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New Game Introduces Microsoft Points to Windows Phone
Posted By Joshua Condon On July 22, 2011 @ 6:24 pm In Apps,Gaming,Smartphones and PDAs | No Comments
Gamers using the Xbox  and Games for Windows platforms are already familiar with Microsoft Points (aka Xbox points), a virtual currency used for in-game microtransactions. An upcoming game for Windows Phone  called Birds & Beaks, developed internally by Microsoft Game Studios, now brings the in-application purchases into the Windows Phone universe–though given current trends, it could lead to a legal challenge.
Microtransactions within games are nothing new; in Birds & Beaks, as with many other games such as Angry Birds, players can use real-world currency to bypass certain limitations set within the game’s universe–unlocking levels, say, or re-upping ammunition.
Windows Phone is the sole platform for the new Microsoft game, which helps tie the hardware into the Xbox ecosystem; however, the very act of incorporating in-game transactions comes with the possibility of legal action. A number of developers incorporating in-app purchasing functionality within the iOS and Android platforms have been sued for patent infringement by Lodsys, LLC; while Microsoft has a patent agreement with Intellectual Ventures–who owned the patents in question before Lodsys–that should cover them, Google enjoys a similar agreement and yet found itself the target of legal action nonetheless.
Whether Lodsys has a rightful claim–Ars Technica refers to the company as a “patent troll”–and Redmond’s legal might aside, the new functionality may cause Microsoft some legal headaches. (Disclosure: I run the Exhaust Notes  blog on MSN Autos , which is, obviously, owned by Microsoft.)
Read more at Ars Technica .
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URLs in this post:
 Xbox: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/PC
 Windows Phone: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/features/default.aspx?qstr=WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=Search&cmpid=5841D5E4-D57D-4E0F-BBD4-0F327B06AE8D
 Exhaust Notes: http://technology.inc.com//www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/10-rules-of-thumb-for-dealing-with-the-dealer.aspx#ixzz1SWjjtzxE
 MSN Autos: http://home.autos.msn.com/default.aspx
 Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/07/beards-beaks-brings-microsoft-points-microtransactions-dlc-to-windows-phone.ars
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