Xbox LIVE Arcade Gamerscore Policy Change

Starting next month (April 2012) all new Xbox LIVE Arcade games will have the option to increase from 200 to 400 Gamerscore points, with the addition of up to 30 Achievements. Even better, this Gamerscore increase will be required in all new Xbox LIVE Arcade games starting in June 2012.

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  • Steven Paul

    sweet

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  • Steven Paul

    sweet

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  • Anonymous

    Can older titles update to reflect this?

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    • http://twitter.com/LesserHuman Declan Kane

      This, hopefully this update is retrospective, doubt it though.

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      • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

        I could see it being done if there’s a new add-on for a game.

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      • Anonymous

        It would likely only be if a developer wanted to update and add achievements.

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      • http://www.foxhack.net/ Foxhack

         It’d probably cost them a lot of money since the games have to be patched.😛

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  • Anonymous

    Can older titles update to reflect this?

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  • http://twitter.com/HTLoneWolf HTLoneWolf

    Who cares about achievements?

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Houghton/504896493 Carl Houghton

       No-one, no-one at all. Honestly.

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  • http://twitter.com/HTLoneWolf HTLoneWolf

    Who cares about achievements?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dylanlass Dylan Thomas Lass

    Patricia

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  • Mike Lethbridge

    Here’s hoping Trials implements this.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope this applies to Windows Phones games as well.

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    • http://twitter.com/TrashMKX Chris

       I hope not. XBLA games should have a higher score than WP7 Games, I think this is the main point of the change.

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      • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

        Agreed. Windows Phone should never been given 200. With their size, complexity, and price, 100 would’ve been a more reasonable amount. I’m saying this as a dedicated Windows Phone user.

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      • Anonymous

        Personally I really enjoy getting tons of gamerscore from my windows phone games. However I’ve always believed that Xbox Live Arcade games should’ve been given the full 1000 gamerscore. lol i guess if I had it my way, there’d be a huge inflation of gamerscore on xbox live.

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  • http://twitter.com/McSnuffin187 Cristof Redmayne

    Nice.

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  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    I don’t care so much about the gamerscore (not a gamerscore fiend), but I do like the idea of more fun achievements, particularly in Trials Evolution, so I also hope they implement it.

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  • Brian Harrison

    They should work on allowing the removal of achievements so I can get rid of those FIFA ones someone got on my account.

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  • Randy McKinney

    Way overdue. 

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  • http://twitter.com/TrashMKX Chris

    Finally!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7FLKTTGYZVHJ37PSOPUU7C2RIY Joe

    Im betting we will see 1600-2000 ms point games as well

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    • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

      I’m not.  MS is already realizing the 800msp is the sweet spot for XBLA games.  They tried 1600 point games already and they didn’t go anywhere.

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      • Anonymous

        What games did they put out at 1600 MSP?

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      • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

         Penny Arcade Episode 1 and Puzzle Quest Galactrix.

        To say they didn’t do well is an understatement.

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      • Anonymous

        It didn’t help that Galactrix was a terrible PQ game.

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      • Anonymous

        Also both Sam & Max Seasons

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  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    Good idea. Since XBLA games have been getting more complex and expensive. It also helps separate them from Windows Phone games which somehow got the same 200 point ranking. (100 would’ve been more accurate.)

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  • http://twitter.com/NBAKirkland NBA Kirkland (Nick)

    I expect we’ll start to see that 1600 MSP ($20 USD) price point become common. At least we’ll game more Gamerscore for our money.

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    • http://twitter.com/weirdphil weirdphil

      When Arcade title cost as much as titles you can find in Games on Demand, I’ll be expecting 1000 gamerscore, no less.

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  • Anonymous

    and the price of arcade games will go up.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jblacq James Blacquiere

     Mr Major Sir, is there any documentation or something which someone could use to determine if a game is an XBLA game or not? The obvious answer is that you get it from the ‘Games Marketplace’, but you can also get non-arcade games from there as well. One example I have is that XBLA games seem to always have a “Return to arcade” menu option (or something like that).

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    • Lee Rayson

       it has an orange band on the cover art it is an arcade title, if it purple it a kinect title. there are just a odd few that don’t follow these rules such as dead rising arcade titles but i assume it is because it is to better your dead rising 2 game progress

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  • Hugoku

    Why would the price of XBLA go up because of this? This is in response to actual XBLA getting more complex, not the other way around. The more complex (in terms of development) they are, the higher the price. That will happen regardless. It’s not like they are selling gamerpoints to us.

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    • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

      Amen.

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  • Anonymous

    I would really hate to see 1600 MSP become the new 1200 MSP, very few titles already justify the 1200 points mark and probably even less more than that…

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    • Anonymous

      You mean very few are justified for you?

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      • Anonymous

        Of course I am expressing my personal opinion but as seen in various gaming forums this opinion is adapted by quite a few people.

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      • http://twitter.com/mchambone Michael Laiz

        Angry people are much more vocal about than anger than satisfied people are with their satisfaction.

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      • Anonymous

         There is no anger, I just ignore those titles completely or wait for a DotW. I believe the developers would see better sales and income when starting with a lower price tag than targeting the higher available price on the Marketplace.

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  • http://twitter.com/dibils dibils

    why not 500, seems more logical 

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    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      Doubling is logistically easier, I expect.
      If they multiply the max by 2.5 instead of 2, that means developers need to factor and rebalance their new scores in strange ways. A 35 GS achievement becomes 87.5, instead of 70. Well is that really worth 90, or 85, or 80? That’s probably a 2 hour meeting in some studios. >_<;;

      Wait… you didn't think every single developer will put effort into BRAND NEW achievements did you? Nah.😉

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  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    It’s also going to be interesting to see how many achievement points are assigned to Windows 8 Xbox Live app games (the equivelant of Xbox 360 XBLA games). We already know from the Consumer Preview that Cut the Rope will be there.

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  • http://twitter.com/AnXboxDude Greg

    Great news =]

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  • Anonymous

    Im assuming this wont be retroactive

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    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      If any of these policies were retroactive, I expect Condemned wouldn’t still be stuck at 970 GS.:/
      Man… just… what were they even thinking?

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