now you're comparing a video game system to a forum? It's not unusual to see that here especially with all the ban dodgers. As for the millions of XBL users, it's not like all of them will change their gamertags at once. So therefore, you're using a slippery slope that predicts everything going to crap if one little thing is allowed.

Well if there wasn't any sort of logistical issue don't you think MS would charge less than $8? I mean if we're accepting that thousands of people are going to change their GT if it is free, I think it is reasonable that thousands would still change their GT on a fairly regular basis if it only cost, say 100MP to change your GT.

800 MP is far too much (at least IME) for most people to change their GT more than once or twice (if at all). But I guarentee you both myself and many peopel on my friend's list would have changed their GT multiple times if the cost was lower. The 800MP price-point was most likely to discourage changes rather than maximize profi.s

#31 Posted by Cornerstore (2137 posts) -
Xbox live monthly fee is 4.50 Btw
#32 Posted by saspool (128 posts) -

I dont care how hardcore of a 360 fan you are, you can sit there and say that xbox live is worth the monthly fee because of all the content, demos and community yada yada yada. But answer me this.. How can you justify MS charging you money SEPERATE from the Xbox live fee just to change your gamertag. It cost 800 gamerpoints to change your gamertag, thats a little over $8.00!! If you paid for xbox live monthly its only $7.99!! That is just plain ridicoulous that you have to pay to play online and on top of that you have to pay seperate to change your gamertag!!

OMG! Im not talking about $0.50 or $1.00 its over $8.00 to do so!! I mean seriously, the 360 has some great games but man xbox live is one of the biggest rip offs! So please, give me a reasonable answer as to how thats ok for MS charging that much just to change gamertags. I can sit there and make new PSN IDs all day long for free of charge!

ChristopherM80

I believe the reason is Microsoft wanted to prevent people from changing their gamer tag too often. In the computer world there is a thing called a database, gamer tags are stored in a database on Microsoft's server. Microsoft most definitely indexes these gamer tags, indexes speed up searches, however if the gamer tag changes all the time the database has to update the indexes, when this happens allot it slows down the database. For this reason I believe Microsoft was just preventing extra hardware cost and maintenance. They don't allow you to change your gamer tag for free because otherwise 5 and 10 year olds would constantly run around say stupid things and change their gamer tag.

#33 Posted by strahd01 (2418 posts) -

World Of Warcraft costs 20 bucks a month and 25 bucks to change your name go whine about that for awhile.htekemerald

Word. EQ did the same. Its like a tattoo or naming a kid. Just pick a good name.

#34 Posted by ICollegeStudent (655 posts) -
how bout, dont choose a crappy gamertag. Next time think your gamertag over before choosing it as your identity.
#35 Posted by ljlrj (14800 posts) -

I dont care how hardcore of a 360 fan you are, you can sit there and say that xbox live is worth the monthly fee because of all the content, demos and community yada yada yada. But answer me this.. How can you justify MS charging you money SEPERATE from the Xbox live fee just to change your gamertag. It cost 800 gamerpoints to change your gamertag, thats a little over $8.00!! If you paid for xbox live monthly its only $7.99!! That is just plain ridicoulous that you have to pay to play online and on top of that you have to pay seperate to change your gamertag!!

OMG! Im not talking about $0.50 or $1.00 its over $8.00 to do so!! I mean seriously, the 360 has some great games but man xbox live is one of the biggest rip offs! So please, give me a reasonable answer as to how thats ok for MS charging that much just to change gamertags. I can sit there and make new PSN IDs all day long for free of charge!

ChristopherM80

favorite part u actually do that all jokes a side i don't see much people changing there account name 8 dollars ever-time u must be kidding

#36 Posted by Arsenal325 (4899 posts) -
i liek how people act like its no big deal.. lol wtih ps3 i can have 16 different usernames.. FREEEE.. i dont have to pay 10 bucks just to change my name.. lol i have met ALOT of people on live who had mispelled their name, they asked how do they change it, i said it costs money and they FLIPPED.. it was funny.
#37 Posted by Sgt_Crow (4362 posts) -

^ I guess they are too young to spell correctly and to pay that 10 bucks, right?
Doesn't their mommy give them more allowance?

Seriously, what's the big deal about this.

#38 Posted by LinKuei_warrior (2671 posts) -
pardon my french..but why in hell would u pay 7.99/month when u could just buy 50$/13 months
#39 Posted by shuffleman102 (35 posts) -

I had 800 points and I changed my name without realizing it cost money. I changed it to a dumbass name when a bunch of friends were over and we were just messing around. Now I'm stuck with this g@y gamer tag because I don't want to spend 10 to change it back.

#40 Posted by shuffleman102 (35 posts) -
[QUOTE="Zhengi"]

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.PBSnipes

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

I assume you weren't here when GS allowed name changes. Back in the day GS allowed users to change their names but removed it because it became so hectic. Imagine how crazy it would get with the millions of XBL users?

I don't see why this even matters about gamespot. You can just create a whole new account instead of changing your name ,so it doesnt really matter if you cna change your name on here or not.

#41 Posted by LinKuei_warrior (2671 posts) -
[QUOTE="PBSnipes"][QUOTE="Zhengi"]

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.shuffleman102

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

I assume you weren't here when GS allowed name changes. Back in the day GS allowed users to change their names but removed it because it became so hectic. Imagine how crazy it would get with the millions of XBL users?

I don't see why this even matters about gamespot. You can just create a whole new account instead of changing your name ,so it doesnt really matter if you cna change your name on here or not.

still the point remains

#42 Posted by shuffleman102 (35 posts) -
To everyone saying that it would be chaotic if anyone could just change there gamertag at anytime, why doesn't PS3's online have major problems with this. They can just create new screen anmes to bug people.
#43 Posted by Shift05 (599 posts) -

To everyone saying that it would be chaotic if anyone could just change there gamertag at anytime, why doesn't PS3's online have major problems with this. They can just create new screen names to bug people.shuffleman102

PSN doesn't have a unified friends list like XBL. Gamer tags are alot more meaningfully than PSN user names.

#44 Posted by _koolgirl_ (713 posts) -

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"][QUOTE="Zhengi"]

[QUOTE="PBSnipes"]Its a logistical thing. Imagine if changing your gamertag was free? We would literally have thousands (if not millions) of people changing their GT on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. The price is to discourage people from changing their GT.ArisShadows

I like the slippery slope you just used. I mean, people don't have better things to do but to change their gamertags. Why even play the games for the system? Just spend the days/weeks/months/years changing their gamertags.

I assume you weren't here when GS allowed name changes. Back in the day GS allowed users to change their names but removed it because it became so hectic. Imagine how crazy it would get with the millions of XBL users?

Heck, its hard enough keeping with it now.. People constantly change their name on my list..

Its like who theef'n is Mad King Plower 5000 Steak Sauce..

Agreed, I HATE it when people change their names. Even more so if they don't bother to tell anybody. If you have a small list, it may not be a big deal, but when you have a full list, it's a real pain in the azz to try to figure out which of 100 people changed their name. I hate having to ask someone who they used to be. A gamertag is an identity, people know you by it just like they know you in real life by your real name.

Imagine if all your real life friends constantly changed their name.