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Tired of paying for Xbox Live content with Microsoft Points? Your life is about to become so much easier, or at least more consistent. Just like you buy things in the real world with local currency, a new update to XBox 360 will have you plunking down whatever the going rate is in your local currency for all things Xbox Live. Any leftover points will also be converted to their equivalent cash value. [via Engadget]

Microsoft Fights Back Against Gamers Who Allegedly Stole Xbox Currency

Microsoft Fights Back Against Gamers Who Allegedly Stole Xbox Currency

After some gamers took advantage of an exploit that automatically produced codes for Microsoft Points — e-currency that’s used on Xbox Live purchases — Microsoft invalidated the points and may punish those who took advantage. [More]

Microsoft Stops Carnival Trickery, Sells Online Currency In Regular Increments

Microsoft Stops Carnival Trickery, Sells Online Currency In Regular Increments

Microsoft used to pull the old carnival trick while selling you Microsoft points, having you buy them in 1,000 point ($12.50) increments to buy a game that costs 800 points ($10). You’d end up with some left over, which you’d feel as though you were wasting unless you re-upped and bought more games to reduce your balance to zero. Now that’s changed, Kotaku reports: Microsoft lets you buy them in 400 point increments. [More]

UPDATED: Microsoft Will Let You Download Games With 360 Currency It Sells You, CSRs Told Me Otherwise

UPDATED: Microsoft Will Let You Download Games With 360 Currency It Sells You, CSRs Told Me Otherwise

Dork that I am, I got giddy when I heard Microsoft would start selling full downloads of retail Xbox 360 games to hard drives under the new Games on Demand banner. I bought $60 worth of Microsoft points in order to download Call of Duty 2 and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.