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Games for Windows gets free Microsoft Points promotion

Microsoft is offering 400 free Microsoft Points ($5) to the first 2,500 purchasers of a Games for Windows title through the online marketplace.

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Microsoft is adding a little extra incentive to the Games for Windows marketplace, with an offer of free Microsoft Points for purchases. From today through August 1, purchases from the Games for Windows marketplace will net you an e-mail code for 400 MSP (or $5 in human money).

In much tinier text, Microsoft outlines the fine print. The offer is good to the first 2,500 US residents, age 18 or over, who complete an online transaction. You can only get one code per person and it will be delivered within 4-6 weeks. If you're looking for quick points, this probably isn't the way to go. Plus, make sure you double-check that e-mail address, because the site warns that if the code bounces back as non-deliverable, it won't be re-sent.

But hey, if you're $5 short on an Xbox Live Arcade game and planning to buy a PC title anyway, it's hard to argue against the value of free points. A good place to start looking would be the Marketplace's "Bargain Games" section.

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    July 25, 2011 2:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Games for Windows gets free Microsoft Points promotion.

    Microsoft is offering 400 free Microsoft Points ($5) to the first 2,500 purchasers of a Games for Windows title through the online marketplace.

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      July 25, 2011 2:55 PM

      I think it would be nice if Gold members on LIVE got some incentives every once in a while. PSN Plus get a lot of freebies and heavy discounts on content and games. I don't think I can remember the last time Gold users had anything worth shouting about.

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        July 25, 2011 3:00 PM

        But...But Gold members get demos a week earlier!

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        July 25, 2011 3:02 PM

        Gold members get discounts every week?
        http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Promotion/dealoftheweek

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        July 25, 2011 3:10 PM

        Gold members get Netflix and Hulu. I still can't believe you have to have gold for that. :\

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          July 25, 2011 3:30 PM

          Netflix and Hulu are only available to users in the U.S. I'm in the UK and none of that is available for us. Deal of the week is good don't get me wrong, but PSN Plus got given Burnout Paradise, Stacking and a bunch of other games for nothing. What happened to giving XBLA games out for free for a limited time, like Texas Hold Em? I'm not saying that they should do it all the time, just more frequently than never.

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            July 25, 2011 3:32 PM

            I'm not saying Netflix and Hulu are enough. I'm saying they shouldn't require Gold at all since they don't run on Microsoft's servers.

            As far as good incentives for gold, I agree that there are none. Or at least not enough for the cost.

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        July 25, 2011 4:03 PM

        but you get to pay to play online.
        isn't that incentive enough?

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      July 25, 2011 2:56 PM

      In other news, this also is also in conjunction with not only the merging of XBox Live and GFWL accounts, but the marketplace as well. Meaning buh-bye to the black website that many called Microsoft's attempt at copycatting Steam.

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        July 25, 2011 3:03 PM

        They won't need that after they integrate it into Windows 8, and perhaps force GFWL users to upgrade to Windows 8 in order to play games on the relaunched GFWL service (or whatever it'll be named)

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        July 25, 2011 3:04 PM

        black website = steam copycat?

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          July 25, 2011 4:05 PM

          my wife calls the shack "that black website you go to"

          (no not racist)

          OMG TEH SHACK=STEAM COPYCAT!! O_o

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      July 25, 2011 3:04 PM

      most of that pricing is stupid. looks like the best deal might be GTA3 for $2.49 :(

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      July 25, 2011 3:35 PM

      Can't buy anything there anyway, "an error has occurred during the transaction."

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      July 25, 2011 3:50 PM

      Didn't I read once they were getting rid of the shitty and misleading points system? give us real money figures you cunts!