Microsoft have unveiled a revolutionary new concept to entice gamers back to the Xbox 360.
The new initiative, designed to offer value, will reward gamers during their Birthday month. Not only will you receive a two per cent rebate on any Xbox LIVE purchases throughout the celebratory month, but you'll also be treated to – wait for it! – 20 Microsoft Points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's twenty whole Microsoft Points, just for becoming one year older. What a splendiferous idea to combat The Playstation Network's frankly rubbish free retail game offer for PSN subscribers.
This killer-deal is hard to match. But what would happen if instead, Microsoft just handed us the value of the points (£0.15/$0.25) and told us to buy ourselves something pretty?
Here's what your 20 MSP could have bought you in the real world:
Need an England Flag? 20 MSP could buy you fifteen! That's a flag for you, and fourteen more for your nearest and dearest.
The Disney Princess torch pen-contraption, boasts a battery life of up to 3 weeks, a simple on/off switch, compact size, and a 'SUPER PRINCESS DESIGN!' And it'll only cost three of your fifteen pennies.
Ibstock Ivanhoe Katrina Multi (65mm). That's a type of brick, I'm told. Better yet, these bad-boys are free. You don't even need to spend your hard earned 20 MSP. A sample brick, can be sent out completely free of charge.
In need of a loot bag to hold your sweeties of other paraphernalia? This pirate loot bag could be yours for just 15p. Now that's value!
I've always wanted to get my hands on a ROHM - 1SS133T-77 - DIODE, SWITCHING, 80V, 0.13A, DO-34. If Microsoft had sent me the money, I could have treated myself to one and still had 2p to spare.
Become a writer with your very own pen. These pens from corporategiftsforyou cost as little as 6p each. You too could be writing inane articles about imaginary points that hold no real interest or value.
To finish, we have a real humdinger in Disney: High School Musical: Sing it! for only 10p. Sure, it may not come with a microphone but this is a minor gripe when you think of the hours of fun you could be having. Who doesn't love High School Musical?
All-in-all, the new Xbox Birthday reward program is pure gold and shows just how important we are to Microsoft. 20 MSP a year. In a mere forty years, you could afford a 800MSP Arcade game or a DLC pack for free. A free game for doing absolutely nothing for forty years straight! What more could you ask for?