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When I unlock achievements on Xbox LIVE, I get rewarded with Gold. Here is an example of Gold giving achievements in Wordament worth 10-20G:

Achievements

Collectively, from different games, they accumulate on my profile: Gold

Where can the Gold be used?

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Are you sure that isn't just Gamerscore? –  Fluttershy Oct 12 '12 at 22:18
    
@Fluttershy it sure sounds like Gamerscore. I'd never heard of that before. –  Louis Oct 12 '12 at 22:28
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Gold in this case could just mean you have a Gold account? Trying switching it to silver and see :P –  Samjus Oct 12 '12 at 22:35
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@Samjus it does! I cancelled my subscription and it no longer says Gold. –  Louis Jan 26 '13 at 0:59
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G just means its a gamerscore. Gamerscore is more for bragging rights. Xbox just implemented a rewards program http://rewards.xbox.com/.

If you have a certain amount of gamerscore you are put into three categories which can be found here: http://rewards.xbox.com/myachievements/

Contender - 3000-9999 gamescore and you get this is a reward:

          •A Special Gift during your birthday month

Champion - 10000-24999 gamescore and you get this is a reward:

          •A Special Gift during your birthday month
          •1% Rebate on your Xbox LIVE Marketplace purchases EVERY MONTH*

Legend - 25000+ gamescore and you get this is a reward:

          •A Special Gift during your birthday month
          •2% Rebate on your Xbox LIVE Marketplace purchases EVERY MONTH*
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Nice to see they do have some value other than bragging rights. Signed up! –  Louis Oct 12 '12 at 22:42
    
My birthday gift was 20 microsoft points. I hope they up that next time haha –  Samjus Oct 12 '12 at 23:21
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I think the gold which you are referring to (example: "swipe those tiles 10G") is in fact something called GamerScore (abbreviated G), you can't really use it for anything besides showing your friends and competitors how accomplished you are at a game or games. I do know you get some perks on your b-day but that's about as much as i know. On top of that you can't spend it anywhere, if you had MSP (Microsoft Points) then you could use that at the XBOX Live Marketplace where you can buy games, avatar items, etc.

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