Celebrate 10 Years of Xbox Live With Free Stuff

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Here! Have a free game! Just buy this Kinect and you can play it...

Yes, i'm willing to bet they did that on purpose.

Yopaz:

A Smooth Criminal:
Oh goody, they have a sale on about 7 or 8 games... They are so generous, I wonder why no other company does sales like these ever... *Cough* PS+, Steam*

No but seriously, Microsoft are so incredibly uptight about game sales it's unbelievable. And as Mr.K. pointed out, the free game is Kinect. The only ones who can benefit from this are people who buy Kinect. They are just shamelessly trying to add something to reasons for people to buy a Kinect.

I don't care if people see this as "OH MY GOD THEY'RE JUST DOING YOU A FAVOR AND DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR A CHANGE!" because the fact is that they have foul intentions behind this 'nice thing'.

Yeah, MicroSoft is having a 10 year anniversary and celebrates that with 7 games on sale. Steam is currently celebrating the weekly event called Weekend Sale and got 2 games on sale + daily deal.

Well at least for once their sales aren't exclusive to gold members. Now they are doing this to make money of course, but why is it a bad thing? Sales might just be to sell more copies of a game, but it's still good for the consumer. Cynicism and entitlement is really starting to annoy me.

It's a bad thing because of the spirit of it. The only free game they're giving away is for the kinect, they are just trying to boost the sales. And the only games which are on sale are indie games or dated games which they don't lose much revenue for, which gives them better PR as it says "OMG MICRO$OFT $ALE!"

Honestly, I'm happy with my free helmet and recognition from MS for being an XBLA member for 8 years. And then they're giving away a free game with sales on other games to boot? Great! Why does everyone have to **** all over them though?

Sure, Steam does more sales, blah, blah, blah, but Steam doesn't let me relax on my couch and play Halo 4 online with my buddies that I've been playing with since 2004. The whole reason I got XBLA was to play Halo 2 with my friends that did Halo:CE LAN parties, and I've never looked back since.

Yes, they charge for the service, and yes, they serve ads, but they've always delivered an excellent product worth the money to me. If you're not a fan of that, fine, go play Steam or PlayStation and stop thread-crapping every time MS does something nice for their supporters.

A Smooth Criminal:

It's a bad thing because of the spirit of it. The only free game they're giving away is for the kinect, they are just trying to boost the sales. And the only games which are on sale are indie games or dated games which they don't lose much revenue for, which gives them better PR as it says "OMG MICRO$OFT $ALE!"

So a company trying to give away something free in order to boost sales is bad? Is there any company (except charities) who gives away free stuff just to see a few smiles?

A Smooth Criminal:

Yopaz:

A Smooth Criminal:
Oh goody, they have a sale on about 7 or 8 games... They are so generous, I wonder why no other company does sales like these ever... *Cough* PS+, Steam*

No but seriously, Microsoft are so incredibly uptight about game sales it's unbelievable. And as Mr.K. pointed out, the free game is Kinect. The only ones who can benefit from this are people who buy Kinect. They are just shamelessly trying to add something to reasons for people to buy a Kinect.

I don't care if people see this as "OH MY GOD THEY'RE JUST DOING YOU A FAVOR AND DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR A CHANGE!" because the fact is that they have foul intentions behind this 'nice thing'.

Yeah, MicroSoft is having a 10 year anniversary and celebrates that with 7 games on sale. Steam is currently celebrating the weekly event called Weekend Sale and got 2 games on sale + daily deal.

Well at least for once their sales aren't exclusive to gold members. Now they are doing this to make money of course, but why is it a bad thing? Sales might just be to sell more copies of a game, but it's still good for the consumer. Cynicism and entitlement is really starting to annoy me.

It's a bad thing because of the spirit of it. The only free game they're giving away is for the kinect, they are just trying to boost the sales. And the only games which are on sale are indie games or dated games which they don't lose much revenue for, which gives them better PR as it says "OMG MICRO$OFT $ALE!"

That is the silliest argument. Seriously.

1) Wreckateer is published by MS Game Studios. That means that there's no revenue sharing with a third party publisher, which makes it much easier to give it away free, since they have greater control over it.

2) You make the argument that MS put these older Indie titles on sale because it's easier to get around the revenue loss, which doesn't make sense given that the only FREE game is actually just 4 months old.

3) Since it's not a first party dev, MS is most likely going to be paying Iron Galaxy Games for every "Free" copy picked up by people. That adds up to a lot of money...that they're giving away for free.

4) Considering how many people said "Don't have a Kinect", I doubt that Wreckateer itself will drive huge sales of Kinect. It *might* sway a couple of people on the fence, but considering that there's already over 18 million Kinects that have been sold (as of January, 2012), this probably won't amount to much.

5) Basically, Kinect is already a massive success as far as MS is concerned, so they don't need gimmicks to sell them. In fact, they probably stand to lose substantially more money through the free Wreckateer gift than they would make from the tiny percentage of people that say "Oh, I got a free Kinect XBLA game? Time to buy a Kinect!". Economically, the conspiracy scenario of MS picking this game to drive Kinect sales just makes zero sense.

6) As for the others that are just on a regular sale? Don't make me laugh... Plain and simple, it's a mix of really people popular games from different years and genres. Excepting the poker game, I either own or know someone that owns each of those games. And considering how popular online and televised poker is, I'm sure that's a huge seller as well that just wasn't on my radar. These aren't decrepit games from the dustbin, they're probably some of the more popular games that have ever been on XBLA.

You know what?!?! This is bull-shit!

They're giving me a free game! The fucking nerve of these companies...

But I stopped and looked around and realized that a ton of businesses that are fucking us over. Open your eyes Sheeple!

Best buy gave me a pair of headphones: What am I going to do with these Best Buy? Now I have to buy an iPod to use them! The nerve!

Taco Bell gave me a coupon for a free burrito but get this! They expect me to buy a soft drink in order to use the coupon! Well I for one will never shop at Taco Bell again!

Oprah gave me a free car but you know what? She didn't pay the taxes on it and now I have to pay a couple of grand for it! Fucking bitch....

The Escapist gave me a free 360 when I won one of their contests! You know what Escapist, I see what you're doing here...now that I have a 360, you expect me to pay for the electricity to run it! And I'm going to need somewhere to put it so now I have to buy/rent a place to live! Oh...and games aren't free! And a controller!?!?! I didn't realize The Escapist was giving me such a large bill when they gave me the 360!

Anyone else see the whining here and instantly thought of Principal Skinner on the Simpsons and his quote (not exact but you'll get the point):

Edna: We should ask for fine china!
Skinner: Mother's China works just fine.
Edna: I don't just want your mothers stuff!
Skinner: Oh, I suppose our wedding guests will also pay for heated water and soap in order to wash these new dishes?

All well, people can act like Microsoft has just murdered a school bus full of orphans. I for one will happily download my free game and pick up Bastion at half price since everyone raves so much about it...

Yopaz:

A Smooth Criminal:

It's a bad thing because of the spirit of it. The only free game they're giving away is for the kinect, they are just trying to boost the sales. And the only games which are on sale are indie games or dated games which they don't lose much revenue for, which gives them better PR as it says "OMG MICRO$OFT $ALE!"

So a company trying to give away something free in order to boost sales is bad? Is there any company (except charities) who gives away free stuff just to see a few smiles?

Sure when a company tries to get good will of the customers. Also for situations when it's not for a smile they sometimes they give away free stuff as a tax right off. For example lets say your company bought 30 computers for about 800 each new, after few years they're not worth a dam. However you claim it as a loss when donating those computers to a school or something. Why do you think many school labs had crappy computers?

Akisa:

Yopaz:

A Smooth Criminal:

It's a bad thing because of the spirit of it. The only free game they're giving away is for the kinect, they are just trying to boost the sales. And the only games which are on sale are indie games or dated games which they don't lose much revenue for, which gives them better PR as it says "OMG MICRO$OFT $ALE!"

So a company trying to give away something free in order to boost sales is bad? Is there any company (except charities) who gives away free stuff just to see a few smiles?

Sure when a company tries to get good will of the customers. Also for situations when it's not for a smile they sometimes they give away free stuff as a tax right off. For example lets say your company bought 30 computers for about 800 each new, after few years they're not worth a dam. However you claim it as a loss when donating those computers to a school or something. Why do you think many school labs had crappy computers?

You wither quoted the wrong person or you misunderstood me completely.

You have only made my point more clear by naming examples. Giving away stuff for free is (almost) always about gain for the company and not for the smiles.

Z of the Na'vi:
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Way to take a happy occasion and trash it with your cynicism, guys. Really? You came here to complain, yet again, about Micro$oft's business practices that at this point is far beyond old news? How about talking about something else for a change?

Like how far Xbox Live as come since the days of Halo 2?

Christ, you guys are buzz-kills. Grow up.

OT: What a 10 years it has been. I remember the days of the Xbox 1 and its crude interface. It was a different era. Now look where we are, eh? How time flies.

Thank you, M$, for the sweepstakes gamer picture and the free Kinect game. Those of us with Kinects will enjoy it.

Please, please! This is supposed to be a HAPPY occasion. Let's not bicker and argue, about who killed who. . . I mean let's not be mad about this . . story. . right?

Z of the Na'vi:
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Way to take a happy occasion and trash it with your cynicism, guys. Really? You came here to complain, yet again, about Micro$oft's business practices that at this point is far beyond old news? How about talking about something else for a change?

Maybe if the promised gamerpic was indeed available as it claimed to be, one might have had less cause for complaint. As it is there's a gamerpic I can't get, a game I can't play, 4 games I won't buy to celebrate an overpriced service run by a company who are happy for hackers to steal their customers' money regularly and do nothing about it.

That's not cynicism, it's reality. They actually couldn't have come up with a more pathetic "celebration-offer" if they tried. Steam has sales of up to 75% daily and weekly. Summer, Xmas and Hallooween for 1-2 weeks for 10s of titles, AAA and Indie. Maybe if MS put 50 games on huge discounts, available to all members, worldwide, gave something free away every day for a week, one month of gold to get everyone using their chargeable service (remarkably for a paid service, also gives ads. Hmmm....) and things like that, there'll be something to talk about.

Yes, it's very happy. Happy 10th birthday you hacker filled, ad-supported, over-priced, elitist service.

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