Celebrate 10 Years of Xbox Live With Free Stuff

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Celebrate 10 Years of Xbox Live With Free Stuff

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Gamers have accumulated a combined Gamerscore of over 270 billion on Xbox Live.

Oh, they grow up so fast! Xbox Live turns ten years old today, and Microsoft is celebrating with some gifts for gamers. Today and tomorrow, the recent Summer of Arcade Kinect title Wreckateer will be available for the low, low price of free. You can also get a chance to win a very limited edition Xbox 360 console by downloading a special 10th anniversary gamer pic.

There are even more Xbox Live deals to be had over the next few days as the birthday party continues. If you missed out on Xbox Live Arcade fan favorites Castle Crashers, Battlefield 1943, Fruit Ninja Kinect, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Bastion, Peggle, or Full House Poker, now's the time to buy. These games are all 50% off until November 22.

Xbox Live made its way to the original Xbox a year after Microsoft's first console launched, and it's come a long way since then. According to Xbox Live Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten, "14.5 billion Achievements have been unlocked worldwide" on the service, "accumulating a total combined Gamerscore of more than 270 billion." In 2012, an average of 9.4 million gamers enjoyed online multiplayer on Xbox Live every week.

The free and discounted games are on sale now, so feel free to get downloading.

Source: Major Nelson

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That is beautiful, you scored yourself a free game! Now just buy a Kinect to use it.

I wonder if next up they will offer some free demos and a 90 minute feature film of ads.

Oh look at that. The competition to win a limited edition 360 "is not available in your region" (UK). Thanks for thinking about us Microsoft :(

Bastion would be nice since I can't get it to work on my computer.

TimeLord:
Oh look at that. The competition to win a limited edition 360 "is not available in your region" (UK). Thanks for thinking about us Microsoft :(

That's one achievement they'll never unlock :P

Oh goody, they have a sale on about 7 or 8 games... They are so generous, I wonder why no other company does sales like these ever... *Cough* PS+, Steam*

No but seriously, Microsoft are so incredibly uptight about game sales it's unbelievable. And as Mr.K. pointed out, the free game is Kinect. The only ones who can benefit from this are people who buy Kinect. They are just shamelessly trying to add something to reasons for people to buy a Kinect.

I don't care if people see this as "OH MY GOD THEY'RE JUST DOING YOU A FAVOR AND DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR A CHANGE!" because the fact is that they have foul intentions behind this 'nice thing'.

Gamerpic isn't available outside of the United States, so that's s**t. Game is uninteresting and presumably needs Kinect? Pointless. Other s**t at half-price? I won't buy anything on XBL since MS were happier for hackers to steal 150 from me than to keep a customer. Wonderful offer, I'm glad I was a part of the celebration. *rolleyes*

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Way to take a happy occasion and trash it with your cynicism, guys. Really? You came here to complain, yet again, about Micro$oft's business practices that at this point is far beyond old news? How about talking about something else for a change?

Like how far Xbox Live as come since the days of Halo 2?

Christ, you guys are buzz-kills. Grow up.

OT: What a 10 years it has been. I remember the days of the Xbox 1 and its crude interface. It was a different era. Now look where we are, eh? How time flies.

Thank you, M$, for the sweepstakes gamer picture and the free Kinect game. Those of us with Kinects will enjoy it.

Aw, I bought Wreckateer when it was new. :(

Wait, some people don't have Bastion? GO BUY IT NAO!

On the upside to the negativity, people who have paid for xbox live since it was first released have gotten free 360s.

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Sarah LeBoeuf:
You can also get a chance to win a very limited edition Xbox 360 console by downloading a special 10th anniversary gamer pic.

I read the T&C and it's US residents only. I'm surprised it's not even North America, just US only.

Sucks ass. Apparently being american gets you invited to all of the parties...

Palademon:
On the upside to the negativity, people who have paid for xbox live since it was first released have gotten free 360s.

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you lucky bastard??

ForgottenPr0digy:
you lucky bastard??

Not mine, unfortunately. Never got internet for my original box.
Just saw it on imgur the other day.

I think what Xbox live offers is pretty good, and its the best console service.

But a couple months ago I just could no longer really find a reason to justify paying for it now that I've been playing mostly Pc, or single player Xbox games.

I just don't really think its worth the price of the monthly fee just so Microsoft can withhold game content for the Xbox only.

Palademon:

ForgottenPr0digy:
you lucky bastard??

Not mine, unfortunately. Never got internet for my original box.
Just saw it on imgur the other day.

Oh Okay sorry about called you a bastard

ForgottenPr0digy:
Oh Okay sorry about called you a bastard

No problem. I often use the phrase "lucky bastard".

Also, I am a bastard.

Bastion here we come then! I've been waiting for that to drop in price.

Screw you microsoft. Your stupid US elitist club sucks

So assuming if I lived in the US I could use my Xbox 360 to win an Xbox 360?

Uh yeah ... amazing.

Cheers!

Oh wait "not available in your country". Well that sucks.

OH WAIT You need to kinect to play Wreckateer. Oh, fuck you then.

Evil Smurf:
Wait, some people don't have Bastion? GO BUY IT NAO!

Never!

I honestly didn't enjoy it when I played the demo. And before you say the music is great, I have the soundtrack and love it to bits.

chimpzy:
So assuming if I lived in the US I could use my Xbox 360 to win an Xbox 360?

Uh yeah ... amazing.

You could sell the "very limited edition" Xbox 360 *wink wink*.

Man, i have been with Xbox Live since 2002, why didnt I get a new Xbox, (i actually need one, got rid of mine a couple of weeks ago before it died totally.)

Of well, i guess i will settle on the 10 year helmet i got for free. hat i cant really download because i dont have an Xbox...Yet STILL paying for Xbox live. I love it that much, that i will pay for it without the ability to use it, LOL.

CardinalPiggles:

chimpzy:
So assuming if I lived in the US I could use my Xbox 360 to win an Xbox 360?

Uh yeah ... amazing.

You could sell the "very limited edition" Xbox 360 *wink wink*.

And use that money to buy games or something else. I don't give a hoot about it being a limited edition or special and such, so yeah, that is indeed what I would do.

But unfortunately, I don't live in the US. Neither do any of the other offers appeal very much due to either being a game I already own, a game I don't want or a game that would require a €150 investment.

It's all rather lackluster too. I mean, it's their 10 year anniversary. One would expect something meatier.

CardinalPiggles:
Cheers!
Oh wait "not available in your country". Well that sucks.
OH WAIT You need to kinect to play Wreckateer. Oh, fuck you then.

Evil Smurf:
Wait, some people don't have Bastion? GO BUY IT NAO!

Never!
I honestly didn't enjoy it when I played the demo. And before you say the music is great, I have the soundtrack and love it to bits.

Damn, counted!

Actually I've been thinking of getting a game console, I'll probably get a WiiU.

Evil Smurf:
Wait, some people don't have Bastion? GO BUY IT NAO!

I might download the trial when I'm not busy playing Halo 4. Or Minecraft. Or Gotham City Imposters. Or Iron Brigade if I'm in the mood. Although actually buying it is probably out of the question unless I really like it and can buy it for 400MS points or less.(I'm kind of broke)

OT: Yeah, I think I'll pass on the whole celebration thing unless I know I'm going to get something I actually want.

Great if your still into xbox like I was 3 years ago but now I could care less and will settle on getting those games in a bundle on steam for a mere fraction rather then pay 10$ each which microsoft thinks is a good deal.

Infact, I'll pass and keep saving for the steam christmas sale where MP is free.

Z of the Na'vi:
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Way to take a happy occasion and trash it with your cynicism, guys. Really? You came here to complain, yet again, about Micro$oft's business practices that at this point is far beyond old news? How about talking about something else for a change?

Like how far Xbox Live as come since the days of Halo 2?

Christ, you guys are buzz-kills. Grow up.

OT: What a 10 years it has been. I remember the days of the Xbox 1 and its crude interface. It was a different era. Now look where we are, eh? How time flies.

Thank you, M$, for the sweepstakes gamer picture and the free Kinect game. Those of us with Kinects will enjoy it.

You just had to pay money for something everyone else gives you for free. Thanks MS!

10 years ago, everything you downloaded on Xbox LIVE WAS free because you paid 50 bucks for the god damn service. I bought it day-one and played on it until MS lured in enough users and DLC started to cost extra beginning with halo 2 and canceled.

Now look, advertizements everywhere. Happy fucking anniversary.

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"It's Xbox Live's birthday! Oh, how wonderful our service is!" (wonderful enough to withhold online multiplayer, which is usually free, for $60 in a bundle including a dozen discounts per week that are mostly DLC and only 25%)

"Here! Have a free game," (which is the Kinect "Angry Rocks" game that is for free for only 2 days)

"a sweepstakes," (for the thing almost everyone who cares about Xbox Live has and sometimes already have decorated for a game/occasion: a 360)

"and some other sales!" (which are all party games except for Battlefield and Bastion)

Okay, so the sales aren't that bad, but seriously: the best thing I find about Xbox Live Gold is that I was able to leave it without calling Customer Service.

A Smooth Criminal:
Oh goody, they have a sale on about 7 or 8 games... They are so generous, I wonder why no other company does sales like these ever... *Cough* PS+, Steam*

No but seriously, Microsoft are so incredibly uptight about game sales it's unbelievable. And as Mr.K. pointed out, the free game is Kinect. The only ones who can benefit from this are people who buy Kinect. They are just shamelessly trying to add something to reasons for people to buy a Kinect.

I don't care if people see this as "OH MY GOD THEY'RE JUST DOING YOU A FAVOR AND DOING SOMETHING NICE FOR A CHANGE!" because the fact is that they have foul intentions behind this 'nice thing'.

Yeah, MicroSoft is having a 10 year anniversary and celebrates that with 7 games on sale. Steam is currently celebrating the weekly event called Weekend Sale and got 2 games on sale + daily deal.

Well at least for once their sales aren't exclusive to gold members. Now they are doing this to make money of course, but why is it a bad thing? Sales might just be to sell more copies of a game, but it's still good for the consumer. Cynicism and entitlement is really starting to annoy me.

Palademon:

ForgottenPr0digy:
you lucky bastard??

Not mine, unfortunately. Never got internet for my original box.
Just saw it on imgur the other day.

But... certainly if they had been constantly paying for Xbox Live for ten years, they would already own an Xbox 360 in working condition? I don't understand...

Anyway, I wish they would have done Dust as the free game instead of Wreckateer, since I'm never going to get a Kinect, but oh well. Free games are still free games, so good for all the people who already own a Kinect I guess.

TimeLord:
Oh look at that. The competition to win a limited edition 360 "is not available in your region" (UK). Thanks for thinking about us Microsoft :(

Same here in NZ. It's always the case when anything has a competition online it seems. Great that they made the free game one you have to have a Kinect for too, classy move their Microsoft.

In this thread, people realize that Xbox Live is not Steam. Shock.

Whatever you guys, Wreckateer is a great Kinect game, and since I have one, I'm going to enjoy the hell out of it.

Like yeah, Xbox Live is obviously not as good as Steam, and has a fuckton of problems. And I'm happy for them to give the occasional good thing. I know you guys love to complain, but maybe if they get a positive response to this, they'd be encouraged to do it more often in the future. Instead of "Whelp, we gave a free game and put a bunch of great games on sale and they still complained. Best not try that again."

Oh oh and while paying for a service that's free on ps3 might kind of suck, updating a game takes seconds/minutes on Xbox Live, compared to the occasionally hours it takes on PS3. It makes me think that money is going somewhere productive.

Although considering the money they make from ads on top of it, whereas most places will REMOVE ads if you pay for their service, yeah. THAT is definite bullshit.

You know guys, the Xbox isn't the only thing you can win.

Heh, this reminds me of the Launch Edition 360's that the whole team got.

Here's a link for what I'm talking about. http://majornelson.com/2005/12/01/xbox-360-launch-team-gift/

Reminds me of that time when PSN had technical difficulties and, as a reward, gave each of its members three free games.

Actually no, it doesnt.

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