Finally, Your XBL Gamerscore Means Something
If you have an Xbox 360, then for years you’ve been accumulating this thing called a gamerscore that measures… stuff? I kid of course, it measures play time, achievements earned and so forth. But what’s the point? A big fat nothing, as the score gets you little more proof of how much time you waste gaming. Until today, anyway. Finally, Microsoft has decided to make those scores more than just a death clock and have announced that now, they come with bonuses, and profile achievements.
If you have a score between 3,000 and 9,999, you get “a special gift” the month of your birthday. If you have a score between 10,000 and 24,999, you get the ‘special gift’, as well as a 1% Rebate on your XBL marketplace purchases every month. Finally, if you have a score of 25,000 and up, you get the birthday thing plus a 2% Rebate. So all in all, it isn’t spectacular, but it’s something. Of course, this being Microsoft it isn’t automatically applied to your account. In order to start taking advantage of the bonuses, you have to first join Xbox LIVE Rewards (it goes without saying you need a gold membership too.)
Granted, you could just do the smart thing and switch to PC gaming as your default. Then you get a bonus every month, the bonus of a custom gaming platform that won’t block you from online play if you don’t feel like paying for ‘you live’.