The comments on this article just confirm my belief that gamers will whine and b*tch about absolutely anything and everything.
Microsoft offering Avatar armor to gamers who watch at least 30 minutes of three presidential or vice-presidential debates through Xbox 360.
Presidential and vice-presidential debates begin this week for next month's United States election, and gamers seeking to score new outfits for their Avatars may want to tune in. Microsoft has announced a new promotion that rewards gamers who watch debates through Xbox Live with free Halo 4 Avatar armor.
Interested gamers must join Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards program, and watch at least 30 minutes of three of the four presidential and vice-presidential debates. The debate coverage will be available live through Xbox Live's Election 2012 Hub and will air at 9 p.m. EDT on October 3, October 11, October 16, and October 22.
Codes to download the Halo 4 Avatar armor will be distributed through email on or around November 1.
The Xbox Live Election 2012 Hub launched over the summer, and provided video streams of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Additionally, Microsoft again partnered with Rock the Vote to offer voter registration through the hub, which also features regular Obama and Romney campaign coverage.
I don't see what people aren't getting. The point isn't to make you watch the debate if you weren't going to, it is incentive to watch it on Xbox as opposed to cable or online. The more people that watch on Xbox, the more money they get, so they throw this in to help convince people.
Why watch when you can play and throw punches at Barak Obama as Mitt Romney, all while evading the deadly Demon Boss in Dungeon Defenders.You can unlock 2 pets: Democrat Donkey & Republican Elephant, 2 unique weapons: Squire boxing glove weapon & Monk boxing glove weapon, and 4 unlockable outfits: Monk - President Obama, Squire - Mitt Romney, Huntress - Michelle Obama, & Apprentice - George Washington. All for a price of $1.99. Requires the base game Dungeon Defenders on Steam in order to play.
@HIT3kNology lol, with all these political satires popping up, it's like these indy dev's have found a new genre for to do something with, without including zombies, monsters or war for a change.
If you like Mortal Kombat and Politics I came across this just 2 days ago. It's called Political Kombat 12. They've made 3 episodes so far with more planned, it's pretty funny stuff, even if you don't understand the references, enjoy guys:
Here's where it originated at Slate.com:
WTF is microsoft doing? They should fix their operating systems first, then worry about giving out free virtual armor.
@enoslives7 Haha, have you not been around while MS keeps releasing new iterations of its OS's? I don't care how much you hate MS, but you've gotta admit the newer OS's are better than the last-TRUTH
The sad thing is if one candidate was giving us free exclusive DLC I'd vote for them, as once they're in they don't listen to what we want anyway, they're all the same these days. Obama proved that with everything he's continued to support from the Bush admin. and all the important stuff that he's ignored. It seems Romney should be given a chance but really why should we think he'll do any better? If I had it our way we'd get rid of all these clowns and have Ron Paul as the U.S president...and EVERYONE knows it. Cheers.
@LE5LO Ight, so who in their right mind actually thought anyone could fix the dou###baggery Bush left us with in only 4 years? Either way, if what you're saying is true, why should candidates not lie to people who are so easily swayed by "freebies"? hmmmm
@WiteCastle112 Ron Paul could and would have fixed it, end of story. I see what you're saying though. Nice point.
@WiteCastle112 Thanks for the link, that was 'gold' ;) It's important that people here on GS take an interest in serious topics that aren't JUST game related, issues like this are genuinely more important than Halo 4 armor. Zeitgeist 2, Michael Moore, Ron Paul and Alex Jones (among others) have addressed the issue as well.
Putting it simply, the Fed NEEDS to be dissolved and public awareness is a good start to instigate this.
The corruption and bribery in congress makes it hard for us to do anything, but if everyone knows about the Fed and makes their voice heard, soon enough we'll be to rid the world of this greedy, insane minority that still pull the strings. Cheers man, keep spreading the good word. Jim.
American gamers will just log in for the first 3 candidates and then switch off their 360's when the 4th comes on to unlock this. Simple as that, so my question is why do they even bother with this crap? Statistically all it shows is people like freebies and will tune in for a petty incentive, and why do they believe their console needs to cover-free to air T.V now and do everything except for cater to the people that buy them to actually play VIDEO-GAMES and get away from what's being aired on all the awful T.V stations of this world?
If even ONE person becomes informed, then it is worth it.
@madden75 agreed, but sadly all the informative stuff is bull just to get votes, we are lied to by Obama time and time again, it was the same with Bush Jr. and it will be the same with Romney if he's elected. All this dirty business with the CIA and the military industrial complex and the mainstream media just reads the bull story they're given by them without question. Luckily there's a good, honest journalist like Ben Swan and shock jocks like Alex Jones still exist to expose information the mainstream won't go near though. In other words, to be informed; don't bother with the debates. It's all white-wash. Watch or listen to the two I mentioned above. They'll give you a much better understanding of American and global affairs. Damn, even Russia Today is less biased and more informative than American media.
Forget armour. I want an Osama bin Laden avatar, "Praise Allah American infidels!" *Shoots snub nose AK into the air.
If I was going to watch the debates tonight - I would simply turn on my TV, or DVR then (which is moore likely) - as opposed to turning on my 360, signing-in, and then watching a weakened video feed.
US elections are so weird to the rest of the world. Every 4 years they make you choose between 2 guys... And then they act like a new king is born:P Chaaaaange!! LOL
@brainiac1988 It always comes down to two people. But the process of narrowing down the candidates is years in the making.
Nice promotion. I'm studying US government right now, and my teacher asked us to watch it. \\(^0^)//
What does Halo 4 have to do with the presidential debate? This has "bribe" written all over it. It surprises me, though. Are you so desperate, Microsoft? ...May as well shout from a roof top with hands clutched together and puppy-dog eyes, "PLEASE, use our console!". It just doesn't make sense. This actually turns me away from watching it on the 360.
Oh great, I'm pissed off again.
Kind of a sad way to market the media uses of the Xbox most users don't care much about.
Kind of funny also since a lot of the people that would care about the armor, care very little about the elections.
May as well.If we're not careful, the wrong elected official will try and turn on games.
We may as well get involved and make our voices heard. This, of course, is just a small first step.
@aussiemuscle I hope you are not an American. If you are. You are EXACTLY what is wrong with this country.
@inaka_rob @aussiemuscleYou're EXACTLY what's wrong with America. You have more to gain watching two sheep in a heated discussion BAHHing at eachother than watching a bunch of old men trying really hard to do better than the other. Besides there are more important things to watch, like Spongebob Squarepants.
Umm. No thanks because that will be an hour that I will never get back in my life. Heck you could even work minimum wage for that extra hour and buy yourself more avatar clothes than you need. Every scenario says that you are the loser if you actually waste your time watching those debates just for Halo 4 armor.
@Trickymaster Your dumb all you have to do is play it and do something else. Like earn $7.25 which won't get you much. So if you go to work for one hour just to get $7.25 your a loser.
So we get to watch two of the biggest retards in the U.S. throw mud at each other and dodge important questions, and then get rewarded with some digital clothes? Yeah, no thanks.
Besides, most people will just turn on the debate and leave it running while they do something more productive.
wow~ I actually really like the idea of trying to get gamers politically involved. After all, presidential candidates have been advertising in games already!
Good for them but... Unless it requires interaction during the debate I'm assuming many people would do like I would and press play on the XBox, then input on my TV and watch something else...
I wonder why Microsoft spent zillion for marketing rather than developing good games that they're lacking.
I guess they're doing this as a way to make it seem like they really want people to vote rather than go out and get Halo 4 and play it all day... I'll be doing the latter. Still, I suppose if you were to watch the debates at least now you get a bonus for doing so.
And also, if you're going to incentivize people, do it with something other than dress up clothes for your digital doll, for fvck's sake. I would be embarrassed to admit that I watched a political debate just so I could get free duds for my fake doll.
Hey guys, it's Microsoft pushing people to do more things other than playing games on their Xbox! Look at the shock on my face! What a sad sham this system has become.
anybody else feel like this is an effort to make xbox seem like a viable platform for political advertisement, and thus be able to charge campaigns for ad space?
@Inferi-Fang Why even vote at all? On November 6th I know what I'm NOT gonna be doing & what I AM gonna be doing :D (HINT: It involves Forerunners & teabagging online)
@Inferi-Fang Gravemind 2012!
@Spartan_418 No, We need the Master Chief in office lol. Gravemind plans out infecting everyone! Cortana would be first lady.
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