Microsoft: Free Arcade Game for Xbox Live Holiday Outage

After the Xbox online gaming network was plagued with connection troubles over the holidays, probably due to the huge and sudden increase of users connecting to the service, Microsoft Corporation plans to offer a free downloadable video game as a token of apology. Throughout the break, an unknown (but significant) number of gamers were unable to sign on to the service, buy and download content, or play online. All Xbox Live members around the world will be able to freely download one game from the Xbox Live Arcade service; games sold on Xbox Live typically cost from $5 to $20. Details of the offer will be revealed in the coming weeks, including specific titles and an actual date.

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That is great and all, but utterly useless (for me) My 360 has been dead for 2 weeks now and MS still are on Holidays here (my 360 has come to life 3 times now, for about 1 hour at a time before RRODing again) still, I guess I should be very grateful, at least my 360 will be fixed at no cost to me, so I have no right to complain about how long it takes...still irritating mind you! (considering they still haven't told me anything, they haven't even asked me to send the 360 back to them yet..)

Yeah, it sounds kind of lame, 1000 points and a 400 point game is more than we lost. We only lost about a week and a half worth of LIVE, that's about $2 worth in comparison to a year. 800 points is already $10. So a free month of LIVE (about $4) would be nice.

Why is MS making this so complicated - it would be easier to credit everyone's account with 1000 points or a free month of gold access. Instead, they'll come up with a complicated system which ensures at least some people will get screwed (I am sure there are people out there who own every single XBLA game).

stgeorge said,
Why is MS making this so complicated - it would be easier to credit everyone's account with 1000 points or a free month of gold access. Instead, they'll come up with a complicated system which ensures at least some people will get screwed (I am sure there are people out there who own every single XBLA game).

You never know, they could do exactly that.

If someone owns 'every single xbox live game' they're hardly likely to bitch and moan about being out of service for a few days; they probably went out and played with their porsche for a while, or hired a personal lapdancer for the duration of downtime.

reech said,
If someone owns 'every single xbox live game' they're hardly likely to bitch and moan about being out of service for a few days; they probably went out and played with their porsche for a while, or hired a personal lapdancer for the duration of downtime.

I own every single one, except for the ones I downloaded from my US account.

Damn restrictions.

Swordnyx said,
Uno for the world, Microsoft! Uno for the world!

No, bad! I already have Uno and had to give away a free code for Uno.

Oxuyoska said,
No, bad! I already have Uno and had to give away a free code for Uno.

lol I know it was an indirect statement to what Microsoft was giving away. Always the stupid Uno! I have 4 copies.