Microsoft normally charges Xbox 360 owners for access to their Xbox Live Gold service but this weekend, the company is opening up that part of Xbox Live for everyone to use for free. The event is in support of a charity effort called Gaming and Giving for Good.
The official Xbox website has the details on the effort, which included a fund raising event on Saturday for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital across the United States and Canada. People could sign up at the charity's web site to participate, then ask for donations from family and friends, based on the number of hours the play to spend playing games online on Xbox Live.
On Saturday, the people who signed up could play multiplayer games for free on their Xbox 360 console. The more time they spent gaming, the more money they could get for donations. The money raised can then be sent to their local hospital that supports the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital organization. You can find out more information about your local children's hospital at the charity's website.
Besides Microsoft, other companies that are supporting this weekend's free Xbox Live Gold event include Bethesda Softworks, Electronic Arts, GameStop, Hulu, Rockstar Games, THQ, Warner Bros Interactive, and Konami.