Free Xbox Live Gold for European silver members this weekend.

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#1 Sophette
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Microsoft is giving everyone free XBL Gold access from May 1 to May 4.:D

The best part is, this is automatic so no need to enter codes or anything.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Xbox-LIVE-Gold-Free-Xtival,7639.html

I'm adding another link for anyone who thinks this is a joke.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/news.phtml/23728/xbox-live-xvital-09-announced.phtml

*I fixed the title, sorry for the confusion.

And please, if you're already gold member, don't post saying how useless this is to you.

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#2 Legendaryscmt
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Wow, my gold runs out on the first too, so this is welcomed.

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#3 CardiacKid07
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nice find too bad my gold ends on the 8th :(
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#4 iam2green
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cool, i have gold already. my gold doesn't end until june or july something like that.
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#5 x8VXU6
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I wish they would get me an extra 3 days after mines runs out

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#6 armyman455
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i have gold till next fall but ill have to tell my silver friends that its free this weekend

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#7 caddy
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I wish they would get me an extra 3 days after mines runs out

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Yeah, me too. I have Gold for about 11 more months, so these events never do anything for me :(
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#8 Sophette
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Just wanted to bump this for anyone with a Silver account that wasn't aware. ;)

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#9 GANGSTASAN
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Too bad my 360 broke already. In 3 Months....

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#10 lolnades
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heh. first L4D free friday, now this. i wonder what the occasion is

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Time to take my alt accounts for a spin.

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#12 Apocalypse324
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Figures, and I have to be out of town working this weekend, so no xbox live for me.

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#13 Avenger1324
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Not much use to those of us already with Gold :(
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#14 king871
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well thats great to hear acuattly. kinda shocked that microsoft is doing this. this is there first time doing this so this gives people a chance to see how gold is since some people think they dnt really need it. well ne ways my gold does not run out till august 2010 so im good

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#15 chasingmaynard
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Aren't they advertising a Gold subscription foronly $40 a year now? That's $3.33 a month... which meansonly 11 cents a day.Why doesn't everyone have Gold already?

Iguess things are different when you are older and have a job and plastic money.

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#16 ChrisGamer5757
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Shouldnt the people with a gold subscription already just have theres paused for the 4 days of free ?

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#17 cheez-it_kid
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nice find too bad my gold ends on the 8th :(CardiacKid07
So does mine! :cry:
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#18 Dredg11
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Shouldnt the people with a gold subscription already just have theres paused for the 4 days of free ?

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wow...

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#19 eyd25
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Why is Ms doing this? IMO it's pointless they should have just given 500 ms points.

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#20 Dredg11
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Why is Ms doing this? IMO it's pointless they should have just given 500 ms points.

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How does that make even a shred of sense?

MS is doing this in hopes to get more Silver members into getting Gold. Show them what they're missing. Like if a Silver member who usually isn't into MP games decides to give it a go, love it, and decides to get Gold. That's the point...

What does MS points have to do with anything?

Ugh...people today...

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#21 gial240
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I think it's a good idea on MS part. I'm sure this will get them at least a few more suscribers..

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#22 eyd25
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[QUOTE="eyd25"]

Why is Ms doing this? IMO it's pointless they should have just given 500 ms points.

Dredg11

How does that make even a shred of sense?

MS is doing this in hopes to get more Silver members into getting Gold. Show them what they're missing. Like if a Silver member who usually isn't into MP games decides to give it a go, love it, and decides to get Gold. That's the point...

What does MS points have to do with anything?

Ugh...people today...

Bec. every 360 comes with 1 month of free Gold so if they wanted it they would've kept it like I did. You get what I'm saying?

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#23 craigalan23
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That is cool for those who have silver memberships but too bad i have two years worth or gold.

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#24 1588greatdane
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Great, right in the middle of my finals week....any other week would have been awesome.

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#25 chasingmaynard
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[QUOTE="Dredg11"]

[QUOTE="eyd25"]

Why is Ms doing this? IMO it's pointless they should have just given 500 ms points.

eyd25

How does that make even a shred of sense?

MS is doing this in hopes to get more Silver members into getting Gold. Show them what they're missing. Like if a Silver member who usually isn't into MP games decides to give it a go, love it, and decides to get Gold. That's the point...

What does MS points have to do with anything?

Ugh...people today...

Bec. every 360 comes with 1 month of free Gold so if they wanted it they would've kept it like I did. You get what I'm saying?

LOL... give 500 MS points... Hmmm, let's weigh these two options for Microsoft... On one hand, they can give Silver members 3 or 4 days of GOLD free, and possibly getting a bunch of gamers to sign up and payfor subscriptions...

On the other hand, Microsoft could give Silver customers 500 MS points each, for some reason, so that they can spend that on DLC, which brings no chance of Microsoft making any more money.

Wait, I'm still confused... Microsoft could give Silver players about 50 cents worth of GOLD membership and possibly get more GOLD subscriptions, or they could give Silver members over $5 in MS points just for the hell of it... Okay, now I get it.

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#26 Dredg11
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[QUOTE="eyd25"]

[QUOTE="Dredg11"]

How does that make even a shred of sense?

MS is doing this in hopes to get more Silver members into getting Gold. Show them what they're missing. Like if a Silver member who usually isn't into MP games decides to give it a go, love it, and decides to get Gold. That's the point...

What does MS points have to do with anything?

Ugh...people today...

chasingmaynard

Bec. every 360 comes with 1 month of free Gold so if they wanted it they would've kept it like I did. You get what I'm saying?

LOL... give 500 MS points... Hmmm, let's weigh these two options for Microsoft... On one hand, they can give Silver members 3 or 4 days of GOLD free, and possibly getting a bunch of gamers to sign up and payfor subscriptions...

On the other hand, Microsoft could give Silver customers 500 MS points each, for some reason, so that they can spend that on DLC, which brings no chance of Microsoft making any more money.

Wait, I'm still confused... Microsoft could give Silver players about 50 cents worth of GOLD membership and possibly get more GOLD subscriptions, or they could give Silver members over $5 in MS points just for the hell of it... Okay, now I get it.

Rev

Thank you.

Some people just have no idea how to rationalize anything...

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#27 eyd25
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[QUOTE="eyd25"]

[QUOTE="Dredg11"]

How does that make even a shred of sense?

MS is doing this in hopes to get more Silver members into getting Gold. Show them what they're missing. Like if a Silver member who usually isn't into MP games decides to give it a go, love it, and decides to get Gold. That's the point...

What does MS points have to do with anything?

Ugh...people today...

chasingmaynard

Bec. every 360 comes with 1 month of free Gold so if they wanted it they would've kept it like I did. You get what I'm saying?

LOL... give 500 MS points... Hmmm, let's weigh these two options for Microsoft... On one hand, they can give Silver members 3 or 4 days of GOLD free, and possibly getting a bunch of gamers to sign up and payfor subscriptions...

On the other hand, Microsoft could give Silver customers 500 MS points each, for some reason, so that they can spend that on DLC, which brings no chance of Microsoft making any more money.

Wait, I'm still confused... Microsoft could give Silver players about 50 cents worth of GOLD membership and possibly get more GOLD subscriptions, or they could give Silver members over $5 in MS points just for the hell of it... Okay, now I get it.

Rev

What I'm saying is this does nothing for Gold members. And every XBOX came with 1 month of free GOLD so if you have silver it's either you don't want it or you can't afford it together with the high speed connection.

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#28 Dredg11
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[QUOTE="chasingmaynard"]

[QUOTE="eyd25"]Bec. every 360 comes with 1 month of free Gold so if they wanted it they would've kept it like I did. You get what I'm saying?

eyd25

LOL... give 500 MS points... Hmmm, let's weigh these two options for Microsoft... On one hand, they can give Silver members 3 or 4 days of GOLD free, and possibly getting a bunch of gamers to sign up and payfor subscriptions...

On the other hand, Microsoft could give Silver customers 500 MS points each, for some reason, so that they can spend that on DLC, which brings no chance of Microsoft making any more money.

Wait, I'm still confused... Microsoft could give Silver players about 50 cents worth of GOLD membership and possibly get more GOLD subscriptions, or they could give Silver members over $5 in MS points just for the hell of it... Okay, now I get it.

Rev

What I'm saying is this does nothing for Gold members. And every XBOX came with 1 month of free GOLD so if you have silver it's either you don't want it or you can't afford it together with the high speed connection.

Yeah, and? The point isn't for it to "do anything for Gold members". Either way, your mention of 500 MS points still makes absolutely no sense.

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#29 chasingmaynard
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If I'm not mistaken, Gold members already get other exclusives, like the deal of the week and sooner demo's. I do agree that it is silly for anyone with highspeed net to not have GOLD, but your alternative to the trial was ludicrous. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt though and figure that was just a number you threw out there in haste.

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#30 eyd25
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The 500 MS points was just thrown in there bec. GOLD members get nothing out of this. Like I said you get a free trial of XBOXlive, so even if they give away live for a couple of days, odds are people will still not buy the subscription. I wish loyal subscribers get something other than that deal of the week stuff that nobody really wants.

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#31 chasingmaynard
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The deal of the week thing has actually ticked me off a few times... They had Braid for cheaper, and I bought it right when it came out, and then one week they had the "All That Remains" track pack for Rock Band for cheaper, and I had already bought it.

It kind of makes me want to wait to buy things just because of it... And I hate to totally go off subject, but why the hell do they have an artist of the week (month, whatever), to try and promote the artist, and then you have to pay to download a video? wth? I think each artist should have one video that can be downloaded for free, if they really are trying to promote something. Sorry for the rant... umm... go xbox 360!!

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#32 todsnet
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That's great and all but what about the ones who's subscription is still active those days. Now it would b great if they would give to every one four days of free live when their subscription runs out. Mine runs out on the 9th. I want 4 free days. That sucks.:cry:

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#33 eyd25
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Law of demand & supply applies to the deal of the week thing. If there is no more demand for it they put it up there to get the last drop out of whatever they're selling that's why I said that nobody really wants those things. And for those artist of the week & stuff they should have free previews & not make you buy it just to see it.

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#34 LycanBane
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lol i pay monthly :( lol

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#35 1588greatdane
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Wait starting on the 1st of May??? Is it not already the 1st? Why is it not working for me? I'm I really dumb and this is just a big joke....

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#36 Spire88
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wait a darn minute here, now is this really for everyone OR is it just for EVERYONE IN THE US? cause im canadian and i do not see anything about it on my 360. and FYI my gold ran out today.
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#37 Vashn
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well thats great to hear acuattly. kinda shocked that microsoft is doing this. this is there first time doing this so this gives people a chance to see how gold is since some people think they dnt really need it. well ne ways my gold does not run out till august 2010 so im good

king871

they've been doign this alot recently actually, like 2 weeks ago it was for Mythic map pack release, than l4d, and now this

and i know for a fact they've done it alot before that

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#38 1588greatdane
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Seriously... has anyone actually got onto Gold for free today? I'm not in Canada if that's actually a problem.... this whole thing seems like it's not real.

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7. WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES? This Prize Draw starts at 12.00 P.M. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on May 1st, 2009, and ends at 12.00 P.M. GMT on May 4th, 2009 ("Entry Period"). 8. CAN I ENTER? You are eligible to enter this Prize Draw if you meet the following requirements: · You are a legal resident of the United Kingdom, and you are 17 years or older at the time of entry; and · You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and · You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Prize Draw; and....

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#40 psychedelic08
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is it for america

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#41 D0ub13_5c0r3
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Well my Gold ran out on the 28th. This is good. I'll be getting a 1 month Gold Card today, hopefully. :D

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#42 JayReviews
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lol...that is kinda lame .....what good is about 3 days of XBL.....Just do what i did....buy a year....and you're set for awhile.

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#43 mohfrontline
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I have silver right now, does this mean I'll be bumped up to gold over the weekend or something?
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#44 psychedelic08
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i heard it 4 europe

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#45 deactivated-5de2fb6a3a711
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it is indeed for Europe.
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#46 D0ub13_5c0r3
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I have silver right now, does this mean I'll be bumped up to gold over the weekend or something?mohfrontline
Yes, it will "bump" you up to Gold. Just for the weekend though. Lucky, I found out my xbox's TV Cables aint working now.
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#47 Spire88
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WELL THATS JUST GREAT, thanks alot Sophette. you could of told us from the start that it wasnt for north america.
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#48 PlasmaBeam44
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Yes TC you could have specified that it was for Europe only. Way to go!

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OMGZ!!1 3 WHOLE days?!!1 That's l3ik...72 hours,guyz!!1!1!
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#50 Sophette
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I apologize, after checking into about 20 more sites (yes I really did check that much) I'll admit I was wrong and this is an EU only event. Sorry to get everyone's hopes up, but it you do live in Europe, I hope you enjoy it. It's just, it was initially announced mostly on American version of all the game sites with no indication of being region exclusive so I figured it was for everyone and just wanted to let people know. So again I apologize for getting non EU gamers excited over nothing.