Microsoft gives highest Gamerscore holder first lifetime Xbox Live Gold membership

You may think your Xbox Live Gamerscore is high among your circle of Xbox 360 and Xbox One friends, but the man who can truly say his score is higher than anyone else got a big surprise as part of Microsoft' New York City launch of the Xbox One Thursday night.

Ray Cox IV, who goes by the Xbox Live Gamertag "Stallion83", currently holds the world record (confirmed by the Guinness company) for the highest Xbox Live Gamerscore. His goal is to reach the 1 million mark and as of Sunday, his Gamerscore on Xbox Live is now over 953,000. He has achieved such a huge score in part by playing Xbox 360 games that were not released for the U.S. market, along with Xbox Live scores that came from mobile games.

The final results impressed Microsoft so much, they invited Cox to attend the company's big Times Square launch event for the Xbox One this week. The Spike TV Xbox One launch show had Cox on camera talking with Microsoft's Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb about his accomplishment.

Hryb then surprised Cox with two gifts during the broadcast. One of the gifts was a rare white Xbox One launch team console. The other gift is something Microsoft has never given anyone else. Hryb handed Cox a box that inside contained the first ever lifetime Xbox Live Gold membership.

Cox was clearly in shock to be presented with such a unique item and later posted an image of the lifetime membership card on his Twitter feed, saying it was the "best gift ever" from the Microsoft Xbox team. By the way, another statement on his Facebook page claims that the card itself is 24k gold.

Source: Ray Cox on Twitter | Images via Ray Cox

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I would just like a way to reset a gamerscore, so I can have the 'fun' of gaining an achievement for games I own again

Considering how much time he's likely already spent getting achievements, do they really think encouraging him to spend his entire life doing so is right?

I would be interested to hear more about Stallion83. Does he have a job? A family? Other interests?

I find it interesting there are two players with 900K scores. Then 3rd place is far far behind. Looks like we have a race! but yeah, he'll be the first to cross 1M unless something happens to the guy.

Brony said,
What he needs : get a real life outside.
What he received : an incentive to stay playing.

:-|

keep at it brony, maybe one day you'll be as famous.

Hello,

Im surprised at all the jealous comments. Guys, its just a Xbox Live Gold lifetime membership. Nothing else.

I'm not thinking this is hating..but it's the fact people think that achieving some gaming score amounts to some kind of knowledge or achievement that means something in the real world.

Getting a high score on Donkey Kong (being sarcastic on the game) is not a real world accomplishment. It's like giving a champion hot dog eater a lifetime supply of Oscar Mayer products.

The "gamers" out there are doing everything they can to try to make gaming some legitimate type of craft or professional trade..like clock making or computer programming or even the NFL...hate to break it to you gamers....it's not.

texasghost said,
I'm not thinking this is hating..but it's the fact people think that achieving some gaming score amounts to some kind of knowledge or achievement that means something in the real world.

It is hating. You are simply wrong saying that getting achievements in games is not a achievement in life. It is no different to running in a marathon or learning to speak a foreign language.

There is this crazy notion that gamers are wasting their time/life by playing games. I am afraid to tell you it is no different to sitting in a park playing chess with strangers or pull out the newspaper and do the crossword puzzle. It is a valid hobby and form of entertainment.

How many of your achievements have been recognised by a governing body? You probably don't aspire to be the best at anything.

thm said,

It is hating. You are simply wrong saying that getting achievements in games is not a achievement in life. It is no different to running in a marathon or learning to speak a foreign language.

There is this crazy notion that gamers are wasting their time/life by playing games. I am afraid to tell you it is no different to sitting in a park playing chess with strangers or pull out the newspaper and do the crossword puzzle. It is a valid hobby and form of entertainment.

How many of your achievements have been recognised by a governing body? You probably don't aspire to be the best at anything.

Again...I know you can't stand the fact someone is saying that gaming is not a career money maker...but that's ok. You keep getting that high score on Donkey Kong. Maybe you will be recognized too...lol.

You do realize that there are plenty of jobs that revolve around gaming and that it is quickly becoming one of the most popular hobbies for people all over the world. Video game launches for games like COD/GTA are the biggest entertainment launches of the year (making more money than any blockbuster movies) and the recent LOL finales had over 32,000,000 viewers worldwide, the winners taking home millions of dollars for just playing a game. So, next time you start talking **** about how gaming isn't a proper career or hobby then maybe try and back it up with some facts other than meaningless bitching,

Jarod-S said,
You do realize that there are plenty of jobs that revolve around gaming and that it is quickly becoming one of the most popular hobbies for people all over the world. Video game launches for games like COD/GTA are the biggest entertainment launches of the year (making more money than any blockbuster movies) and the recent LOL finales had over 32,000,000 viewers worldwide, the winners taking home millions of dollars for just playing a game. So, next time you start talking **** about how gaming isn't a proper career or hobby then maybe try and back it up with some facts other than meaningless bitching,

LOL finales?? Tell me how many people are actually making a steady paycheck playing Donkey Kong?

texasghost said,

Yeah..I know a guy right now that has been trying to do just that...hasn't gotten him anywhere and won't get out of his mother's basement.

You base this on 1 person? A lot of people try to be a lawyer and don't make it either. Stop with the hate.

PixilEyes said,

You base this on 1 person? A lot of people try to be a lawyer and don't make it either. Stop with the hate.

Except you have to go to school to be a lawyer..what school do you go to get the high score on Donkey Kong?

I wish Microsoft would sell lifetime gold member like what TiVo. You pay a lot more but you no longer would need to pay again. $300 is a fair price.

Probably just gold plated, but very cool nonetheless. Not sure what he does for a day job, but I'd call this dedication to gaming.

Jealous of what ? Xbox Live is 60$ a year. With all the time he wastes on games i can make many times this amount a year.

LaP said,
Jealous of what ? Xbox Live is 60$ a year. With all the time he wastes on games i can make many times this amount a year.
he also works at ign which he only got that job because of his dedication to his gamerscore.

Mr.XXIV said,
What about the Achievement hacking issue several years ago? I hope he wasn't a part of that.

I never heard anything about that...

Mr.XXIV said,
What about the Achievement hacking issue several years ago? I hope he wasn't a part of that.

Microsoft do little to stop it occurring today on the Xbox 360 platform (With the exception of world firsts). What makes you think it was only several years ago?

M_Lyons10 said,

I never heard anything about that...

It was possible (might still be) to load someone else's game saves and instantly unlock all of the associated achievements.

gdodson said,

It was possible (might still be) to load someone else's game saves and instantly unlock all of the associated achievements.

Oy! Good grief...

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I am kind of square, could someone please explain what a Gamerscore is?

Your cumulative score for Achievements gained in all of the games you've played.

And that's a crap load...

After years of gaming, I only have 13,000... LOL

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I am kind of square, could someone please explain what a Gamerscore is?

Xbox Live enabled (Majority of Xbox 360) or Games For Windows Live have achievements, achievements have values (typically 100% = 1,000(G)amer score or 200(G) for a mobile / arcade game)
This guy has managed to amass a hell of a score by earning a LOT of achievements on his Xbox gamertag.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
So, how much gaming did this person have to do to get 953,000?

As an example, that would be fully completing all achievements on either:
953 full retail Xbox 360 or GFWL enabled PC games
4,765 Xbox Mobile / Xbox Live mobile games
4,765 Xbox 360 Arcade titles

Indeed. 953000? What the F? If gaming somehow is his job (IGN), then I'd say "get a girlfriend and a life".

Nice card though, so it did pay off for him somehow and shows well on MS...congratulations!

Edited by Thief000, Nov 25 2013, 11:09am :

Elliot B. said,
Sorry but get a job

clearly he makes enough money (or has enough money) where he can do this. Why must you assume everybody who does this is unemployed? maybe he's so successful, this is all he does now.

Looking at their profile and the type of games they've played, I suspect that this is a shared gamertag, ie. he legitimately cheated' his gamerscore

I really doubt this guy has kids.

In fact, kind of hard to believe a score like that is even legit (just think, this guy is competing with "cheaters" who are able to boost their gamerscore several 100k points and we think the guy in first place in no way cheated to achieve that score?).

babyHacker said,
I really doubt this guy has kids.

In fact, kind of hard to believe a score like that is even legit (just think, this guy is competing with "cheaters" who are able to boost their gamerscore several 100k points and we think the guy in first place in no way cheated to achieve that score?).

It is possible. If he has a console for the UK and Japan markets then he could be playing non-US games to achieve it. He could also be just really good at games.

I mean at 1000 GS per game you only need to play 953 games to completion with 100% achievements to get that mark. Then you got all the arcade games...