A Summer Of Arcade Warning

I would like to put out a little warning to all you guys that have been enjoying Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade. As you know, Microsoft is offering to give you back 800 MSP if you purchase all five of the arcade titles that have come out in recent weeks. Well, after a few tweets, I’ve found out that there is a small caveat to the giveaway that you may not know.


If you’re a twitter-holic like me, you probably end up entering a lot of game giveaways. I recently won a code for Shadow Complex from a Twitter friend. Then, last night, I won another code from ChAIRGAMES. I passed the code on to my sister, who has up been buying all of the Summer of Arcade titles so far.

To make a long story short, I was concerned she might not get her 800 MSP back. As it turns out, I was right. It was confirmed to me by Stepto that you must “purchase” the games in order to be eligible for the points.

I confirmed w/ @majornelson you have to *purchase* the games. A key would not be a purchase.

I am assuming that this extends to any code purchases as well. This concerns me because I see a lot of codes given away for XBLA games, both through community sites and official people like Major Nelson. When you read the fine print, it does say “purchase”, but it does not specify any exceptions like the ones I’ve mentioned.

Limit one (1) gift per person. To qualify for your gift, you must purchase all five (5) games from Xbox LIVE Arcade using your Xbox LIVE account, by August 31, 2009 11:59 EST. The free Points will automatically be deposited into your Xbox LIVE account after the end of the promotion period. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Offer available only to legal residents, age 13+, of the 50 United States (includes D.C.), while supplies last, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and cannot be combined with any other rebate or offer. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.

As with any offer like this, there are always very strict rules you must follow. Sometimes the rules leave room for interpretation, which is why I wanted to clarify. I’m glad someone from Microsoft was able to get back to me so quickly. Hopefully this gives some of you enough of a warning to be able to make a more educated buying decision.

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  • ilRadd

    I figured that would be the case…and to be honest, I would rather win a 1200pt code rather then be given 800pts after the fact.

    Of course, I haven’t won any of the Summer of Arcade codes…yet!

  • PlayingMantis

    They could have clarified this a little bit sooner, like five weeks ago when they first announced the rebate.

    I was actually going to get everything, but I won Splosion Man and Turtles in Time Reshelled just isn’t worth 800pts.

    Thanks for getting this out there, hope that there aren’t too many people getting burned by this.

  • LMA9375

    Hm. I wa actually wondering about this as well. But I’m ok though since I ended up getting Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Trials HD from Twitter.

    So in the end, I still got the deal, and some.

    Still though, a warning wouldve been nice as I don’t doubt that some have purchased the 5 Summer of Arcade titles, while having got a redeem code through Twitter, just to get 800 Microsoft points back

  • Todaysforgotten

    I don’t think it’s unclear. You sorta have to assume that would be the case. Purchase is purchase. If you were to win 2 codes, you’d be getting a free 800 points. As far as im concerned, those who win codes got more than 800 points back, most likely.

  • if you buy the code off of amazon them you are still buying the game, it would be then BS if you didn’t get the discount