As pointed out in our news round up earlier today, Xbox LIVE Rewards is offering free Microsoft Points to dedicated Halo 4 players, but with the top tier reward requiring six hours of gameplay a day for the remainder of November, is the promotion irresponsible?
Microsoft has already endured some heat from certain sections of the American media this week, after deciding to drop one of the year’s biggest games on the day of the US presidential election.
Now just a day after its rather controversial release date, Halo 4 is once again coming in for criticism due to another surprising decision from Microsoft. As part of the Xbox LIVE Rewards program that offers prizes and most prominently Microsoft Points for fulfilling certain criteria, such as completing a survey or renewing Gold membership, now gamers can earn up to 600msp if they spend 140 hours in Halo 4’s multiplayer over the course of November.
That’s nearly six days in total, if you start today it equates to an average of 6 hours every single day until November 30th. Now videogames are fantastic, wonderful things as we all know, but everything has its limit. Games are a form of entertainment and it seems extremely inappropriate of a massive company to encourage such crazy usage. Not to mention the hot water Microsoft could find themselves in if a child, or anyone else for that matter, ends up in hospital after another infamous gaming binge.
What do you think, are Microsoft doing anything wrong by offering such a promotion?