Lumines Live to be free?

Source: Straight out of the Xbox Live Pipeline, a Microsoft-owned Flash-based site. What we heard: Back in August, unconfirmed warnings were issued that Microsoft might charge people money to advance in Q Entertainment's upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title, Lumines Live! Earlier today, it appeared...

Source: Straight out of the Xbox Live Pipeline, a Microsoft-owned Flash-based site.

What we heard: Back in August, unconfirmed warnings were issued that Microsoft might charge people money to advance in Q Entertainment's upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title, Lumines Live! Earlier today, it appeared those reports might have been totally off base, as Microsoft's Xbox Live Pipeline site had a listing for Lumines Live! that indicated the game itself was "FREE."

But just as the pitchforks and torches were being put away, GameSpot editors noticed the site also gave Lumines Live ! the rarely seen rating of EC for Early Childhood. While a toddler could possibly come of age in the time it takes a game of Lumines to ramp up in difficulty, this sounded a little suspect. It was especially suspicious given that the Entertainment Software Rating Board gave the original Lumines (which unlike the Xbox 360 version does not feature video of Madonna undulating in the background), a more restrictive rating of E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older.

An inquiry to Microsoft yielded answers to all our questions.

The official story: "The information posted about Lumines Live on XboxLivePipeline.com is inaccurate and we apologize for any confusion. Lumines will be available later this fall on Xbox Live Arcade and more details will be shared closer to its launch. However, the title will not be free and the rating is still pending."--A Microsoft spokesperson.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus. Keep the pitchforks at the ready.

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Dinghy_Dog
Dinghy_Dog

Microsoft releasing something free? Ha, that will be the day.

_Sam_
_Sam_

that sucks. too bad it's not free

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

As long as it's not the first rumored price, of 1200 and 700 to unlock some of the features.

faizali86
faizali86

that would have been really cool

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

ricsuave, you paid for Windows. You also paid for most of the other crap that was dumped on your PC. If you purchase a PC without an OS or with a free OS, it will be cheaper.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

well i dont get live games not free so...

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

That would be sweet...but like that's really gonna happen

ricsuave
ricsuave

"Microsoft and free in the same sentence? When politicians stop lying." That's funny. I don't remember paying for that Windows that was on my computer when I bought it.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

well, it'd be only 10 bucks right!? I'll start saving now. It's only two weaks of change moeny.

DarkHero1
DarkHero1

I was really hoping that the game would be free but it looks like it is not going to be.

jameston80
jameston80

to 1vgfan: dude, where have you been? The texas hold em game was free for 2 days and totemball is free, so how can you say microsoft offers nothing for free?

d_black
d_black

Just pay the man.......if its worth it.............and doesn't cost too much............and...........you know.........like, whatever.

Rydeordielover
Rydeordielover

Please just let me know, um maybe... WHEN ITS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT!!!!!

Rydeordielover
Rydeordielover

Please just let me know, um maybe... WHEN ITS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT!!!!!

milsvaard
milsvaard

Which part of the statement was inaccurate? the FREE part or the rating part?

paradyme777
paradyme777

Wow, that sucks. I wish it was free. I doubted it thought when I read the title.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

sweet, madonnas in the background, thats sooooo sexy.................FOR MY GRANDPARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

my pitchfork is my torch. i'll put it out if the price is almost free, but i'll still have it, rusty, dull and bloody.

fbi100
fbi100

NOOOOO!!! IM GOING 2 go kill SOME 1

bootsfansonly
bootsfansonly

1vgfan said: dang it, that would be so cool. it's a shame microsoft offers NOTHING free I believe texas holdem was free for the first 48 hours

GameLifter
GameLifter

I just want to know when the heck it is coming out!

Travis281
Travis281

1vgfan dang it, that would be so cool. it's a shame microsoft offers NOTHING free Actually Texas Hold 'em was free for two days and Totem Ball is free even though it can only be used with the webcam. There is also free DLC spread around the marketplace so calm down.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

No way this title was gonna be free

Releqy
Releqy

Why are they even reporting on this....they say that lumines "might" be free, but in the article immediately state that it will not be....that equals....pointless information? Yep!

OtterX
OtterX

I didn't believe for a second that this would actually be free. I don't mind paying for this... I played the heck out of my PSP version, and the Xbox Live version seems to have some cooler features.

ultrazone
ultrazone

*sharpens axe* if i have to pay to progress, heads SHALL roll. Kudos to you Shenmue1000 for choosing a name commemorating my favorite game, lol.

ultrazone
ultrazone

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Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Rating pending? Umm....its a puzzle game.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Rating still pending? Umm...its a puzzle game.

bstclair1
bstclair1

1vgfan MS offers nothing for free? How about Texas Hold 'em or Totemball? I downloaded both and paid nothing.

dwoop
dwoop

I noticed the same thing after the email abou Pipeline today and figured maybe they were releasing the first hal for freee since it will cost money to continue playing through later stages...they should offer it like this now and avoid any flaming on here and bad publicity but we'll see...

Sheiko
Sheiko

They might aswell release it for free knowing all the problems they seem to cause over it.

vaejas
vaejas

Again Microsoft's right hand not knowing which nostril the left one is in. They've fixed it now. This would be a good game for a free trial period. There's just only so much zing and difference you can give these puzzlers.

TryMe01
TryMe01

there goes another microsoft opportunity to bury Siny in the early stages of the "next-gen" race.

natemanxxx
natemanxxx

IT'S MADDONA'S FAULT! BAN HER FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY! GARR!!!!!!!!

bman784
bman784

Too bad. I'm really looking forward to this one. Lumines on the PSP owned my soul for quite a while, and this version, with custom sound tracks and online play is all the much sweeter.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

I don't mind paying for the whole game, but if I do, I want THE WHOLE DARN GAME!!!!!!! I don't want to have to pay more later on for more of the game. Granted, I paid for the extra Halo 2 maps the day they came out, but that was HALO 2- This is Lumines Live................ not even close to the same thing....

sdelaney86
sdelaney86

I still haven't figured out why the PSP version has "suggestive themes"

DoomsdayForte
DoomsdayForte

Pfff. Everyone knows Lumines should be rated AO because of its content. *grin* Bad slip-up, but what can ya do?