Xbox Live Gold free this weekend for charity effort

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.

Source: Gaming and Giving for Good website

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Wow a whole weekend for free....

Microsoft should be donating ALL of the Gold membership fees to charity, since it's ridiculous to charge a yearly fee for this crap.

Pay $50 a year just to stream your Zune Pass on your Xbox???

Pay $50 a year just to download the iHeart Radio app on your Xbox??? You've got to be joking me.

andrewbares said,
Wow a whole weekend for free....

Microsoft should be donating ALL of the Gold membership fees to charity, since it's ridiculous to charge a yearly fee for this crap.

Pay $50 a year just to stream your Zune Pass on your Xbox???

Pay $50 a year just to download the iHeart Radio app on your Xbox??? You've got to be joking me.

It's for multiplayer gaming on a secure service, access to all of these features that receive frequent updates, and more.

The charity is actually a separate organization, MS just made LIVE free this weekend to help support the effort.

That said, if you don't like LIVE, just like anything else, that's your choice. That's the nice thing about this world, choice

Shane Nokes said,
It's for multiplayer gaming on a secure service, access to all of these features that receive frequent updates, and more.

No, it's not. If it were, then they wouldn't have decided to start charging for using a Zune Pass which I ALREADY OWN. And downloading apps wouldn't be under their "Gold" pass either.

That said, if you don't like LIVE, just like anything else, that's your choice. That's the nice thing about this world, choice

I should have the choice to use my Zune Pass which I PAID for on my Xbox which I PAID for. Zune has NOTHING to do with Xbox Live. Yet they charge an extra $50 a year just to stream music which you already have the right to since you already paid for it.

andrewbares said,

No, it's not. If it were, then they wouldn't have decided to start charging for using a Zune Pass which I ALREADY OWN. And downloading apps wouldn't be under their "Gold" pass either.

I should have the choice to use my Zune Pass which I PAID for on my Xbox which I PAID for. Zune has NOTHING to do with Xbox Live. Yet they charge an extra $50 a year just to stream music which you already have the right to since you already paid for it.

Evidently you didn't read all of what I said. I said all the features. I was referring to Zune, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. Those are all separate pay services, and Gold enables access if you're already a paid subscriber of those services, just like Zune.

It wouldn't be fair if they treated Zune differently.

Shane Nokes said,

Evidently you didn't read all of what I said. I said all the features. I was referring to Zune, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. Those are all separate pay services, and Gold enables access if you're already a paid subscriber of those services, just like Zune.

It wouldn't be fair if they treated Zune differently.

It is stupid that you have to pay for a Live subscription to access Netflix or Hulu, no other console or device makes you pay extra to use those services.

Shane Nokes said,

Evidently you didn't read all of what I said. I said all the features. I was referring to Zune, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. Those are all separate pay services, and Gold enables access if you're already a paid subscriber of those services, just like Zune.

It wouldn't be fair if they treated Zune differently.

What??? Gold has nothing to do with Zune. Why should you be required to have a GAMING subscription to listen to music you already pay for?

Zune IS different than gaming and should therefore be treated differently, just like iHeart and Hulu should be treated differently and be free.

andrewbares said,

What??? Gold has nothing to do with Zune. Why should you be required to have a GAMING subscription to listen to music you already pay for?

Zune IS different than gaming and should therefore be treated differently, just like iHeart and Hulu should be treated differently and be free.

Microsoft feels differently on the matter. They have decided that premium content should be part of the Gold experience. I'm not saying having an opinion isn't ok. I'm saying that's the great thing about choice. There are other consoles and options out there.

Shane Nokes said,
Microsoft feels differently on the matter. They have decided that premium content should be part of the Gold experience. I'm not saying having an opinion isn't ok. I'm saying that's the great thing about choice. There are other consoles and options out there.

Haha well I use my PS3 for actual gaming. I'd simply like to use the 360 for Zune since it works well and Kinect is perfect for voice commanding my music while cleaning house for example.

What primarily bothers me is that Zune used to be available for everyone, but then they decided to take it away. Taking away things is never a good way to please customers. And the only reason Microsoft did it is for greed.

Sure a company isn't supposed to hand out stuff for free, but using their logic I should need a Windows Gold Pass to use Zune on my PC!

This article is poorly worded and doesn't make sense, from what I can make out, friends/family give donations and the more you play, the more of the donations gets sent to the hospital or something? So what happens to the rest of the donations?

n_K said,
This article is poorly worded and doesn't make sense, from what I can make out, friends/family give donations and the more you play, the more of the donations gets sent to the hospital or something? So what happens to the rest of the donations?

Sounded like the more time those people who sign up for this weekend spend playing, the more money the hospital gets.

McKay said,

Sounded like the more time those people who sign up for this weekend spend playing, the more money the hospital gets.

The free weekend coincided with a charity event on Saturday. Those who participated in the event sought donations. It's not a Microsoft specific event. They just made LIVE free for the weekend to support the event.