Microsoft unveiled the Xbox LIVE Rewards program quite some time ago, since then they have been giving points away as a reward when a user completes a certain task, such as buying something from Xbox LIVE or even upgrading their memberships.

Today they announced that they will be upgrading this scheme on April 1st with a new incentive called MyPunchCard, which could turn out to be an April Fools prank, but I’ll continue.

The new feature will basically reward 360 players with points as they play or buy Arcade games from the LIVE store.

“Only the most devoted Arcade fans have what it takes to black out all three Arcade Punchcards. Those who do will be guaranteed a spot in an upcoming VIP Exclusives. By simply playing your favorite arcade games and adding to your game collection, you can earn rewards in April.”

The reveal goes onto mention how these rewards might be earned and what you will get from them.

  1. Play 20 hours of any combination of arcade games, receive a free avatar item
  2. Purchase any four arcade games for 400 Microsoft Points or more from Xbox LIVE, receive a one month Xbox LIVE Gold membership
  3. Spend 3200 Microsoft Points on arcade games, receive 800 Microsoft Points in return. 

However it seems to be locked to certain games chosen by Microsoft themselves, here’s the list for April:

  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Double Dragon II
  • Motocross Madness
  • Sacred Citadel
  • God Mode
  • Monaco

Oh and if this is simply an April Fools joke, Happy April Fools day!

Source: Major Nelson

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