Is XBLA's New Party Piece Worth The Points?
As if any of us needed another reason to close the curtains, put a fresh set of batteries into the controller and spend entire days snuggling with our consoles, Microsoft has invited all XBox Live! members to join them on Wednesday for the start of a month long event called either 'House Party!' or 'Block Party!' depending on your locality. Much like last year's 'Summer Of Arcade', the event will involve the release of four titles, a selection of knick knacks for your avatar and a number of promotions designed to make you feel better about spending all your wages on Microsoft Points.
Doors to the party will officially open on the 3rd of March with the release of Toy Soldiers for 1200 points, followed by Scrap Metal on the 10th for the same amount and Perfect Dark a week later on the 17th for a reduced cost of 800 points. Closing the party out on the 24th will be the release of Game Room, which will act as a complimentary shopping mall for an array of classic arcade games, ranging from between 240 and 400 each or 40 points for a single play.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of content to be survey as part of this event, so instead of rushing through it and producing a Great Wall of Text running the length of the site, we will be providing previews of each game every Tuesday and a grind every Thursday, by which point I expect to see everyone passed out on a vomit covered pile of expired Gold Membership Cards.
Until then, we will have to make do with discussing whether the concept of XBox Live! events is purely to con people into parting with more points than they would normally, or whether the community spirit it engenders is worth every penny.