At first I had absolutely no idea what was going on in this video. But eventually it made sense; and when it did, I actually thought it was kinda cool. What you're seeing is a hybrid between art and programming, and it's called illucia.
Microsoft points are the digital currency you use to buy Xbox and Zune content, and you can buy cards that are pre-loaded with points to enter in to your account. Problem? Just like with the iTunes gift cards, somebody discovered the algorithm Microsoft uses to generate valid codes, and loosed it onto the internet.
Bing! Are you using it? Some of you are. Not enough, according to Microsoft, so they're resorting to a strategy seldom seen since the bubble days of the late '90s and early '00s and giving you rewards to use their service.
Here's an interesting fact about Microsoft Points-the fake currency used in the Xbox 360 and Zune Marketplaces-that we just learned yesterday: points expire. If you've got promotional, contest, or giveaway points from Microsoft for doing something or other, you should check out their billing site. These actually…
With the recent release of both the Xbox 360 Video store and the Zune—which use Microsoft Marketplace instead of cash—we thought it'd be useful to have a converter to show you exactly how much that 320 point Nacho Libre rental would cost in real money.
When we last left off, the consensus was that Microsoft was still planning on rewarding song sharing with the Zune. Now we've got pretty much confirmation—unofficial, that is—that Microsoft is planning this feature.