Games With Gold

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If “Games with Gold” doesn’t sound familiar to you, it will now. This is the name of Microsoft’s newest Xbox Live program, and it benefits every single Xbox Live Gold user. Basically, throughout the rest of the year, they will be giving away 2 free games per month. The first game of each month will be given out on the 1st through the 16th, and then the 2nd will be given out during the 2nd half of the month.

The first game currently being given away is called Defense Grid, and it’s an Xbox Live Arcade game. It’s a tower defense game that can be surprisingly difficult at times. I played through the story mode for a couple days and I actually had some trouble beating some of the levels. So if you like tower defense games, I would definitely recommend it, and even if you don’t like tower defense games, download it anyways!!! It’s absolutely free. If anything you’ll get some free gamerscore out of it.

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Not the greatest game in the world, but it’s free, so you definitely won’t hear me complaining.

Not all of the games being released will be XBLA titles. For instance, they’ve stated that some of the games being released down the line include Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3. Sure, they’re older games, but you can’t really complain when they’re free.

So, if you haven’t turned on your Xbox in a while, go ahead and turn it on and start downloading! Clear some old games off of your hard drive and make room for some new ones. You should see an advertisement for it right on your main dashboard, but if you don’t, go to the games tab and look at the featured section. It should be there.

For more information, go here.

E3 Hangover

I’m finally back after a huge hiatus, and I’ve missed so much… Due to the fact that I was out of town during E3, I had to catch up on tons of crazy news. It seems like everyone and their mother is still hungover from the onslaught of information that came from E3 this year. Xbox users are probably feeling this the most with all of the crazy information coming from Microsoft’s corner.

There really is just too much information to try and talk about, but I do want to address a few topics. The biggest is Microsoft’s used games issue. If you hadn’t heard before, Microsoft was planning on implementing a used game fee when the Xbox One released. This meant that if you wanted to buy a used game, or borrow your friend’s disc, you’d have to pay a fee which would go mainly to the developer. Long story short, the gaming community’s backlash was so huge that Microsoft changed their policy and have now stated that used games for the X1 will essentially work in the same fashion as they do now.

Silly Microsoft and their DRM policies

Silly Microsoft and their DRM policies… (photo from Kotaku)

I don’t even know what else to cover… All of the games that were announced, other features of the Xbox one, what the competitors are doing, and the Xbox One’s price point are all topics floating around in my head. I’ll just touch on some of these briefly. Continue reading