Promo Offers 300 Free Microsoft Points for Using Your Xbox 360

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Promo Offers 300 Free Microsoft Points for Using Your Xbox 360

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Microsoft's official "Triple Play" initiative will reward gamers who explore its console's lesser-used functions in April.

A new Xbox promotion is promising players 300 free Microsoft Points to "game," "be entertained," and "be social." To cash in, gamers will need to do one activity associated with each of these categories during the month of April, ranging from spending some previously held points on virtual swag to spending a few hours of free time on an Xbox App.

Here are the three "plays" from the promotion.

Game On (choose one):
Play a Kinect game for two hours
Play online via Xbox Live for 10 hours
Spend 800 Points or more on game-related items (Games on Demand, DLC, XBLA, etc.)

Be Entertained (choose one):
Spend 400 Points or more on any film or TV content
Use one of the following apps for 10 hours: BBC iPlayer, blinkbox, Crackle, Last.FM, LOVEFiLM, MUZU, Netflix, Sky, VEVO or Zune

Be Social (choose one):
Use Facebook on Xbox Live for one hour
Use YouTube on Xbox Live for one hour
Use Video Kinect on Xbox Live for one hour

The program has launched as part of Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards Program, which gives gamers free points for doing things like signing up for Netflix or giving the development team your feedback. If you haven't joined, it's free, and you can get started on Microsoft's website. The sign up process usually takes about three days though, so plan accordingly if you want to finish earning your 300 points by month's end.

There are some fun combinations out there to help earn you the points but, personally, I would reccomnded the following path for maximum awesomeness: First, purchase four sets of Horse Armor DLC for Oblivion. Next, watch Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 on Netflix twice. Then, conclude your day with a hour of this on the YouTube.

Or, I guess you could just buy 400 MS Points yourself for $5.00. Up to you.

Source: Xbox.com

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"Use YouTube on Xbox Live for one hour"

A CHALLENGE TO THE INTERNET: Use this for a one hour Nyan Cat marathon.

Play a Kinect game for two hours?
Maybe its time I broke out Child of Eden again ....

Sis:
"Use YouTube on Xbox Live for one hour"

A CHALLENGE TO THE INTERNET: Use this for a one hour Nyan Cat marathon.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

I could accidentally get this just for doing my normal weekly schedule.

Sis:
"Use YouTube on Xbox Live for one hour"

A CHALLENGE TO THE INTERNET: Use this for a one hour Nyan Cat marathon.

Easily done =P It isn't actually all that bad.

In fact since I probably do the other two "plays" anyway (10 hours online on Xbox Live" and 10 hours of following apps - I do tend to use iPlayer a lot), I make the Nyan Cat one my final one when I'm not particularly doing anything just to get 300 free Microsoft points

So I have to spend at least 1200 MP? No thanks.

Sis:
"Use YouTube on Xbox Live for one hour"

A CHALLENGE TO THE INTERNET: Use this for a one hour Nyan Cat marathon.

I was going to just watch a Plinkett review but now that you mention it...

internetzealot1:
So I have to spend at least 1200 MP? No thanks.

No, you CAN spend MP to get the bonus. You don't have to. It's one of the choices. Read through the list again and take note of the (choose one) bit above each category.

So I use Youtube for a while on my XBox and go back to doing it on my PC.

Then I use Netflix on my Xbox for a while and go back to my PS3.

300 points isn't much, but considering it's for crap I already do...

Wow. Really simple. Just put the Youtube app open for an hour and get 300 MS points. Sweet.

I'll do this if you answer one question WHAT THE FUCK CAN I DO WITH ONLY 300 POINTS?!

EDIT: I don't want to hear anything about there being multiple options.

Mike Kayatta:
Game On (choose one):
* Play a Kinect game for two hours

Don't own a Kinect; not going to buy one.

* Play online via Xbox Live for 10 hours

And accept that revised subscriber agreement that forces me into binding arbitration? Very amusing.

Be Entertained (choose one):
* Spend 400 Points or more on any film or TV content

No.

* Use one of the following apps for 10 hours: BBC iPlayer, blinkbox, Crackle, Last.FM, LOVEFiLM, MUZU, Netflix, Sky, VEVO or Zune

Maybe, no, no, maybe, no, who?, no, no, hell no, and BWAH-HA-HA-HA!

I already have Netflix on my TiVo; Microsoft does not need to know what I'm watching.

Be Social (choose one):
* Use Facebook on Xbox Live for one hour

http://www.cultofmac.com/157641/this-creepy-app-isnt-just-stalking-women-without-their-knowledge-its-a-wake-up-call-about-facebook-privacy/

You would have to be an abject idiot to run Facebook on anything other than a severely locked-down browser running inside a VM with no personal information in it.

* Use YouTube on Xbox Live for one hour

Already have it on my TiVo and PC; Microsoft doesn't need to know what I'm watching. (Although I love the Nyan-Cat idea earlier.)

* Use Video Kinect on Xbox Live for one hour

See previous response on Kinect.

Easy.

Ten hours playing on xbl is a given, I use Last.fm to go to sleep and it ends up staying on the whole night anyways, and I can just have youtube on while I do something else.

Free money, AWAY! *zooms off*

Is this a joke? When was this announced?

If not, it's a sweet deal considering you don't actually have to pay for anything other than gold membership, which most Xbox users do anyway.

10 hours of multiplayer? Easy enough.
Use Last.FM for 10 hours? Leave it on while I sleep instead of Spotify or iTunes.
Use Youtube for 1 hour? Pretty much do that every day anyway, just have to do it on Xbox rather than PC.

I'm just going to assume these features aren't being used as much as Microsoft wants them to be. Can any of these be done without Xbox Live Gold by the way? I'd rather take the 400msp for $5 route since I haven't used Gold since 2010 or so.

Wait.. is that 10 hours of netflix whatever in one sitting? Because.. hoo.. I ain't young like I useta be.

I can do the 10 hours of XBL or one hour of youtube. can i connect my youtube account to my XBL account?

ForgottenPr0digy:
I can do the 10 hours of XBL or one hour of youtube. can i connect my youtube account to my XBL account?

Yep. There should be an option to log in when you start up the app on the xbox. You'll just have to do a verification check on your computer if I'm remembering correctly.

I'm on vacation this week so I'll probably get this done in no time. Free points are free points. Who needs to go outdoors? Bah.

I don't think I can do any of those things without already paying something so...no?

Encouraging people to sit on there asses for 10 hours straight for 300 MS points. Totally worth it /Sarcasm. Or spend money for free points, that doesn't even make sense.

I did buy some microsoft points for some FFXIII-2 DLC and Resident Evil 4 HD (which I have not bought yet) and I suppose if I spend 800 points to get 300 points I'll be saving a few points.

BTW will Resident Evil 4 work on an arcade console? Normal Xbox games don't work and I don't want to waste money (damn you No Refunds Policy!)

Yeah had to check the date of this article. Was seriously thinking it was an april fools joke considering how incredibly stingy MS is about giving up money, even if its their own proprietary funny money that has no actual intrinsic value.

So, yeah, I could see turning on a kinect game and letting it run while I switch my tvs channel back to a different HDMI port, Could handle doing the Nyan cat thing the same way. Ehh, easy way to make the rough equivilent to $ 3.60

Crap. This would be easy if HBO GO was an option. I just bought an arcade game today and use YouTube a bunch. I guess I'll run LastFM a few times while I work on stuff.

I hope it's not in a row. I mean, I love playing Reach but I'll probably burn my eyes out. Having said that, I would have finally reached Lt.Colonel!

Spend 13 hours minimum to get 300 Points (like $4). No fuckin way.

Crono1973:
Spend 13 hours minimum to get 300 Points (like $4). No fuckin way.

$4 for doing things I already do? Sounds pretty great to me.

Zen Toombs:

Crono1973:
Spend 13 hours minimum to get 300 Points (like $4). No fuckin way.

$4 for doing things I already do? Sounds pretty great to me.

Sure if you already do them but I'll bet you don't watch a clock while you do them.

Crono1973:

Zen Toombs:

Crono1973:
Spend 13 hours minimum to get 300 Points (like $4). No fuckin way.

$4 for doing things I already do? Sounds pretty great to me.

Sure if you already do them but I'll bet you don't watch a clock while you do them.

The thing lasts all month. All I'll need to do extra is play a looped youtube video for an hour, which can easily run in the background while I work.

I get it not being so for everyone, but for me it's basically free money.

I am never going to do any of those things with my xbox.

This probably won't work retrospective, does it?
I've spend several Euro's in the Xboxmarket, watched several movies on Zune and spend at least several hours in total on youtube.

But alas..

Well I recently bought Alan Wake and was planning on picking up the DLC anyway, I can just stick one of those 10 hour videos on YouTube while I do coursework or something.

And if I leave Last.FM on while I go out I'll have 10 hours in no time :3

Easy 300 points, Xbox Rewards is great... I remember when they overpaid me by about triple what I was meant to get.

That was a great weekend.

I dont even own an xbox anymore but this is a really cool idea. Offering people incentives to try out other services on the xbox is exactly what they need. You average person will already be getting one or two of those done without trying in a month which makes it even better.

I love free stuff.

Stormz:
Encouraging people to sit on there asses for 10 hours straight for 300 MS points. Totally worth it /Sarcasm. Or spend money for free points, that doesn't even make sense.

Yeah spending money to get extras free makes no sense whatsoever. That's why things like 3 for the price of two have never taken off.

can you do this more than one time? Or will MS do this every month because that would be awesome?

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