Many gamers panicked this morning when their Gamerscores—records of everything they've done on their Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles—zeroed out. Microsoft says not to worry. They've resolved the issue.
Maybe it's due to the slumping sales of Xbox Live Arcade games that game developers have been complaining about. Or maybe we can call it Gamerscore inflation. Or is Microsoft just being generous?
Because why not? Gamer Stallion83, aka Raymond Cox, is on a quest: to be the first Xbox 360 owner to earn a gamerscore of one million.
Last year, we profiled Kristen, the stay-at-home mom whose 165,000 Gamerscore made her the No. 5 female worldwide. She set 200,000 as a retirement mark. Monday, she reached it. Does she still plan to put the controller down?
Stallion83 holds the Guinness World Record for the highest gamerscore in the world, and he's just reached 500,000 gamerscore points. Think you can catch up?
Bungie's latest update features the icon art for all 49 achievements in Halo: Reach, but didn't name or provide the GamerScore payout for all of them. Still, here's what we do know:
Achievement Point Trivia is an iPhone app that's as self-explanatory as it gets.
Does your Gamerscore not end in a zero or a five? And does that bug you? If so, you're a little weird, but you're also lucky. There's a guy who knows how to help you out.
It's 9 p.m. and I've lost my fifth straight game of Madden NFL Arcade to the same person, each time by 30-0. My opponent has a gamerscore of more than 165,000. But it's not because she's good at football.
1-point Xbox 360 Achievements have been done before, but they're rare. (Forza 2 has a pair.) If you play DJ Hero, prepare to gain a single point.
For Xbox Live Gold members playing Microsoft's next experiment, Achievement points — lots of them — will be free.
Microsoft's only on-the-record guidance on how Achievements are approved came more than two years ago, and the maximums it set then have been easily surpassed. Xbox360Achievements.org says it's learned of new policies on Gamerscore ceilings.
Forget HD graphics. The one really new thing the 360 (and now the PS3) have brought to this generation of gaming is achievements. But how do you design them? What makes 'em tick?
Microsoft is investigating a problem with expiring email addresses that is causing some Xbox Live users to abandon their Gamertags and start fresh, losing any progress they've accumulated over the past few years.
Sorry to keep hitting you with these bad news stories. Maybe things will get happier next week. But today, things are bleak, with news now that Microsoft's Gamerscore blog team have been laid off.
Gamerscore Blog, an important part of Microsoft's Xbox community outreach for several years, is being retired. Microsoft will now focus that effort through Xbox.com and the Xbox dashboard.