I wrote an article on U360 and here she is for my Destructoid peeps!
My latest article about Xbox.comís Super MVP feature led to some interesting emails with questions about the program. I figured I would become Deacon, the Mythbuster, for a minute to give you all yet another great read. (because I love you all so)
XMVPs are paid by Microsoft to spread Xbox love across the interwebs
- Although I could use more money with the pay increase, the truth is that this is a myth. Weíre not employees of Microsoft so we donít get to collect a check. There are former XMVPs that have ended up gaining employment within Microsoft but thatís a different animal. Being selected doesnít bring any bacon home to daddy.
XMVPs canít say anything bad about Microsoft products
- This of course is another myth believed about Xbox MVPs. In fact, Iím going to prove that myth wrong right now. DRM sucks on the Xbox 360! SeeÖitís not true. Contrary to popular opinion, there are no off-limit subjects. Many of the things that play a part in selection revolve around having a strong, unbiased opinion within the community. The type of opinions are up to each XMVP individually to convey be they of the light side of the force or the dark side. Itís a choice made by each.
XMVPs are just stupid little nerds still living with their parents
- Come on. How do you make the list of Top 10 Cute Boys in Gaming Journalism by being a nerd trapped at your parentís house? Thereís also an 18-year old age requirement in play that would limit the amount of XMVPs stuck at home. Not that thereís anything wrong with it, but itís just not something thatís the norm. If you havenít guessed, this is also a myth.
You have to have a blog, a website or a podcast to be an XMVP
- While it may seem that way, there are no rules that say you can only be an Xbox MVP if you maintain some sort of interweb presence. There are dozens of XMVPs and not all of them host a show or blog about the latest things in the community. Does doing more in the community by way of blog, podcast or some other means help? Ofcourse it does but itís not a requirement. Chalk this up as another myth.
XMVPs get free Xbox Live subscriptions and free consoles
- Some of these myths I wish were true but theyíre really just wishful thinking. Let it be known though that Iím an advocate to implement this! Iíd actually like to be the first to suggest this be included as a perk with the selection. It only makes sense to make sure your vessel of Xbox love is properly equipped. As it stands right now, however, free subscriptions to Xbox Live and free consoles arenít a part of the deal.
XMVPs are permanent members of the program
- Myth. The award period of an Xbox MVP only lasts one year. If you see an XMVP for more than a year, itís because theyíve done something equally as awesome as they did to gain the first award and were selected again. Just take me for example. Iíve been totally awesome for 2 years now but my awesomeness may run out in October and Iíll be super-power disabled returning to mere civilian status. Holy Cartridge Belt Deacon. Yeah, the thought is madness!
(Noob Tube edit lol...sorry guys...you know how it is)