December 1st 2010 6:35 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Arcade December Bonus (Buy 2 get 400 points back)


Purchase two qualifying Xbox LIVE Arcade titles before December 20th and get 400 points back. 


See the list of Eligible Arcade Games and offer details on


Arcade By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson


    Is this part of the rewards program?

  • rogXue

    dang, I own the $10 titles and will not spend $ on two $15’s Good deal though.

  • Exu

    Yeah but… they’re ALL 1200! Not worth it in my opinion, back in October my brother bought both DeathSpanks and got his 800 back, much better offer.

    Still it’s alright for me, I own all of them already. :p

    In summary, avoid. Wait for the games themselves to drop in price because let’s be honest, if you wanted them that badly you’d own them by now.

  • Mcmax3000

    Is it 400 points back or 800 points back? The dashboard on my console says 800 points.

  • Mcmax3000

    Either way, I love seeing these types of deals. Unfortunately I won’t be able to take advantage of this one since I already own the majority of those titles (certainly any of the ones I want I have).

  • Xlrking

    Too bad i have no money for such things even though they happen rapidly.

  • rogXue

    Major, I am getting a glitch error when trying to download the gamerpic for this deal.


    It’s nice to see Microsoft is offering points back to their customers on a regular basis now. I can’t believe anybody would actually complain about getting points back for something they’re already doing anyway!

  • chiruno99

    Most of these games are 1200. Buying two is 2400. Get 400 off and that’s 2000 you’ve spent. NOT WORTH IT.

  • Saidinarts

    I get a glitch error as rogXue did trying to add this to my download queue.

  • Thief000

    I’m getting the error to, both on the dash and But on the dash it now says “download again”, so I’m quite sure that is enough for the registration.

  • Exu

    Oh yeah I agree with MACPH1ST0 that the rebate trend should continue, I just think since the brilliant October offer, the gestures have been getting increasingly… feeble.

    I also agree with chiruno99. Many of these games have had offers in the past where the saving would have been greater than the rebate offered here. Shadow Complex has been 560 for goodness’ sake. Trials has been 400! 800 would have been 400 off each game, far more appetising.

    Not to mention with Christmas coming up, MS will hopefully be pulling out the discounts. Right after this offer ends, I’d expect.

  • DiatomicMaster

    Nah. Give us something more along the lines of the October deal again.

  • JoeCool314

    Awww Hell!! I just got Comic Jumper a couple weeks ago!

  • JoeCool314

    Actually I just bought some of these titles!…….jip!

  • r3dreck

    Waiting to see if any of these are on the rewards list before I bother… that new program is gonna be a a factor in my decisions to buy things from now on.

  • r3dreck

    BTW, downloading the gamer pict via gave me an error.

  • ToothlessFrog

    Would be nice if they would reward the people who bought it when they first came out. It’s kind of frsutrating, makes me want to just not buy anything until there is an incentive.

  • kodoo


    Well, thats pretty normal when it comes to games, gets cheaper if you can wait, just like with retail.

    Not like GameStop are gonna reward you if you were the first one to buy CoD:BO, on the other hand if you can wait a ½ year or so, you might save 20$.

  • Rinedog

    I would like some clarification on the amount back as well. The console dashboard says 800pts back, but Major and say 400pts back.

  • a1984darkboy

    I might jump on this. I’m wanting Hydrophobia and I think I’ll finally get Trials HD. Although the Indie Games from the WInter Uprising promotion comes first.

  • a1984darkboy

    Sounds like Facebook and Twitter just became useful on my 360.

  • a1984darkboy

    Dammit, discard that last comment. It was meant for the Xbox Live Rewards Program, delete that and this if you can Major Nelson or any mod/admin on here.

  • Rinedog

    Weird, I’m showing up as a silver member on this site since I’ve switched to family gold.

  • ThreadShadow

    Thanks for all these sales/deals Major Nelson!
    Unfortunately I’ve everything I want already from this new deals list.

    If you have another Inventory Blowout Sale (silver/gold) like last year, here are some titles I’d like to see go on sale.

    Geometry Wars 2
    Darwinia +
    Encleverment Experiment
    EXIT 2
    Ilomilo and Noble Map Pack (Ha! I know, both are just out and or not officially released yet but anyway!)

  • Blue Thunder28

    This is awesome for people who are planning on buying some of these anyway.

  • Wiizpig

    No Italy, eh? thanks.

    Btw Bomberman is coming out next week on XBLA, at least price it 800.

  • Luminaria

    There’s no reason to scoff at the 400 MSP rebate. If you were thinking about getting any of these games and 200 point rebate per game is still nice. You can think of it as getting a $5 game for free. I have been thinking about getting Lara Croft GOL and Castlevania HD for a little while now. This makes it a good time to buy.

  • Yukon Cornelius

    Downloading the gamerpic gives an “oops”. Clicking the item’s URL of “Purchase two qualifying Xbox LIVE Arcade titles between December 1, 2010 12:01 AM EST and December 20, 2010 11:59 PM EST, and receive 400 Microsoft Points – as a BONUS! Visit for full terms and conditions.” (which points to … ) gives an error. Is it really so hard to hire Marketplace testers for this content?

  • Yukon Cornelius

    This summer, spend 5600 points during SoA-2010, get 1200 back (21% return on investment). In October, spend 2400, get 800 back (33% RoI). In November, spend 1600, get 400 back (25% RoI). Now spend 2400, get 400 back (only 16% RoI). I’m now expecting Xbox Marketing to give us pocket lint with purchase of 3 full-priced games.

    I think the DotW has set a decent precedent to give back at least 25% savings, so why doesn’t that carry into the rebate programs as well?

  • Gambit3rd

    Still no Italy… But, anyway, this deal is REALLY bad.

    This deal means we will not see these titles on DEAL OF THE WEEK. So no DeathSpank or Castlevania HD or Sonic 4 or Costume Quest for 800 points.

    You’re getting only 400 points back so this means: i.e. Death Spank + Castlevania HD = 1200 + 1200 – 400. It’s 2000 points.

    Death Spank and Castlevania HD on DOTW means 800 points each. It’s 1600 total.

    So… Sad news for me. :(


    Puzzle Quest: Galatrix, please.


    Puzzle Quest: Galatrix, please.

  • kuroi albatross

    >Offer available worldwide, excluding Italy Japan, Russia, Poland, Brazil, South Africa, Greece, Columbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Chile, and Slovakia
    Why I’m not surprised…? Worldwide my ***.
    Seriously Major, why M$ hates some countries so much? I’m always ready to spend lots of points in this kind of offers, but you always exclude us, so lame…

  • Stephan1237

    @kuroi albatross

    Xbox 360 User : When do we get Rewards and other US/UK only stuff in other european countries?
    Microsoft : There are no other european countries, Europe = UK .