is a Microsoft
program designed to give both casual and hardcore players incentives to play games
on the Xbox 360
. This works by having gamers register online for specific challenges, with completion then tracked by the system whenever the gamer is connected to Xbox Live
. Gamers who successfully complete a challenge, such as earning a certain quantity of achievement points within a given time period, can earn physical or virtual rewards.
In order to register with the program the participant has to live in the United States
or United Kingdom
, be at least 13 years old, have access to an Xbox 360
, and have a valid Windows Live ID
with an Xbox Live gamercard linked to it. However, since the challenges are sponsored by specific companies, certain challenges may require specific games or codes from non-Microsoft
This program was initiated on February 12, 2007 with the "Old Spice Experience Challenge". Since then, the program has languished, with the primary URL
now generating a "page not found" error when visited.
After initially registering, the gamer is placed into one of three different brackets or levels, based on current Gamerscore
. According to Microsoft, this value is meant to be an annual calculation, with gamers being required to continue to increase their Gamerscore on a regular basis in order to avoid dropping in level. However, to-date, levels are not calculated based on time, only on total Gamerscore. The levels... Read More