Microsoft sets new guideline for gamerscore and achievements

With the ever increasing craze and excitement around Gamerscore and Achievements, we have recently worked with our publishing partners to implement some new policies for new games coming out.  Here are the basic rules:

1.  All regular disc-based games MUST have 1,000 Gamerscore in the base game.  This means that any consumer who buys a retail game will have the opportunity to unlock the full 1,000 Gamerscore without having to pay for any add-on content.  Note that a publisher may decide to deliver a portion of this Gamerscore via add-on content, but the add-on content will always be free to the consumer.  

2.  Game publishers will have the option to deliver another 250 incremental Gamerscore on top of the 1,000 via add-on content from Marketplace.  This add-on content could be either free or paid.  So if you complete a game and earn the full 1,000 GS, you could by getting new add-on content earn up to a total of 1,250 points from a game.  

3.  Xbox Live Arcade games will operate in similar fashion, but given the size of these titles they will allow you to earn up to 200 Gamerscore from every game and up to another 50 points from add-on content.

I know that with this being a new system and with over 160 Xbox 360 titles in the market today, there have been a few inconsistencies about this in the past.  Good news is that moving forward we have a clear policy that we all can count on when we purchase new retail games or Xbox Live Arcade titles.  A perfect example of this is the recent release of Crackdown, which has delivered 900 Gamerscore today on the retail game disc.  The remaining Gamerscore in Crackdown will be made available, for free, via a future content update.  A number of the title's future Achievements will likely be based on some of the amazing feats executed through the streets of Pacific City, as well as the exciting additional content that Realtime Worlds currently has up its sleeve.

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How about they introduce some sensibility into the system. Its pretty retarded when you have games that you win and get some measly amount of achievement points or even more so you have achievements such as "reach number 1 on the xbox ladder". The points should be rewarding good players but not in the realm of unreachable.

I completely agree. When completing F.E.A.R. I got 45 gamerpoints, whereas finishing Fight Night, etc I get the full 1,000.

Agreed, or if they do implement something like that, make it for a small amount of gamerpoints.

@Lee -- Gamerpoints is about completing certain achievements, not just completing the game. EA shouldn't be lazy enough to just give you the full 1000 after completing the game. Personally I think one rule should be that you can't just get the whole 1000 for just completing the game. But that's just me.

The Teej said,
Agreed, or if they do implement something like that, make it for a small amount of gamerpoints.

@Lee -- Gamerpoints is about completing certain achievements, not just completing the game. EA shouldn't be lazy enough to just give you the full 1000 after completing the game. Personally I think one rule should be that you can't just get the whole 1000 for just completing the game. But that's just me.

That's my point entirely. The gamerpoints on all gamers need to be more even.

A game that implements Gamerpoints very well is Dead Rising. Each achievement is like 35 points I think and you

have to do certain actions in the game like hit ten zombies at once with a bowling ball, save x amount of people

(which is extremely hard to do), kill all psychopaths, find every pp sticker, etc. It makes the game more fun because

you get the main gameplay and storyline finished and then you get to play over but instead of beating it to complete

it like all games (and have fun of course) you get to accomplish other goals which have nothing to do with the game

as a whole. More games need to have achievements impletemented in a similar fasion as Dead Rising has them.

my question is, when is this new Gamerscore and Live Anywhere going to start working? I mean is there a site I can go to actually SEE my gamersscore and show others?

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