Microsoft celebrates Xbox Live 10 year anniversary with free game

By on November 16, 2012, 7:30 AM

It may be hard for some to believe but Microsoft’s Xbox Live service just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Microsoft launched the online gaming service on November 15, 2002, exactly one year to the day after the original Xbox first hit retail.

In retrospect, Xbox Live was a significant cog in Microsoft’s console ambitions despite the fact that it’s been a paid service (for Gold membership) since its inception. As SlashGear put it, it’s also important because Xbox Live was the first online console service of its kind to get it right.

As alluded to earlier, Microsoft wasn’t the first company to give online gaming a try. Gaming services like the XBAND allowed Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis owners to compete against players from other parts of the country over phone lines.

It was a novel idea at the time but due to limited publicity and marketing, the service only ever reached around 700,000 subscribers at its peak before being acquired my Mpath Interactive. It pales in comparison to Xbox Live’s 40 million members but keep in mind, we’re talking about the mid 90s here. Sega gave it a valiant effort a few years later with the Dreamcast but as we all know, they fell short with that console.

To celebrate the milestone, Xbox Live members are invited to download Wreckateer free of charge for a limited time. Several other games like Battlefield 1943, Castle Crashers, Fruit Ninja Kinect, Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2, Bastion, Peggle and Full House Poker are being made available for 50 percent off for a few days. Some lucky Xbox Live veterans have been receiving free custom Xbox 360 consoles from Microsoft as a reward for their loyalty.

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Guest said:

Ooh a free game ? Wait no, not a free game, a free limited time trial of a game ? How pathetic. I do not understand Xbox live gold. £35 for nothing.

I have both consoles. But I play games just fine on ps3 with their free network, and I joined Playstation plus and got many many many FREE games from their money making scheme.

Thats right its a scam peoples. £35 for gold and £40 for psn+ in a bank account x that by 10million users and you've got plenty of dough gaining interest in case you hit a few snags with ya business models.

But seriously, a free trial. You can not be serious. Microsoft is tighter than a ducks behind. Ridiculous.

Guest said:

Where do you see the word trial?

Guest said:

I am pretty sure that if you download Wreckateer on those dates, you can play that game forever. In other words, it is indeed free.

Guest said:

Wreckateer is free for life if you downloaded it on the 15th or 16th. It does not become a trial version after the 16th. Uninformed PS3 fanboy.

Guest said:

"Free" as long as you have the Golden XBox Live subscription.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'd be impressed, if the service was offered free of charge. Or a one time activation fee. But it does not and thus this is just hog wash. Sony did it for free, a company not known for being the richest company in the world, (At the time), and they did it just fine. 10 years later, heres a free game... Thanks, I guess. Going forward I hope this pay service idea goes away, but it only appears to be getting stronger. People are just too willing to give money for something which should be included as part of the console to begin with.

Guest said:

You complain about it being 10 years until a free release, but what about the doritos games and Ageis Wing, and others. People that complain about free stuff piss me off. If you love the PSN that much quit getting on topics about X360 and go play your shit PSN. Get the **** over it.

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