November 17th 2010 7:44 pm PT

Holiday Offers from Microsoft Game Studios


Although I tweeted this earlier today, I wanted to make sure you saw the promotion we just announced: If you spend 1600 points on select Microsoft Game Studio content, you’ll get 400 points back. This promotion is available to all Xbox LIVE members except those in Japan or Italy. has the complete list of eligible content and how to get in on the deal. The offer November 22, 2010.


Archive By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • ElektroDragon

    Did we have to register for October’s 800 point promotion? Because I spent over 3200 on non-DoTW XBLA games and still no rebate.

  • Muzzymate

    @ElektroDragon – I just got my 800 points back yesterday evening. Not sure how they do it but hopefully it should be soon for you.


    Clever way to get more MGS content sold, and I’m all for buying content in the name of rebates. This is a nice impetus for me to get content I’ve been wanting to get anyway but have been putting off.
    And no, Elektro, there wasn’t any registration for the Game Feast rebate offer, unlike this one. I’m sure you’ll be getting your points very soon, if you haven’t already.

  • Ozzzy189

    no chance. bought pinball fx2 tables, guwange and pacmandx. no rebate for me.

  • twisted poke

    Got my 800 points back from the last promotion last night. Also, deal of the week offers definitely qualified towards the total amount as I bought the minimum requirement to get the rebate and a couple purchases were deal of the weeks.

  • weakwill

    i hope not register for october event.
    i think i spent over 2400 + ms points.
    this time no return too me too.
    last points event comes but very late(summer arceade).

  • The Bill Payer

    No thanks, I’m not going to spend $20 in points just to get $5 back.

  • AutomaticOcelot

    I also got my October refund this week. Dropped it on Shank right away. ;)
    Between that and all the sales of recent titles, I very much like the new thriftyness of XBL Marketplace. Hope it continues.

  • r3dreck

    PAsssss, waiting on BF2 Vet

  • Black Fist

    I´m speechless, a promotion….worldwide……amazing
    Sucks for Japan and Italy….why were they left out?
    They are gamers too….and part of the world

  • Gambit3rd

    Major, this is a lame it for Italian (and Japanese) users like me.
    I bought so many items on marketplace and I feel left out every time.

    What have we done to deserve this? :)

  • The Gentleman


  • kuroi albatross

    Lol, I love how sometimes you misteriously exclude a country from an offer/XBLA release.
    Is there a rational explanation for this or do you just randomly pick up some countries? There are lots of countries in Europe, why just Italy?
    I was not interested in this offer so I’m not too pissed about it, but it sucks to see this kind of discrimination… don’t you know that japanese and european people pay for the Live Gold/XBLA/other Markeplace stuff just like americans?

  • MyJewlzHurt

    I got my 800 points back from Microsoft.

  • Exu

    Just typical. It’s all content I either own or don’t want. I literally cannot come up with content on the list I’ve yet to get adding up to 1600.
    So far I’m at 560 because I’d like to get The Writer for Alan Wake, and I am not blowing it all on avatar cack,

    What does bemuse me is why some games have content on ther but not others. Howcome Toy Soldiers avatar items are there, yet not the game itself? And of the XBLA games that are there, why not the add-ons for those too?
    I know I’d have bought the Toy Soldiers Invasion pack (400), the Snoopy map pack (80) for example.
    I was chatting with @XboxSupport and they seemed to agree with me.

    I think you should get some more content on the eligibility list, there’s some glaring omissions there and it can’t just be with me whom it makes the difference between spending nothing and spending 1600.


    It’s typical, that Exu is complaining. I don’t think I’ve ever read a positive comment from him

  • Wet Vein

    *Off Topic*

    Major, I haven’t been able to send a message to my friends from since they updated the website!

    Very frustrating. I use to send 90% of my messages. (usually)

    Anyone else have this problem?

    (I live in Canada, just in case you were wondering which version of the site I use)

    Please Fix!

  • Anonymous

    triple nag, triple nag, triple nag, triple nag, triple nag, triple nag, triple nag,. Still waiting for your answer???!??

  • Sly151

    hmm this might get me to buy the two halo wars add ons

  • penguin1992

    A better rebate deal then the last one, but seriously, drop these restrictions microsoft, or lessen them at the least

  • Exu

    @VenomWhatever Funny, looked like criticism to me.
    Okay to be fair there’s some great content there for people who don’t have it yet, I’m just picking holes.

  • chiruno99

    You can get Ikaruga in this promotion, so quit complaining. It’s probibally one of the best games on XBLA because it was originally on the Dreamcast.

  • Disco Penguins

    I just got my 800MSP yesterday too.
    Also, Major, when will we ever see Games On Demand games discounted? I mean, not like permanent discounts when they become less popular, but seeing Games On Demand as part of Deal Of The Week or something. Often on your Twitter, I see promotions for Games for Windows getting big discounts for retail games. Shouldn’t the Xbox community get treated the same way?

  • programad

    It will be hard to choose what to buy on Brazilian Xbox LIVE. ¬¬

  • Champipple D

    Most of the stuff in the eligible list has been on sale in the past at 33%-50% off, which is a lot better than spending 1600 points on full-priced stuff to get a 400 point rebate.

  • Gakman777

    I’ve not received my 800 points… When I’ve contacted support they told me it was not for France. Is it a joke ? I had the advice on my dashboard ! So this time it’s not for me, I think again after I will be stolen one time again.

  • a1984darkboy

    I do like more rebate offers. I’m considering splurging on the Banjo games, but I wouldn’t mind picking up Fable II Pub Games and Snoopy Flying Ace, perhaps N+. Decisions, decisions.

    Also, Gakman777, I recommend trying to contact support to make sure you qualify for these rebates. It’s a shame you’re not getting the same treatment after you spent the points. Here’s hoping you and fellow French players can catch a break.

  • aletzzz

    pfff im still waiting for my 800MSP from the october promotion

  • SkyyPlum

    Got my 800msp a couple days ago and was shocked because it took over a month and half just to get the 400msp back from the summer deal. I was glad to get the new Pacman game free, its sweet. Hope this promotion goes as smooth.

  • Lohengriehn

    Nintendo gets the x-mas business this year (WiiWare, VirtualConsole). No matter what you do – but last year MS received the money. So dont complain :-)

    Ikaragua would be fine…but A Link to a Past is bit more fine ;-)

  • Gonzo345

    Still waiting for my 800MSP back, but I’ve completed this offer too hahaha

    The Maw+The Writer DLC wins

  • MrHaru

    Oh awesome another reba-

    >400 MS Points

    ……really? :|

  • weakwill

    my points doesnt return yet.
    sry microsoft thats a shame.
    we pay for this points too return and ms let as waiting over months.
    they can not be.
    i wait no longer for my points.
    go for my 800 points to an shop , ms and buy beer for that money.
    that was the last money you will see from me.
    no longer i give money too ms.SRY