One million hours is a lot of video game time. Microsoft is putting out an incentive to get Japanese gamers to spend it with Xbox 360 instead of other hardware. Microsoft Japan’s Aim to Do It! One Million Hours Campaign will reward all Xbox Live members – free and gold subscribers – with Microsoft Points for playing Xbox 360 between April 20 and June 19.
If Japan spends 300,000 hours on Xbox 360 during that time Xbox Live gold members will get 100 MSP and Xbox Live free members get 10 MSP. Reach 500,000 hours of cumulative playtime and gold members net 200 MSP while free members get 20 MSP. If Japan makes it to a million hours, Microsoft Japan will give 400 MSP to gold members (enough to get some older XBLA games) and 30 MSP for free members.
The catch is not all Xbox 360 games are counted towards Japan’s Xbox 360 play time. You have to be playing one of these 20 games:
Forza Motorsport 4
Dance Central 2
Gears of War Judgment
Far Cry 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Resident Evil: Revelations
Resident Evil 6
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Child of Eden
Monster Hunter Frontier G or Monster Hunter Frontier
Of course, only consoles that are connected online count towards the total too and participants must enroll in Xbox Live Rewards. Will Japan be able to do it? We’ll find out in June.