TOY COMPANY Microsoft will continue to reward Xbox 360 players with free video games for paying a premium to use its games console online experience Xbox Live Gold.
Games with Gold, as Microsoft calls the programme, has seen the firm bend over backwards and reach to a low shelf to offer players free games.
Its most recent release was Halo 3, which came out in 2007. Microsoft pops out two free titles a month, one at the start of the month and another one at mid-month.
In the earlier part of October people were offered Might and Magic from 2007. Other titles released so far include Crackdown, Magic: The Gathering, Fable 3 and Dead Rising 2. All told, Microsoft said that these titles have been played for 120 million hours since being offered.
Games with Gold was set to run until at least November, but its stay has been extended. Microsoft said that users get to keep the games that they download, even if they let their Gold subscriptions lapse.
We don't know what games are coming, and it does not look like it will apply to Xbox One consoles, but Microsoft suggested that high quality titles are likely.
"Whether they are blockbuster AAA or popular arcade titles, Games with Gold continues to offer a diverse mix of games with two free Xbox 360 titles a month - yours to keep and at no additional cost," it said in a statement.
"According to recent surveys, 97 percent of participating members have given their stamp of approval for Games with Gold, and we're excited to continue bringing you great games every month as part of our ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360." µ
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