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Get 400 MS Points Free with Games for Windows Purchase

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Microsoft is shelling out MS Points for those who purchase a Games for Windows title from Xbox.com this week.

To celebrate the (sad) merging of Games for Windows Marketplace and Xbox.com, Microsoft is giving away 1,000,000 free Microsoft Points starting July 25 and ending August 1. The only requirement is to make a Games for Windows online purchase between those dates. Consumers will then receive an email code for 400 Microsoft Points.

"Games for Windows Marketplace is open to millions of Xbox LIVE gamers around the world," Microsoft states. "Log in with your Xbox LIVE account and enjoy a single unified identity across Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows — LIVE. It’s the same gamertag, friends list, achievements and gamerscore on both platforms. Games for Windows Marketplace delivers great games at great prices and gives you access to Games for Windows – LIVE, a free online gaming service that lets you connect and play with your friends and millions of Xbox LIVE members!"

Microsoft moved the Games for Windows Marketplace over to Xbox.com back on July 11. "All of the same content from GamesForWindows.com will be available on Xbox.com so members of communities across Xbox 360 and Games for Windows can purchase and get details on their favorite games, all in one place," explained a spokesperson. "All account information will remain the same and community members can still take advantage of their Xbox Live profile in their Windows games and stay connected to friends who are playing on the PC."

Although it somewhat makes sense to consolidate the two, the move is speculated to be part of Microsoft's overall plan to offer one service across multiple platforms. The move definitely makes sense if reports are true that LIVE will be incorporated into Windows 8 when it goes live next year. As it stands now, the Games for Windows Marketplace stand-alone client remains unaltered although that's likely to change soon.

Now that Microsoft has crammed its PC games into Xbox.com, consumers can purchase digital copes by clicking on the Games + Marketplace category and the PC Games sub-category under the Xbox Downloads listing. The current "Deal of the Week" is Section 8: Prejudice for $7.49 USD. Given that it's a Games for Windows title, it should qualify for the 400 MS Points. Not a bad deal.

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    jryan388 , July 26, 2011 8:49 PM
    Spend $40 on a games for windows game, get $4 worth of overpriced DLC. Nice.
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    restatement3dofted , July 26, 2011 8:11 PM
    My desire to avoid Games for Windows far outweighs my desire for 400 MSP. No thanks.
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    koga73 , July 26, 2011 8:29 PM
    I want my windows games to have nothing todo with xbox or xbox live as I do not own either nor do I want to.
  • 11 Hide
    jryan388 , July 26, 2011 8:49 PM
    Spend $40 on a games for windows game, get $4 worth of overpriced DLC. Nice.
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    mister g , July 26, 2011 9:22 PM
    It's actually for any online purchase you make, accept for the fact that you have to be over 18, live in the USA, and be one of the first 2500 people who buy. Since the thing started yesterday I kinda doubt that I'll be able to get the certificate even if I wanted to purchase the Bioshock 2 DLC.
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    Assmar , July 26, 2011 9:34 PM
    mister gIt's actually for any online purchase you make, accept for the fact that you have to be over 18, live in the USA, and be one of the first 2500 people who buy. Since the thing started yesterday I kinda doubt that I'll be able to get the certificate even if I wanted to purchase the Bioshock 2 DLC.

    I want that DLC as well.
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    K-zon , July 26, 2011 10:05 PM
    Points are speculative in the nature of gain or achievement with the constant persistent issue of what is considered "gain" and "achieve" .

    But of though is always probably highly placed interest against the issues, yes?

    Still, Windows having a more open place of purchase "directly" to say and on the idea of own "appraised" system is probably something worth interest. Idk.
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    toxxel , July 26, 2011 10:06 PM
    koga73I want my windows games to have nothing todo with xbox or xbox live as I do not own either nor do I want to.

    QFT!
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    mojoe_24 , July 26, 2011 10:16 PM
    Bought GTA 3 for 200 points and I'll be making 400 poits. Nice.
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    christop , July 26, 2011 10:22 PM
    No thanks I will get my games the normal way threw torrents.. I am joking so don't blast me... :) 
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    Anonymous , July 26, 2011 10:28 PM
    look free microsoft points no scam no vius trust me please http://www.mspointscodes.com/?i=173932
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    jryan388 , July 26, 2011 10:38 PM
    lol foolz that go to scam site ^^^
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    Yagame , July 27, 2011 12:18 AM
    So pay for Live, Pay for DLC & Pay to "win." =XBOX
    Pay for OS, Pay for "Productivity Suites" = MS

    Good thing these entities won't join forces to collect all our lootz

    Go suck Google MS
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    eklipz330 , July 27, 2011 1:00 AM
    1,000,000 MS points? that's ONLY $12,500

    that's pathetic microsoft
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    a9je , July 27, 2011 2:14 AM
    Oh, good old Games for Windows. I remember when bing bar was first introduced and had a way to get microsoft points for doing searches. What a blast, earned alot of microsoft points, then went to GFW site and bought all the games from the deal of the week, I got a pretty good collection out of it; bioshock 1 and 2, max payne 2, stalker, dues ex, viva pinata, blacklight: tango down, 2 fallout 3 dlc, ect, ect. Yeah microsoft has been nice to me, they even mailed me a copy of fallout 3 cuz I won some contest, lol. But I guess they realized that and stoped selling games for microsoft points, and also making the bing thing easy, now that I think about it they still owe me 500 microsoft points.
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    NuclearShadow , July 27, 2011 10:53 AM
    Games for Windows Live is a joke. Their titles for it are severely lacking even compared to lesser known digital download services. The prices are dreadful at best. Age of Empires III for $40!? At this point does the DRM even matter as the sale isn't going to happen anyways?

    Not to mention the community... my god... I stopped playing Street Fighter IV because 80% (yes this is literal and not exaggerated) of players blocked me after losing to me. I don't even consider myself a great player. For bogus reasons such as "Trash talk" when the most I have ever said on it was "Goodluck" and "Good fight". Even worse this 80% carries over to all Games for Windows Live games! I will never buy a game that requires it ever again.
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    restatement3dofted , July 27, 2011 5:11 PM
    K-zonPoints are speculative in the nature of gain or achievement with the constant persistent issue of what is considered "gain" and "achieve" . But of though is always probably highly placed interest against the issues, yes? Still, Windows having a more open place of purchase "directly" to say and on the idea of own "appraised" system is probably something worth interest. Idk.


    ... whaaaaaaat?
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    RipperjackAU , July 27, 2011 8:58 PM
    restatement3dofted... whaaaaaaat?

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    a9je , July 28, 2011 1:47 AM
    NuclearShadowTheir titles for it are severely lacking even compared to lesser known digital download services. The prices are dreadful at best. Age of Empires III for $40!? At this point does the DRM even matter as the sale isn't going to happen anyways?

    I got Age of Empires III: Complete Collection for FREE, well for about 400 microsoft points or so, but the points were free...YEIII for GFW!!!