May 24th 2011 5:47 am PT

DOTW: Bethesda Blowout!

This week, Xbox LIVE Gold Members can save on the following Bethedsa published Xbox LIVE Marketplace content:


Bethesda Blowout Normal Price  DOTW Price Save
Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta 800 400 50%
Fallout 3: Broken Steel 800 400 50%
Fallout 3 Operation: Anchorage 800 400 50%
The Elder Scrolls IV: Horse Armor Pack 200 100 50%
The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine 800 400 50%
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Shivering Isles 2400 1200 50%
Vault 101 suit (male/female) 240 120 50%
Vault boy head (male/female) 160 80 50%

Deal, Marketplace By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/sqlrob Rob

    Still too pricey on the Vault suit, IMHO. 80 and I’d probably snag it.

  • http://twitter.com/Maitopurkki Maitopurkki

    blah.. again nothing interesting on DoTW

    • http://www.facebook.com/rellus.gellor Russell Gorall

      Agreed. At times it seems like I am screaming at my console that it should let me spend money, but stuff like this gets old.

  • http://twitter.com/DTwirler Heather Mac

    YES! I’ve been waiting for a while for the Fallout 3 stuff to go on sale again. Will finally be able to finish up my game!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Schokker/100000100071108 Jacob Schokker

    Nothing interesting this week. Gonna keep my points.

  • Eric Patterson

    I’m finally gonna get that horse armor.

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  • Anonymous

    Is the Horse Armor pack a part of the DotW for laughs? You’re so sly, Microsoft.

  • http://twitter.com/Roenik Roenik Newell

    Glad I held on to some of my points.  Time to get back into Oblivion and see the Shivering Isles before Skyrim arrives :D

  • http://twitter.com/JuanchoIregui Juan Andrés Iregui

    After several years I think I’m getting the horse armor, using some rewards MSP I got hehe.

  • http://twitter.com/Dannyb0yUK Danny Holloway

    The Horse Armour joke is getting a bit old now. Time to be making that one a freebie, don’t you think? Also, so pleased to see that all three of the Fallout 3 DLCs I own are half price, while the two I need aren’t. Why not just do the whole lot?

  • http://twitter.com/GMRINZLER Dave B.

    u need to lower the price of Oblivion in Games On Demand

    • Anonymous

      “u need to lower the price of everything in Games On Demand”
      Fixed. :B

  • Anonymous

    Oh, cool. Horse Armor only Half-Price… Bargain!!!! :-)
    (Actually, I would like to see the statistics of how many people buy it this week).

  • http://profiles.google.com/adaptorlive Adaptor Live

    Great content but where’s Point Lookout? I still want to play that one and Mothership Zeta but because only one of the two is on sale I think I’m just going to buy the GOTY for 15 bucks. Shivering Isles on the other hand… :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ASXYXRBNWJ3CGYC2SLUY5JDJ64 Todd Moore

    Disappointed :(

  • http://profiles.google.com/dfpg86 Décio Gonçalves

    Oh well, at least i still have hope that i’ll find something good on Steam (Ubisoft week).

  • http://www.facebook.com/rellus.gellor Russell Gorall

    Yeah, the Horse Armor thing was funny, now it’s just something really dumb that Bethesda makes cash off of. “Isn’t this funny? We are making money on something that’s kind of a ripoff, even though most of our stuff is a ripoff.”

    How is the price for Shivering Isles still so normally high? Paying thirty bucks for a three or four year old expansion seems pretty harsh. I played it, it was prolly decent at the time, that is just kind of the usual slap in the face for DLC.

    • Anonymous

      With your statement regarding Shivering Isle, you’ve just lost all credibility.

      How was, in any way, Shivering Isle just the “usual slap in the face” for DLC?  If I remember correctly it was an additional 24 hours of gameplay.  You can’t BUY RPG games today that even give you 24 hours of gameplay for $60, let alone add-on DLC that does it.

      Nobody, that I’m aware of, have ever done DLC like Bethesda or like Shivering Isle.  To even suggest that for the amount of gameplay, and size of the world, that Shivering Isle is just a slap in the face to gamers is ridiculous. 

      • http://twitter.com/Havokstriker Robert Alan Forgay

        I think you completely missed the point made by Russel Gorall’s comment “that is just kind of the usual slap in the face for DLC”

        I think what Russell was referring to when he said that was to DLC in general and how even after 3-4 years of the dlc content being made available for download, how the prices do not naturally come down permanently as opposed to these one time deal of the week discounts that we typically get.

        Granted some dlc content has been discounted on multiple occasions like for special events like a Halloween zombie discount week on select zombie games and add-ons. 

        But in general, most dlc has never received a permanent price drop regardless of how many years it has been available for purchase on XBLA or PSN.

        I think it’s great that we do get these weekly discounts with the deal of the week, but I like many others would like to see a permanent price drop in much of the older content that has been available for a year or more.

        I also don’t like waiting for the price drop for that random off chance that the dlc I am holding out for for so long finally comes along in the deal of the week, and I know I have been disappointed to find out that I missed out on a discount of something I really wanted for so long but didn’t want to pay 15 or 10 bucks at the time to get it, only to find out that I could have gotten it for 5 bucks but was unable to on account of being sick in the hospital.

        Sadly that has happened to me before and has left me wondering and hoping that it would be featured again in a future special deal of the week like on black friday or on some other special discount event, or the off chance that it would one day get a permanent price drop.

        Till Microsoft decides to institute a wide-ranged price drop for much of it’s 1-2 years or older content, I’ll just be saving my money and holding out for the discounted version. I already spend 60 bucks per every brand new  game I buy and there have been alot of games to come out this year already and many more to come that I anticipate pre-ordering to own them, so I really don’t want to spend 10-30 bucks on dlc unless it is something that I just cannot live without for several months till the price is discounted in a future deal of the week event. I am already typically buying on average 1-2 games a month at the 60 dollar price tag, so why should I have to pay top dollar for dlc that I can wait for?

        Just my two cents, and maybe I’m wrong but just maybe I’m right and maybe there are many more people who think just like me.

        • Anonymous

          Fair enough argument, but why does the price of merchandise in a brick and mortar store go down?  In general, the reason prices decrease are because of 1) discontinuation, 2) excessive inventory, and 3) lack of peg/shelf space.  An online store, where the merchandise is all digital, doesn’t have the challenges of inventory as a brick and mortar store does. 

          Nevertheless, Microsoft has reduced the price of some things permanently.  Could some things, which are overpriced like the Horse Armor be permently reduced, to like 80 MicrosoftPoints?  Sure, but anyone who buys it at any price is wasting their money.

          My guess is what determines a drop in pricing (sale or not) is how well games or their DLC still sell.  As long as people are willing to pay a the price given, neither Microsoft nor the game’s publisher/developer has a need to reduce the price.  A blanket policy of dropping prices just because of age doesn’t make sense.  With Games on Demand, rental services, and the second-hand market, new gamers to a game are frequently picking up copies of older games and playing them.  While that DLC may be old to you, it’s new to those people. 

          It isn’t a question of you being right or wrong, or even me being right or wrong, but I think you’re applying a standard practice of brick and mortar stores, which have a need for that practice, to digital download stores that don’t.

          • http://twitter.com/sqlrob Rob

            You really don’t want to get into the store and shelf space argument, that actually makes DLC look even worse.

            Supply of DLC is infinite, demand is finite. Infinite supply means the cost should be 0.

          • Anonymous

            Quite the contrary, everything has a cost.  Brick and mortar stores sell physical, tangible things, things that take up space.  Distributors of digital content sell licenses.  Licenses still have costs, both real and contractual, but they aren’t as restrictive as a physical product.  For instance, they have disk space, bandwidth, and contractual payments.

            I’m not saying prices, in some cases, couldn’t be lower.  I’m saying the normal pricing structure that a retail product goes through (in a brick and mortar store) isn’t reflective of the inventory cycle of an online digital distributor.

            If no one buys something at 200 Microsoft Points, 358 days of the year, but for one week everyone who considered buying it buys it for 100 Microsoft Points, who cares?  If the general population is capable of holding off on buying it until it comes on sale, then all the better.  If they can’t, or in the case of the Horse Armor they have to have every bit of DLC available for the game even if it does nothing, have at it.

          • Anonymous

            Quite the contrary, everything has a cost.  Brick and mortar stores sell physical, tangible things, things that take up space.  Distributors of digital content sell licenses.  Licenses still have costs, both real and contractual, but they aren’t as restrictive as a physical product.  For instance, they have disk space, bandwidth, and contractual payments.

            I’m not saying prices, in some cases, couldn’t be lower.  I’m saying the normal pricing structure that a retail product goes through (in a brick and mortar store) isn’t reflective of the inventory cycle of an online digital distributor.

            If no one buys something at 200 Microsoft Points, 358 days of the year, but for one week everyone who considered buying it buys it for 100 Microsoft Points, who cares?  If the general population is capable of holding off on buying it until it comes on sale, then all the better.  If they can’t, or in the case of the Horse Armor they have to have every bit of DLC available for the game even if it does nothing, have at it.

  • http://twitter.com/AttitudeForGain BeAttitudeForGains

    Major, is there anyone you can drop hints to about maybe putting the whole of Game Room on DotW some time, seeing as it’s now defunct and the developer has closed? I’m sure there are plenty of people like me who thought it was a good idea, but the games were usually worse value for money than the Horse Armour that’s on special this week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sans-Gluten/100001325607074 Sans Gluten

      Would be nice if they would fix the major glitches in Game Room then mark all the games down to 80 points or less.

      • http://twitter.com/iphonefarted iPhone Farts

        Would be nice if they would close the Game Room so everyone will stop having false hopes that anything else will be done with, other than it’s imminent closure.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ray.whitney Ray Whitney

          I would rather they kept it open (and had a sale), but either way, it would be lovely if they let us know.

      • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Dustin

        I agree. Drop the prices in Gameroom.

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  • http://twitter.com/Zenrigar Kike Gza.

    For the Fallout 3 stuff, is better to get the GOTY edition imho, dont know if are not listed here, but “point lookup” and “the pitt” are also included in the GOTY edition.

  • http://twitter.com/wolfen2k7 Tom

    awww.. fallout 3 expansions… =/ I really need those. really nice to see them for 400 msp… sadly, I do not have the money for them.. kind of depressing.. but nothing new. :P I would think about the horse armor if it served a real purpose.. but it’s 100% pointless. -.-

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator The Dukenator

      If you still have the original Fallout 3 game, then you could go and get the Fallout 3 GOTY which contains all 5 DLC included.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kroche Kevin Roche

    Not cheap enough. If you want to make great business, this stuff should be a dollar each, with Shivering Isles only being 5. The 5th Anniversary Edition is releasing in a month and that Is Oblivion included with all DLC WITH a $10 off coupon for Skyrim for only $30. That is cheaper than this deal. Way to try to rip us off, Microsoft.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Kinsfather/100000207226482 Nick Kinsfather

      Actually the 5th Anniversary Edition of Oblivion only comes with Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles. It doesn’t include all the DLC. Still it is a better value than buying all the DLC off XBL.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bret-Lamoreaux/1499750199 Bret Lamoreaux

        yeah thats what i did for forza

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  • http://twitter.com/justinj1983 Justin Johnston

    I can get both goty editions with all the DLC for ten bucks each, this isnt the best DOTY ever, bethesda could have at least added the first new vegas DLC

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  • Anonymous

    How about a Fallout 3 DLC discount on Games for Windows Live?  I’ve been waiting almost two years  now to get Anchorage & Pitt on some sort of discount. :

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEERGTAW7YAIJKE5DIUIVSJ4CU Grizzly Bear

    Quit complaining about prices. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

    • http://twitter.com/sqlrob Rob

      And how are they to know things are overpriced vs. just not good enough to be purchased?

      • Anonymous

        How do you know if a car is overpriced vs. just not good enough to be purchased?

  • Guy Baldwin

    Issues :( 

    All Fallout 3 ones showing as 800 MSP for me (Yes, I have gold)

  • http://www.facebook.com/citizenlowell Mike Di Natale

    Sale on the New Vegas DLC would have been better…

  • Anonymous

    Horse Armor!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TwinKzzzMeisTer Salvador Vega Jr.

    I think Xbox Live should have an SNK/NeoGeo fighter Deal of the Week…show these underrated yet totally awesome games some love!!

 

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