Xbox Live for free in Oz

Microsoft gives away Gold access for AU/NZ gamers; gift to coincide with local Gears of War launch.

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SYDNEY--Gears of Wars gamers in the US can expect to hear a horde of Aussie accents pop up on Xbox Live soon, with the critically acclaimed game hitting local store shelves on November 23. To help sweeten the Gears of War deal, Microsoft is providing free Xbox Live Gold access to all Australian and New Zealand 360 owners--for the weekend.

The free access will start at 3 p.m. EST on Friday November 24 and will end at 10 p.m. EST on Sunday November 26 (all times local).

Gears of War has already ousted perennial Xbox Live favorite Halo 2 as the most played game on Microsoft's online gaming platform. Yesterday, the game's publisher said it had already tallied 1 million in sales worldwide.

Gears was released in the US on November 7.

Discussion

59 comments
Spotswoode
Spotswoode

half the americans on live think im british anyway

pastree
pastree

Too bad 360s cost the equivalent of $1000 American dollars in Australia in the first place.

GrimBee
GrimBee

I wonder if Rolf Harris would be online on that weekend ;)

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Aussies are some of the coolest people on the planet, and anything to get more of them on XBL is a good thing.

2x4b96123
2x4b96123

okay, to all my fellow aussies on here can you stop with the G'Day's & sh*t, it's because of people like you that Americans think we ride Kangaroos to school/work, it gets annoying. I think that some of us don't realise that Americans sometimes take us seriously. Anyways. a free weekend of XBLGld....nice, It'd be good if they could fix up the pricing for games over here, for the 360 games we are paying $90US for almost every game that came out in the last 6 months

GrimBee
GrimBee

"Paul Hogan is an actor in the Australian movie Trilogy Crocodile Dundee." There was a THIRD one?! *rushes to ebay to see if the statement is true I think they should make a Paul Hogan xbox 360 game, where you go to all the biggest cities in the world, and prevent crimes, talk to people alot.. and you know, just generally be awesome. And then there would be this xbox live community, where everyone was paul hogan (albeit with a customised hat), all going around chatting up all the "sheilas" and, again, preventing crimes and such... ;)

mojahid_1st
mojahid_1st

Tonkpilsnut, I must apologize on behalf of us regular Australians, Paul Hogan is an actor in the Australian movie Trilogy Crocodile Dundee. Unlike the guy you came across on XBL GOW MP Paul Hogan sounded cool when he made that statement. Now if you'll excuse me my kangaroo has arrived to ride to work...

GrimBee
GrimBee

but then again fotsin.. you have the gorgeous sunshine and sandy beaches whilst us pasty people get buckets of rain.. and sewage in the sea.. mmm... ;) A free weekend is insulting! Xbox live silver members get free weekends every now and then, almost ALL the time it seems.. and when you buy a new game alot of them come with 48 hour gold trials! So this is just secondary seconds that M$ are giving the oz's. Well, you know I guess thats what they get for being so good at rugby and cricket! :P Seriously though, it could be worse.. they could be sony!

fotsin
fotsin

I'm an Aussie and I totally agree with GrimBee. We are 'neglected' by the gaming industry receiving games weeks, and sometimes, months after their US release. In terms of price it is like daylight robbery - a US$59.99 cost us AU$120, however with the exchange rate it should only be around AU$80. Surely we should receive some more compensation other than a free weekend of Xbox Live Gold - and besides won't most people playing online already have Gold Access?

Kiith_Somtaaw
Kiith_Somtaaw

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GrimBee
GrimBee

The weekend.. that sucks! you get a 48 hour trial with most games anyways over here! They should do more for the peeps in oz! i mean they have to wait for games longer than most people, they should at least have a free MONTH, or some special oz exclusive online content or something...

Farcical
Farcical

Awesome! ...though it doesn't exactly affect me so much. Xbox Live member since 2004, and some of the best gaming money I've ever spent. You get what you pay for, folks!

Tonkpilsnut
Tonkpilsnut

I actually played an Aussie yesterday in GoW, but he kept crying out "Now that's a knife" every time he got chopped in half. And he said I'll never be a badass like Paul Hogan was in his prime. Paul who?

SpruceCaboose
SpruceCaboose

More people playing, the better the results. Like seeing news like this. And to those who would complain about paying for Xbox Live, for all the standards and a persistant online identity, with all of its other features, you end up paying less than 14 US cents a day on in. Is that really that much? Just don't super-size at McD's and you are fine!

ragnbull
ragnbull

Good news for 360 owners! But I have to be honest: Rainbow 6 Vegas, Call of Duty 3, Blazing Angels, Quake 4, Far Cry, and Dead or Alive 4 are all sitting on my desk right now unopened. I literally havent even taking the plastic off yet. Why you ask? Gears of War. The only game worth playing for the foreseeable future in my opinion.

Igwababa
Igwababa

yeah defniantly the best online out there right now

Cloud737
Cloud737

Nice move MS! You should do more of that stuff in other territories though (like Japan and Europe).

declan_vee
declan_vee

Except didn't the US and EU copies come with a 48 hour trial of Gold anyway? This is more-or-less the same deal it's just having everyone use it at the same time.

Commando47
Commando47

Hey thats good more people on Live, Microsoft is doing an excellent job on mass marketing Live, there will be some guys saying "Hey WAIT A MINUTE!! Where's my FREE LIVE?" Im not one of them, playing with Aussies and Kiwis will be excellent!! Good luck on Live guys!!

alcoholhamster
alcoholhamster

i think people dont realise that the US has already had a few free xbl weekends, and in australia we havent even had one yet. plus, the aus/nz market is so often neglected, with system releases mostly six months fter the US, so for once its nice for ms to be nice to us. plus its good marketing. now, if only i already had a 360...

stazi
stazi

GoddBless Why is it when any region other than the US gets a deal on something everyone whines like it's an injustice to them? Different markets are catered to differently. Especially if the competition is neglecting that market. ^maybe, because not a single person in this thread made a big deal of it. people were very supportive.

ivar27
ivar27

got it today, finished it today too :)

jjjgem
jjjgem

This is gonna be good for us im sick of playing pplz far far away whith bad lag... GT: jelqirt

GoddBless
GoddBless

Why is it when any region other than the US gets a deal on something everyone whines like it's an injustice to them? Different markets are catered to differently. Especially if the competition is neglecting that market.

xrxromeoxrx
xrxromeoxrx

i want free XBL ;[,,, good to hear tho ;]

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Cool I suppose. Might be able to make some new friends.

fkholmes
fkholmes

go_commando_92 ps3 is online everywhere forever! So is XBL! Just the PS3 is free and a lot cruddier.

STRICK26
STRICK26

I will curbstomp you all from the land that brought us Mel Gibson.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Wow, that's good news - especially for people who can't wait to play Gears of War.

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

It will be a Ga'Day Mate!

Willy105
Willy105

If only Xbox Live was free all the time.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

xbox live...nice...gears of war...okay...FREE...GREAT!!!

oxymoron1331
oxymoron1331

Microsoft sure knows what they are doing when it comes to marketing.

black_jamm
black_jamm

adammint7 "ok thats fine but wouldent the hardcore gamer allready have live gold?????? " where does it say that this deal is for hardcore gamers? doesnt this article infer that this promotion is for everyone?

maulberto3
maulberto3

Good........ hope that an american offer will show up soon too!

adammint7
adammint7

ok thats fine but wouldent the hardcore gamer allready have live gold??????