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Happy Birthday! Having fun? Well, Microsoft has a "sweet surprise" for you!

Microsoft is gifting 20 Microsoft Points to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on their birthday.

That's 17p worth of points. Don't spend it all at once.

"Congratulations! This month you'll be a year wiser," reads an email sent to subscribers on their birthday. "But what's a birthday without a sweet surprise? Try this: Enjoy 20 Microsoft Points as our gift to you.

"Use it toward anything you wish in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Your birthday Microsoft Points will be automatically deposited into your Xbox LIVE account by the 15th of the month."

The "sweet" birthday gift forms a part of Microsoft's new MyAchievements initiative, which rewards players with bonus discounts on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for unlocking achievements.

Only those who have earned a minimum of 3,000 Gamerscore qualify for the free points.

Microsoft had previously warned that its birthday gift would only hold a 15p value. Many had assumed, however, that it would an exclusive birthday-themed item for their avatar, rather than a paltry sum of MSP.

So what can you buy with 20 Microsoft Points? Well, not a lot, unless you want to buy a new gamerpic for your profile. Barely anything on Xbox LIVE Marketplace is priced below 80 Microsoft Points.

Still, at least that discount will net you an extra 2% off whatever you do decide to buy, right?

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rbevanx@ Woffls

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If Microsoft are offering such an "unfair" service, why has nobody bettered it in the last decade? Why do you keep paying a subscription fee?
One thing for me and thats co-op, friends being on there and party chat personally. But when I renewed I wasn't given any warning that I would lose features and the service would be making cuts while adverts are shoved on my dashboard. I even deactivated the cloud saving to try and save it booting up and wasting more of my time but still takes ages compared to before.


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If you want someone to blame for the Xbox Live environment, it's Sony, Nintendo, Valve and everyone else for not offering a good alternative.

Well if it's online gaming yes I agree but everything else is a very firm no from me. PSN+ cloud saving and updates while I'm away at work are far better. The games as well in terms of discounts and the free game part of the service are also really good.
Steam also offer far better sales and free weekends to some top games as well as similar features to MS's LIVE.



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Honestly, it's like complaining that Starbucks employees are annoying then still continuing to go there every single day for coffee because Nero's isn't as good.

Is it? How?

Because I bought a 360 with arcade games etc and in the last months now they are placing ads and making my console run slower which I didn't agree to when buying the console, with their idea of giving me 20 msp as something I should be gratefull for?

With starbucks which you state as an example I make no long term comitments to and go in and out as I please. It's the last couple of months placing adverts that the service is no where near as good as it its, sign in problems, inside xbox going, a dashboard which is worse than before which only benefits MS and ads slowing everything down.

I would really like to know where your Starbucks and Live comparison came from :)

@Neon
Spot on fella, very much my feeling as well.
Posted 17:39 on 05 October 2012
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Neon-Soldier32@ Woffls

I think it's one of those, I dislike it, but I'll get on with it anyway - like doing languages in school. People's friends are on XBL and so they are going to be on XBL. It's unlikely that their friends will have Steam, PS3 and 360 and so most will just use 360 and so when it comes to BlOps 2 or whatever, that's what it is played on.

This continues and gains momentum so then all your games and gamerscore are on 360 and so why would you change now?

I don't think XBL is a fantastic service at all. I think it's alright, not a revolutionary way to play online or anything like that. Just because other online services aren't as good (all 3 of them) it doesn't mean that XBL's mediocrity should be seen as something good.

No one's bested it because: It's expensive, especially when you have a working system in place. Sony must have spent a fortune on upgrading their security in 2011, so I cannot imagine that they would want to re do their entire infrastructure.

Plus, if there will be a new service, then it will roll out with the new consoles. With regards to paying the subscription fee, for me it's easier to pay £30 once for 12-14 months of XBL (which I I use for about 20 times in total it has to be said) than to buy 1 month codes whenever I want to play. As well as it being significantly cheaper - especially as PaB have posted 12 months for £25 recently.
Posted 16:28 on 05 October 2012
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Woffls@ rbevanx

If Microsoft are offering such an "unfair" service, why has nobody bettered it in the last decade? Why do you keep paying a subscription fee?

If you want someone to blame for the Xbox Live environment, it's Sony, Nintendo, Valve and everyone else for not offering a good alternative.

Honestly, it's like complaining that Starbucks employees are annoying then still continuing to go there every single day for coffee because Nero's isn't as good.
Posted 15:54 on 05 October 2012
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MJTH

So Microsoft is the cheap-skate of the videogame world. Has the money for a lake side mansion and a posh sports car, but gives you socks Christmas....
Posted 15:49 on 05 October 2012
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Gavman97

:/ my birthday is the 16th. My luck....
Posted 15:32 on 05 October 2012
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rbevanx@ Woffls

Well if you don't mind Alan's Wake Nightmare being 3 quid on steam at one point and 6 odd quid on 360 when it's a MS game then fine.

Also the fact MS offered silver members at one point fable 3 and Halo Reach plus Gunslinger I believe with 6 months live for 28ish quid...why don't loyal members who pay good money for items get anything like this, if anything it puts people off buying a year service and just go for the 1 month offers etc.

I also find it unfair that I pay a subscription when there are ads, the ads alone could pay for the service which was recently proved.

If they are gonna do offers then they should be worth peoples time, this isn't and is insulting.

MS make money out of me by me just switching on my console, slowing my game time and wasting my time while they make money to terms which I originally didn't agree to when buying the console and have .
Posted 14:32 on 05 October 2012
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BC_Animus

I know it's a freebie, but still... Seriously?
Posted 13:08 on 05 October 2012
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BC_Animus

Are they taking the Mickey?
Posted 13:07 on 05 October 2012
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Clockpunk

To be fair, there have been a few times when 20 msp would have saved me from buying a block of 400.

The melodrama surrounding this furor is delicious! :D It is strange that they opted to not just give an avatar award away, though...
Posted 12:46 on 05 October 2012
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Woffls

This is outrageous. I deserve more free stuff for doing nothing.
Posted 12:14 on 05 October 2012
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rbevanx

17p...Not even funny, just insulting if anything.

And this is why I'm looking more to PC and PS3 gaming, great way of getting people away from their next console which is just around the corner.
Posted 11:12 on 05 October 2012
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TOMBOY25

lol you cant play online on their console without a £40 a year sub and as a birthday present they give you 20msp this is why i hate microsoft
Posted 09:54 on 05 October 2012