6 Myths of Being an Xbox MVP

Whenever I do one of my “best of” or “top lists” features here on UNSCRIPTED XBOX, the feedback is always great.  My latest article about Xbox.com’s 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 bust up all the crazy things that some of you thought were true.

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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.  We’re not employees of Microsoft so we don’t get to collect a check.  There are former XMVPs that have ended up gaining employment within Microsoft but that’s a different animal.  Being selected doesn’t bring any bacon home although as I said, I sure could use the pay increase.

So it’s not true but dammit I wish it were!

XMVPs can’t say anything bad about Microsoft products

This of course is another myth that some of you thought was true about Xbox MVPs.  In fact, I’m going to prove that myth wrong right now.  DRM sucks on the Xbox 360!  See, it’s not true.  I totally bashed the whole DRM thing just now.

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 MVP individually to convey, be those of the light side of the force or the dark side.  It’s a choice made by each.

However, I would highly suggest that you don’t go on a pretty stupid and totally baseless smear campaign.

XMVPs are just stupid little nerds still living with their parents

How do you make the list of Top 10 Cute Boys in Gaming Journalism by being a nerd trapped at your parent’s house?  There’s also an 18-year old age requirement in play that would limit the amount of XMVPs stuck at home.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but it’s just not something that’s the norm.  If you haven’t guessed, this is also a myth.

In fact, there are a large number of Xbox MVPs and MVPs in general that are lawyers, own their own business and are all around studs in life.  Being a nerd isn’t a bad thing mind you but my point is that it’s an eclectic bunch.

Deacon About Deacon
They call me "The Velvet Voice". I like sunshine, games and large amounts of money. I'm a Microsoft Xbox MVP and an Author. Check out the book about my journey through the gaming industry Press X to Reload and The Terribly Terrific Travels of Timber Timmins on Amazon.com. Support the site and buy 'em. Take a look at my About Me bio for more on me.


  1. Lol Deac, I love your writing style. It makes me laugh every time. I’m not kissing ass here. I think you should get free stuff too, but then I think I should get free stuff so that isn’t saying much.

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