BioShock Infinite
Free Xbox Live Weekend Coming Next Week, Courtesy of BioShock Infinite
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Microsoft has announced what it's touting as it's "biggest ever free Xbox Live Gold unlock weekend", sponsored by BioShock Infinite. Next weekend you'll be able to gain full access to the full suite of Xbox Live Gold content, including movies, multiplayer events and more.

It'll also coincide with 'Rockstar Friday', which promises multiplayer events in Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Max Payne 3, Midnight Club LA and Red Dead Redemption from 12-5pm GMT on March 8th. Other games holding multiplayer events next weekend include Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed III, FIFA Ultimate Team and Forza Horizon.

You'll be able to take advantage of next week's free Xbox Live Gold unlock weekend from 12:00 GMT on Friday, March 8th until 23:59 GMT on Sunday, March 10th. Visit this here link for a full rundown of the game offers and other bonuses.


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Comment #1 by ICGMU12321
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 10:42:04 AM
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I have Gold so it doesn't affect me, but it would be cool if Microsoft was nice enough to tack on 2 days to the end of everyones gold subscriptions.

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Comment #2 by TacticalTodger
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 10:45:36 AM
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@1 Never going to happen, it's for people who don't have Gold so Microsoft will hopefully get people get dig into their pockets to pay for Gold.

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Comment #3 by UberPirateNinja
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 10:52:01 AM
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Eh? But Bioshock Infinite has no multiplayer, what are they hoping to get out of this?

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Comment #4 by HorsemanOfWar16
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 10:52:59 AM
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Hay Microsoft, how about you give something to the people stupidly enough already paying for this service!
(don't worry, I'm in that category as well)

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Comment #5 by Leviathan v2
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 10:56:12 AM
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Damn, i'm going to Sydney on thursday and i'll miss this weekend, i really want red dead redemption triple xp to be permanent, it's not extending the game's life, rockstar! You rank up so slowly it's boring

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Comment #6 by GrislyGrizzly
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 10:59:59 AM
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It has nothing to do with you or existing Gold members. It's about promoting Gold to people who aren't currently paying for it. We get enough two-day vouchers when we pop open games for the first time anyway.

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Comment #7 by WilliamT8
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 11:06:18 AM
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@3 Advertisement

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Comment #8 by Oceans4Ransom
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 11:07:23 AM
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Either way, it would be nice for certain events, RDR 3x EXP, to be permanent as noted above. Gold would be nice if they charged less. It doesn't bother me since I just bought 12 months from Best Buy for $24.99 during their deal for $35 and using a $10 rewards coupon. I haven't bought Gold for the original price ever since I first got it. It's been a blessing.

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Comment #9 by Mc1ovin11
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 11:09:50 AM
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Double xp might get me playing Far Cry 3 and AC3 online for the weekend!

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Comment #10 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 11:30:05 AM
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Is M$ so generous because the 360 is hitting the end of its lifecycle?

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Comment #11 by bentiancai
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 11:45:34 AM
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I think most of us are golden here :l

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Comment #12 by Obi-Brown
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 11:57:34 AM
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trying to think what online achivements i can try and bust out over the weekend, maybe hitman absolution or AC3

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Comment #13 by xtye
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 12:04:45 PM
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What regions are getting this? It's a non US link..

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Comment #14 by bentiancai
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 12:08:58 PM
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#13: it is for British according to that link, we are not sure it will be available for US residents or not.

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Comment #15 by tripleb2k
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 12:47:32 PM
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I really want to know what the Forza Horizon and Borderlands 2 events are...

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Comment #16 by pined5551
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 12:48:53 PM
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I wish Rockstar would do some x2 money for GTA IV for once! Also put the Max Payne Season Pass on sale.

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Comment #17 by Puck Yeah
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 01:29:53 PM
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I might ditch my gold account and make a new silver one so I can pretend MS gives a fuck.

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Comment #18 by Snowed
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 01:37:25 PM
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Anyone with Portal 2 might want to take advantage of this. Just saying.

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Comment #19 by Stoko
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 02:08:46 PM
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"It'll also coincide with 'Rockstar Friday', which promises multiplayer events in Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City, Max Payne 3, Midnight Club LA and Red Dead Redemption from 12-5pm GMT on March 8th."

Two questions: 1) March 8th is a Monday, so why is it "Rockstar Friday"? 2) What good is it to have multiplayer events 12pm-5pm on a Monday when a ton of people will be at work?

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Comment #20 by UberPirateNinja
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 02:12:13 PM
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@19 Um, March 8 IS a Friday dude, a week today, which is also a Friday coincidentally.

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Comment #21 by Stoko
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 02:19:41 PM
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@20 Ahahaha, I'm such a tard. Looking at my calendar, at next month, where the 8th is a Monday. Thinking next month is March, because I thought it was still February. Okay, so disregard that. Still kinda daft arranging multiplayer events during the work week though IMO :P

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Comment #22 by ELITEx97
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 02:38:39 PM
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Somehow in this day and age, microsoft dosn't realise that selling things at a higher price results in less sales, something sony havntr realised for the pas 10 years

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Comment #23 by RockMan Respect
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 03:12:22 PM
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@17 I dream that one day they start caring too.

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Comment #24 by Darth Villainous
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 05:41:23 PM
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According to Joystiq this is UK only, which sucks, as it'd make finishing the stupid GRAW 2 MP achievements much easier.

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Comment #25 by h4mm32
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 11:09:09 PM
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#3 it's redemption for the horror that was bioshock 2

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Comment #26 by condemmedman
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 01:16:29 AM
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This is my last year paying for gold Im on 6 years now and when I got 20 points for it being my birthday that finished it for me :-( . I know it free points but what can I get for 20 points !!! really bad pr microsoft and your losing someome who spends a fair share of money with you . Better rethink your gameplan for next gen MS if you want to keep me.

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Comment #27 by Restricted-Access
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 01:52:57 AM
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Way to look a gift horse in the mouth - even when it isn't very generous. I don't recall Microsoft telling me (or anyone else, for that matter) that users will get free stuff for paying to "use" their online service.

If you eat at a restaurant on your birthday, because they say they'll give you a free dessert... when they bring you a slice of cake, do you tell them you will never eat there again, because they didn't give you a "whole" cake?

I thought Microsoft was - at times - greedy... but you've got them beat by a mile. I hope you enjoy playing games on the crappy free PlayStation network!!

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Comment #28 by Spartan375x
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 03:56:40 AM
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F%& Gold expires on the 12...

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Comment #29 by ChipSpudskin
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 05:40:12 AM
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Sounds good. The MP had already dried up by the time I bought MC:LA, looking forward to a chance to play some!

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Comment #30 by MyRifleIsBroken
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 05:56:30 AM
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Sucks for those games with online passes still

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Comment #32 by smokevf
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 08:42:07 AM
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you know it! Microsoft wouldn't just give games out for $2.99, 60-80% of games that's crazy to them. there trying to get as much money from these games as they can before new gen is out.

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Comment #33 by DougTheJoker
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 12:24:16 PM
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I've been a live member for over 3 years and not once have I seen Microsoft give any gold members anything worth while. Every month they give at least a deal of the week that was in the previous month.. The only reason Microsoft is doing any of this is because the ps4 is here and they're afraid of losing people, so their idea is to lower prices on high games once a day for a week only. Not realizing that they would actually make more if they would keep all the games lowered for a week.. The only reason silver members are getting 2 day's free if because Microsoft refuses anytime more than that. It seems to be as if Microsoft is too worried about people actually enjoying a week or so of actually discovering what gold is really all about.

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Comment #34 by The Red Russian
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 06:48:48 PM
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Microsoft sent me 1 month free of gold as compensation for a Cloud storage issue that didn't affect me – I'll take it/

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Comment #35 by zyxomma100
Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 02:30:52 AM
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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, true... but this isn't a gift horse, and your cake analogy isn't quite accurate.

Imagine, instead of a whole slice of cake, the restaurant gave you 5 crumbs. Afterward, they asked you to tell them what you thought of the dessert, and they brought out the cook from the kitchen to explain that the company was being nice and rewarding their loyal customers.

Sure, strictly speaking, it's better than nothing... But the way MS handled it left a bad taste in people's mouths. Remember that MS literally made a press announcement for a press announcement to say that they would start handing out surprise birthday gifts to their members. If MS had just started doing it, it wouldn't have been so bad. But they actually had the nerve to parade around and wave the 20 points in front of our faces as though they were doing everyone a huge favor.

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Comment #36 by francisrossi
Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 09:28:52 AM
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@35 - What, you couldn't find anything worth buying on XBL for 20 points?

I found loads! Oh, wait. I didn't. Tight-arsed bastards.

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Comment #37 by ERMAHGERD PERG
Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 03:53:31 PM
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This doesn't really affect me but it's definitely nice for people without live

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Comment #38 by bridge188
Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 04:28:01 PM
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@36 - Pretty sure you can't even get something rubbish for your avatar for 20 msp :-(

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Comment #39 by BusiedQuasar3
Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 11:48:09 PM
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can anybody tell me the time for kenya

at what time the xbox live will be free

and 12:00 gmt is am or pm

plzz help

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Comment #40 by pillz
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 04:14:54 PM
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well this is fake i dont know were you get your info but plz dont get it from there again lmao no trust

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Comment #41 by DarkShadowSabre
Friday, March 08, 2013 @ 07:47:04 PM
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Yo, Richard Walker

Wherever you got your info it's full of crap.

It's past midday Saturday in Australia and no free Gold.

Were we supposed to click somewhere first.

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Comment #42 by CrAzYnEsS
Saturday, March 09, 2013 @ 04:02:08 AM
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Yeah there is no free gold wtf?

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Comment #43 by Wintechr
Saturday, March 09, 2013 @ 10:05:57 AM
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What is it only for Great Britain and not for USA?

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