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#1 Metal Ghost OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:40 PM

http://www.gamasutra...y_years_end.php

#2 SoulBlazer OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:10 PM

Well, this doesn't really affect me that much. Either way I'm fine with.

Gotta love this line at the end of the article, though. Typical corperate speak! :lol:

When contacted for clarification, Microsoft told Gamasutra that it does "not comment on rumors or speculation."

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:14 PM

Can you post the text here?

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:14 PM

Good riddance! I can't tell you how many times I didn't buy something simply because of the points. I am just not willing to buy points I have no intention of spenging and the cost of what I want rarely matches an amount of points you can purchase. Just to name a few... I didn't buy Duke3D, Torchlight, and some addons for no reason other than points. If I could purchase those things for their dollar amount I would be willing to buy from XBL more often.

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:56 PM

Recently, Microsoft

updated

its pricing structure for Microsoft Point bundles, and now sells online packs in 400 point ($5) increments, which makes the bundles more accurately match the standard pricing structure for games on Xbox Live. (Prior to this change, online bundles were only available in 500 point increments.)

What was the old point to $ ratio.

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:27 PM

80ms is 1.00

#7 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:50 PM

I didn't mind the points because there was usually something cheap I wanted to buy anyway (grabbing extra characters for Castlevania HD, tables for Pinball FX2, and cheap Indie games). Still, it will be nice not having to deal with the system.

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:25 PM

I liked points because I could get points cards on sale. I doubt they'll have $50 cards on sale for $40. PSN cards never go on sale.

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Posted Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:49 PM

right now buy.com is selling the $50 for $40. a couple weeks ago, i got it for $35

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:47 AM

I have always disliked MS points as I always seem to have an odd number of them left that I can't spend on anything.

But you guys have raised an interesting issue that I hadn't thought of: you can find bargains on point cards that probably won't happen with a "cash only" system, meaning content is going to cost me more. Saving $10 or more on point cards and Gold membership cards is always a desired event.

I'm really curious as to how a non-point system will work.... how will you pay for items? Right now, if I want to buy XBLA points or renew my Gold membership, I log onto Amazon and buy an online code for them. I then redeem that code on XBLA. Reason I do this is because I refuse to give MS (or Sony or Nintendo) any CC information due to prior (and continuing) hacking problems.

If this rumor is true, I'm really interested into seeing how MS will handle transactions.


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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:42 AM

I doubt anything will change on Xbox Live Gold membership cards. They'll probably still go on sale several times a year.

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:07 PM

I have always disliked MS points as I always seem to have an odd number of them left that I can't spend on anything.

But you guys have raised an interesting issue that I hadn't thought of: you can find bargains on point cards that probably won't happen with a "cash only" system, meaning content is going to cost me more. Saving $10 or more on point cards and Gold membership cards is always a desired event.


yeah, it's especially great when you combine discounts. Get the 4000 points for $35. Then buy a game at 50% off with the free money.

#13 Nuclear Pacman OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:19 PM

Points are great because it allows people to keep their CC info off of the microsoft grid. If you don't see the value in that, then consider what happened to PSN. If true this is bad for consumers all around.

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:41 PM

I think I've said this a dozen times before... Microsoft isn't getting my credit card number. If we can't buy point cards, there had better be $ cards or I just won't be able to buy anything.

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:17 PM

Come to think of it, they could do it like Nintendo does it. They require you to type the credit card info in from scratch every time you want to buy something. It's annoying, but when I buy stuff directly from the Nintendo eShop, for instance, on my 3DS, I don't feel as iffy about it as I do with services that require you to link your credit card information. Plus, now Nintendo (at least on the portables) allows you to shell out only what you need, and not in $5, $10, $20, etc., increments.

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Posted Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:35 PM

I think I've said this a dozen times before... Microsoft isn't getting my credit card number. If we can't buy point cards, there had better be $ cards or I just won't be able to buy anything.


using a CC for single purchases is different than for recurring payments. When they had the UFC match for free, they wanted some form of payment even though it was $0.00. So I put in Paypal. Then after purchase, I removed the Paypal option and it was completely gone. My friend bought MS points with his CC on his Xbox and there is no remnant of his CC on file on either the Xbox or xbox.com.

maybe they could implement the best of both worlds.

have the new pay-as-you-go dollar amount.

but have a new banking system with Microsoft points. Microsoft can give incentives that by purchasing points and having stores of points, you can maybe earn interest in the form of points. that would encourage users to bank points and would allow Microsoft earn the interest off unused money. users can still buy discounted points through the various outlets like before.

I think people would gravitate toward that kind of system and it would benefit everyone by including the fringe that want to pay exact dollar amounts.

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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2012 1:43 PM

So long as I can use something pre paid to buy what little DLC I want I don't mind this. However, Microsoft can not have my CC number. I don't like putting that thing out there at all. This is why I use PayPal as much as possible. One place has the info and can pay the other places I need with a little more secutiry.

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Posted Tue Feb 7, 2012 5:21 PM

I extremely doubt this... Considering where I'm sitting lol, I doubt this 150% percent.

#19 onlysublime OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 7, 2012 5:35 PM

I'm hoping for a points sale soon!!! My bank of Microsoft Points is starting to run low... :( I hate having to pay full price for points. Still no idea why people don't like having free money or deals...

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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2012 5:43 PM

I'm sure Microsoft will have some type of prepaid card like Nintendo and Sony. After all, many people don't have or don't want to use credit cards. They'd be dumb to shut off that customer base.

#21 Vic George 2K3 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2012 6:40 PM

Stupid idea to move to credit cards, considering that not everybody can afford to have credit cards.

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Posted Wed Feb 8, 2012 6:49 PM

*edit: blah, why do I even bother

Edited by Austin, Wed Feb 8, 2012 6:50 PM.


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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:28 AM

Stupid idea to move to credit cards, considering that not everybody can afford to have credit cards.


You could also use a check card. Doesn't everyone have one of those these days?

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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:48 PM

I wonder what ever happened to this rumor? I haven't seen any stories about it since the initial story 9 months ago.

#25 onlysublime OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:53 PM

yeah, it never went beyond rumor status.

I just picked up 4000 points for $39 again. a sucker for good deals. that's 3 times in recent history. have to cut back on the impulse purchases which is what a lot of points in the bank does to you...





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