Microsoft to Phase out MS Points by Year’s End? (RUMOR)

Don’t you love how companies trick you into buying their Monopoly money? I mean, what’s not to love? It’s like regular money, but you can only use it to buy their products!

Well, Microsoft will allegedly be coming to its senses and phasing out its proprietary virtual currency, Microsoft Points, by the year’s end. This is according to “a source with knowledge of the company‚Äôs decision,” which does admittedly seem like sketchy evidence, but we at least hope this rumor is true.

When asked about the issue, a Microsoft spokesperson replied with the standard boilerplate: “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

Xbox Live already uses an amalgam of real money and MS points, with full releases priced in dollars and DLC priced in MS points. With every major publisher seemingly coming out with its own form of proprietary currency, the consumer is left with pointless calculations to make to figure out how much real money they’re spending.

Allow me to close with the following exchange from The Office:

Dwight: What’s the ratio of Stanley Nickels to Schrute Bucks?
Stanley: The same as the ratio of unicorns to leprechauns.

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