February 22nd 2010 5:01 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Block Party details and dates

 

Earlier this month at the X10 Media event, we announced the upcoming Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party* promotion. Today we’re announcing additional promotion details and the release schedule1

 

March 3rd: Toy Soldiers -1200 points
March 10: Scrap Metal – 1200 points

March 17: Perfect Dark – 800 points

March 24: Game Room – Free to download. Individual games will cost 240 to 400 points

 

Plus: When you purchase all three Block Party titles and download the free Game Room app you’ll receive 400 Microsoft Points back to your account**! And if you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold Members you’ll also get an extra month of Gold absolutely free**!

 

And from Noon ET Friday, March 26, – Noon ET Monday, March 29 Block Party is making it easy for you to play together with an Xbox LIVE Multiplayer Unlock weekend! For this weekend only, we’re unlocking the online multiplayer features of all Block Party titles for Xbox LIVE Silver Members to play for free (games sold separately).

 

1This is the current release schedule for Block Party titles. As with everything game release related, dates are subject to change.

 

*Depending on your region, you may see this promotion called House party. The above information applies.

 

**FREE GIFT OFFER TERMS:

Purchase all 3 games: Toy Soldiers, Scrap Metal, Perfect Dark, & download the free Game Room app before March 31, 2010 11:59pm EST, and receive 400 Microsoft Points – FREE! As a bonus, all current Gold members as of April 30, 2010 that fulfill this offer will also receive 1 month of Gold for FREE! Limit one (1) of each gift per person. To qualify for your gift, you must purchase all three (3) games from Xbox LIVE Arcade and download the free Game Room app using your Xbox LIVE account, by March 31, 2010 11:59 EST. To qualify for the bonus month of Gold, you must have a current Gold account (sold separately) as of April 30,2010. The free Points and 1 month of Gold will automatically be deposited into your Xbox LIVE account after the end of the promotion period. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery – on or around April 30, 2010. Offer available only to legal residents, age 13 plus, of all countries that support Xbox LIVE, while supplies last, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and cannot be combined with any other rebate or offer. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Broadband internet required for Xbox LIVE; for terms of use and system requirements see www.xbox.com/live.

 

Arcade By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Usaell

    So, out of curiosity. Are these all titles that will be playable, and function WITH the Game Room?

  • Z4M0

    I have to point that even if it’s better than nothing and might support it depending on product quality (demos) but that so called reward policy is also known in the industry as a hook. Offer X so people will buy A, B and C instead of just a couple of them or even worse, just the only one they really wanted in first place.

    It’s not me, it’s marketing aces who said that (making me feeling not so excited as I was).

    Cheers.

  • kaleido42

    @Usaell Those three games are just arcade games. Take note of the fact that they release before Game Room.

  • Velete

    PD is a steal at 800, not sure about jumping on this promo though – for the last MS one that i took part in they were 3 months late in crediting my account :/

  • Mystakill

    @xXNapsterManXx, don’t forget the additional Gold sub required to play against each other.

    XBLM and DLC costs are getting out of hand to the point that I’ve pretty much stopped buying much of anything. Gold should *not* be required for casual and retro games, period. Microsoft, as I pointed out years ago, is still not charging for multiplayer gaming on its own MSN Games portal (the title says it all; “Free Online Games”).

    I’ve already put off purchasing Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2 due to their launch-day DLC (and *9* pieces for ME2? Who is EA kidding that these weren’t ready to be included on disc?)

    MS is pushing 1200 Point games to get consumers accustomed to that “baseline” price, so that when 2400 Point games become the norm, it won’t be that big of a shock (not)…

  • Anonymous

    Game Room: Waste of space AND money. Sorry, and maybe it makes me sound like an old fart, but I do not see the point of spending upwards of 5 dollars to buy EMULATED 10, 20 or 30 year old games that are simply being packaged in a flashier container.

    Let me reiterate this: EMULATED 10, 20 or 30 year old games. It’s MAME32 on the 360, only with legal ROMs and with virtual “cabinets”. Why in the bloody hell would I want to spend $5 for an emulated version of Centipede or Millipede when I can already play it on an existing Atari 2600, or can play it free at various sites legally, or play it illegally on an emulator?

    Game Room will prove one thing: People with disposable cash are suckers.

 
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