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The Xbox Live Marketplace (XBLM) is a virtual market designed for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console that allows Xbox Live members to download purchased or promotional content. The service offers movie and game trailers, game demos, Xbox Live Arcade games, gamer tag images, and Xbox 360 Dashboard themes. Image File history File links Xblmlogo. ... Image File history File links Xblmlogo. ... Electronic trading is a mode of trading that uses information technology to bring together a buyer and a seller through electronic media to create a virtual market place. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... Movie trailers are film advertisements for films that will be exhibited in the future at a cinema, on whose screen they are shown; they are commonly known as previews of coming attractions. ... Demo disc released with a magazine. ... Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 owners and from late 2007 to Games for Windows - Live users [1]. The service was first launched in late 2004 and offers games from about US$5... An avatar (abbreviations include AV, ava, avie, avy, avi, avvie, avis, and avvy) is an Internet users representation of himself or herself, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games,[1] a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on Internet forums and other communities,[2... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... In computing, skins and themes are custom graphical appearances (GUIs) that can be applied to certain software and websites in order to suit the different tastes of different users. ...


The Spring 2007 update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard relocated the Marketplace to its own "blade" in order to bring more attention to the service and make it more accessible to users.

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Microsoft Points

Main article: Microsoft Points

Microsoft Points are used as scrip in the Xbox Live Marketplace, which includes the Xbox Live Arcade. These points may be purchased with a credit card through the Xbox Live Marketplace, or redeemed from gift cards purchased at a bricks and mortar business. Microsoft Points are the currency of the Xbox Live Marketplace and Zune online stores. ... Scrip is any substitute for currency which is not legal tender, and is often a form of credit. ... Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 owners and from late 2007 to Games for Windows - Live users [1]. The service was first launched in late 2004 and offers games from about US$5... Scrip is any substitute for currency which is not legal tender. ... In the jargon of eCommerce, brick and mortar businesses are companies that have a physical presence (for example, a building made of bricks and mortar) and offer face-to-face consumer experiences, as opposed to an Internet-only presence (see online shop for comparison). ...


Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360 Dashboard
Main article: Xbox Live Arcade

The service was launched beginning November 22, 2005 on the Xbox 360. The Arcade service is integrated with the Dashboard user interface, allowing for distribution through the Xbox Live Marketplace using Microsoft Points. Arcade titles on the Xbox 360 support accurate and up-to-date leaderboards, with high scores linked to a player's gamertag. Players can see where they stand in the Xbox Live community, take a look at the records set by the world's top-ranked players, or see how they match up against individuals on their friends list. Titles can also contribute to a player's Xbox Live GamerScore, with each game containing 200 Gamerpoints spread over a maximum of 12 achievements. Image File history File linksMetadata Xladb. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Xladb. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 owners and from late 2007 to Games for Windows - Live users [1]. The service was first launched in late 2004 and offers games from about US$5... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ...


Xbox Originals

On December 4, 2007 Microsoft will launch a new download service called Xbox Originals which allows Xbox Live users to download Xbox games directly to their hard disk. These titles will cost 1200 Microsoft Points ($15 USD) each. Launch titles for the service include Halo, Fable, Psychonauts, Burnout 3: Takedown, and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.[1] Xbox Originals downloads will contain the entire game at DVD sizes of 2 to 7 gigabytes, minus demos and game trailers that have been stripped out.[2] is the 338th day of the year (339th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The Xbox 360 game console, developed by Microsoft, features a number of first-party and third-party accessories. ... Microsoft Points are the currency of the Xbox Live Marketplace and Zune online stores. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Fable is a video game for Xbox. ... This article for the video game; for other uses, see Psychonaut (disambiguation). ...


Video Marketplace

The Video Marketplace
The Video Marketplace

The Video Marketplace is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute television shows and movies to Xbox 360 owners. The service was launched in USA on November 22, 2006 via Xbox Live. Initial content partners include Paramount Pictures, CBS, TBS, MTV Networks, UFC, NBC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Other movie studios have since supported the service including Lionsgate Films and Walt Disney Pictures as announced at E3 2007. [1] At the present time, the service is only available to users in the United States, however Microsoft intends to bring the service to Canada and Europe by the end of 2007. Image File history File links Xboxmarketplace. ... Image File history File links Xboxmarketplace. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... TBS also stands for Tokyo Broadcasting System, a Japanese television network. ... MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands, including the first MTV channel. ... UFC is a TLA that can stand for Ultimate Fighting Championship Umeå FC This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the television network. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Lions Gate redirects here. ... Old logo from 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the... E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E³, was an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association. ...


Various films and TV shows are available for purchase on the Video Marketplace, including both past and present series, such as Star Trek and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[3] TV shows will be saved permanently while movies are only "rentals"; they will become unwatchable 24 hours after initial viewing or 14 days after purchase. This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ...


At launch, the Video Marketplace encountered widespread problems such as lengthy download times, duplicate billing for the same content, and downloads that could not complete, or for which users would have had to repay to complete.[4] Since then, all such problems have been resolved.


On March 6, 2007, the South Park episode "Good Times with Weapons" was available for free download. However, this episode was free only for the HDTV version until April 3, 2007. Starting on March 13, 2007, all episodes from South Park's 11th season were offered uncensored. Also, starting on July 26, 2007, the pilot episode of Jericho was available for download free of charge for both the Standard and HD versions. is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Good Times with Weapons is episode 801 of South Park. ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 72nd day of the year (73rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Taking of Jericho, by Jean Fouquet Near central Jericho, November 1996 Jericho (Arabic  , Hebrew  , ʼArīḥā; Standard YÉ™riḥo Tiberian YÉ™rîḫô / YÉ™rîḥô; meaning fragrant.[1] Greek Ἱεριχώ) is a town in Palestine, located within the Jericho Governorate, near the Jordan River. ...


Xbox Live Pipeline

Xbox Live Pipeline was a website that allowed users to view downloadable content available through Xbox Live Marketplace on their PC. Launched by Microsoft on October 12, 2006 the Flash-based web site provided access to an easy-to-use listing of game downloads, demos, game videos, themes, gamer pictures, and other pieces of media content. Image File history File links Xlplogo. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (938x616, 421 KB) Xbox Live Pipeline Main Page This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At website launch, the site contained 6 main sections:

  • Game Downloads - Xbox Live Arcade games and add-ons available for existing games.
  • Demos and Game Videos - Downloadable demos and trailers for currently released or future release games.
  • Themes and Gamer Pics - Themes for the console's interface and gamer pictures for a user's avatar.
  • Media and Entertainment - Trailers for movies, short films, sports, music, and TV content, along with videos from the gaming community.
  • Editor's Choice - Featured items chosen by the site's editors.
  • We Need Your Help - Surveys inquiring as to how to improve the site.

As of the beginning of 2007, the Xbox Live Pipeline website redirects to the standard Xbox site, which now contains most of the functionality of Pipeline.


This site is no longer active and the domain has changed ownership.


Criticism

Problems with replacement consoles

Per Marketplace design, the digital rights management license for downloaded content is tied to both a specific user, as well as to a specific console. This means that to access the content, the user either needs to be signed on to Xbox Live using their Gamertag, or be playing on the original console the content was purchased on.[5] Digital rights management (DRM) is an umbrella term that refers to access control technologies used by publishers and other copyright holders to limit usage of digital media or devices. ...


As a result, users with replacement consoles (either as a result of a warranty claim, or due to an upgrade to the Xbox 360 Elite model) cannot use the content they have downloaded without being connected to Xbox Live. This has the effect of restricting usage of purchased content when no Internet connection is available. Currently (Sept 2007), Microsoft has no procedure for transferring ownership between consoles. However, if the replacement was due to a warranty issue, users can contact XBox support to receive a refund of the points necessary to buy the content again on the new console, removing the internet connection requirement. The Xbox 360 Elite console. ...


Also for some users if they had multiple accounts in one hard drive the downloaded content bought by one account would be shared with all the others. Meaning if account "A" downloaded something account "B" and "B" will and etc would also have the content. If your console is then sent to repair the other accounts will lose the downloaded content and the original account that downloaded it will be the only one able to use and even so it has the limitation of only working when online


Pricing

Most criticisms leveled at the Xbox Live service concern the Xbox Live Marketplace. The service has come under fire from both gamers and the gaming press for charging for downloadable content. In many such cases, users were expecting instead that such content would be made available for free.


A notable incident was Microsoft charging for a Gears of War map pack that developer Epic wished to give away for free (although four months later it was released for free in September 2007).[6] Adding fuel to the flames, Game Informer made somewhat erroneous and incomplete claims that Microsoft forced other companies to charge for content they wanted to distribute for free.[7] In this case, Microsoft Publishing was responsible for setting the price, with this not actually being a policy of the Xbox team or Xbox Live Marketplace as was implied. Free content is indeed possible, as evidenced by the release of a complete Xbox Live Arcade game, Aegis Wing, for users in North America. Gears of War is a tactical third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games (the creators of the Unreal series) using Unreal Engine 3. ... Epic Games, also known as Epic and formerly as Epic MegaGames, is a computer game development company based in Cary, North Carolina, United States. ... Game Informer (often abbreviated to GI) is an American-based monthly magazine featuring articles, news, strategy and reviews of popular video games and associated consoles. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 owners and from late 2007 to Games for Windows - Live users [1]. The service was first launched in late 2004 and offers games from about US$5... Aegis Wing is an upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game developed by Carbonated Games and scheduled to be released on May 16, 2007. ...


Another topic for criticism is that most of the available downloads in the U.S. are not available for other global subscribers. The Video Marketplace, for example, is not available in other regions outside the US. However it will be released in Europe and Canada in Autumn 2007 (but as of September 2007, Canada and Europe still pay the same price as US subscribers, with less features), although some other content such as themes or game demos, are still not available in other regions than the US.


Content Region Controls

After the Spring 2007 dashboard update[8], Microsoft made their grip on the regional content restriction even tighter. This made obtaining entertainment content for international markets impossible, while the US market has a substantial offering in comparison.


Critics of the International marketplaces want Microsoft to push harder to deliver quality content world-wide, or at the very least offer local content on a region by region basis. Presently, it seems that they have taken an all-regions-or-nothing approach to the problem. They argue that it's mainly about "legal restrictions" and the difficulty in attaining "global rights".


References

  1. ^ Microsoft To Launch Downloadable Xbox Game Campaign. Retrieved on 2007-11-13.
  2. ^ Original Xbox Games Available on Live Soon, Plus Free Arcade Game Today. Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
  3. ^ First Wave of TV Shows and Movies on Xbox Live. Retrieved on 2006-11-24.
  4. ^ Tech problems hit XBL video marketplace. Retrieved on 2006-11-27.
  5. ^ Xbox.com "Shop 'till you Drop" (subsection):Usage restrictions. Retrieved on 2007.
  6. ^ Gears of War Map Pack Live on Thursday. Retrieved on 2007-07-06.
  7. ^ www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5359&Itemid=2. Retrieved on 2007-07-06.
  8. ^ Xbox 365.

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External links

  • Official Xbox Live Marketplace Website
  • Xbox Live Video Offerings In HD, Up-to-date listing of all Xbox Live content in High-definition (movies, TV shows, trailers, clips, etc.)

 
 

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