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This Weekend: Free Xbox LIVE Gold For All

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Another one-weekend-only deal to keep you gaming.

Microsoft’s Xtival is back and the company is almost ready to kick off 72 hours of hardcore gaming. But before they do, they want to make sure none of us miss out on the fun, which is why we’re all getting Xbox Live Gold for the weekend. Just to be clear the offer extends from midday (GMT) on May 1 until midday (GMT) May 4.*

Alright, so it’s not quite as exciting as Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1, Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Team Fortress 2 and Portal for a tenner, but let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth, okay?

*Time zone translation: 4am (PST) on May 1 until 4am (PST) May 4.

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    tomm09 , April 27, 2009 3:42 PM
    good deal.
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    captaincharisma , April 27, 2009 3:57 PM
    LOL too bad half of 360 owners are still waiting to get there consoles back from MS :) 
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    LATTEH , April 27, 2009 3:59 PM
    ill probably play :D 
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    touchdowntexas13 , April 27, 2009 4:18 PM
    just canceled my subscription because i didn't have enough time while in school. but maybe i can play this weekend :) 
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    JMcEntegart , April 27, 2009 4:26 PM
    touchdowntexas13just canceled my subscription because i didn't have enough time while in school. but maybe i can play this weekend


    I could be wrong but I think it's only for existing accounts. :/  You should check it out, dude.
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    MoonMe2 , April 27, 2009 4:42 PM
    Okay....what about "Games For Windows" owners, e.g. Gears Of War PC?
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    rocket_sauce , April 27, 2009 4:49 PM
    I'm pretty sure this is just for Xbox Live Silver accounts.
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    Zoonie , April 27, 2009 4:58 PM
    JMcEntegartI could be wrong but I think it's only for existing accounts. You should check it out, dude.


    I think he meant the GOLD subscription. Why would you need a free weekend if you'rea already subscribing to GOLD, right?

    On another note, I still say it's ridiculous of MS to charge for something that is free on PC, PS3, Wii etc etc. I don't care what people say, there is nothing free with GOLD worth the subscription fee.
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    touchdowntexas13 , April 27, 2009 5:00 PM
    JMcEntegartI could be wrong but I think it's only for existing accounts. You should check it out, dude.


    I don't get it. I have an account. I just canceled my gold subscription. How can it be a "free" weekend if guys with silver accounts can't play? there would be nothing free in that deal. I'm confused.
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    JMcEntegart , April 27, 2009 5:05 PM
    Sorry, for some weird reason I thought you'd left the world of XBL because you "didn't have time to game while at school," so I just hit reply and tried to refrain from making "dedicated student" comments. I think it's nap time, for me. :p  Silver accounts are free, don't worry.
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    JMcEntegart , April 27, 2009 5:07 PM
    *can play even. Damn, it is definitely time for me to take lunch. ;) 
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    touchdowntexas13 , April 27, 2009 5:09 PM
    haha no problem. thanks for clearing that up though.
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    misnad , April 27, 2009 5:12 PM
    Oh this is kewl! Thanks Jane for posting this! I visit Tom's for my daily tech news and it's great to see all these updates! :D  Looks like it's going to be a fun little weekend... Oh yea, that's 'cos my Live Gold subscription ran out a week ago :D 
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    Anonymous , April 27, 2009 5:14 PM
    zoonie,

    watching tv shows and movies from netflix on xbox beats out the computer,and to view stuff you need to have a gold subscription, so that is really the only thing worth the fee to have xbox live Gold, though it should be free
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    daship , April 27, 2009 5:29 PM
    Hopefully you can connect to friends partys, the last 2 weeks party playing has been hit and miss for me.
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    Zoonie , April 27, 2009 5:37 PM
    clm299zoonie,watching tv shows and movies from netflix on xbox beats out the computer,and to view stuff you need to have a gold subscription, so that is really the only thing worth the fee to have xbox live Gold, though it should be free


    I was under the impression that you had to have a Netflix account for that. Meaning it's not really free, you're just paying another company instead. Thus you need to pay Microsoft for GOLD so that you can use the subscribtion plan of another company that you already payed for. Doesn't make sense to me at all. Not to mention, half of the North American contents are nowhere to be found in the rest of the world.

    The movies, series, XBL games etc. they must charge for of course, but everybody should get GOLD for free.
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    jsloan , April 27, 2009 6:15 PM
    microsoft should allow people to play the games that they purchase without having to additionally pay for xbox live gold
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    tenor77 , April 27, 2009 6:24 PM
    There's 360 owners w/o Gold?

    Not netflix streaming? Not fragging their friends into a bloody pulp?
    How horrible to think people suffer so.
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    fausto , April 27, 2009 7:25 PM
    they should not charge for xbox live.
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    tenor77 , April 27, 2009 7:55 PM
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