Xbox Gold great value

Penticton Herald - - ARTS - SASCHA HEIST

Xbox Live has come a long way over 16 years. The live ser­vice was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for gamers who wanted to play other peo­ple from around the globe.

As the years pro­gressed, it ex­panded with peo­ple need­ing it for Net­flix and other apps.

The Sega Dream­cast of­fered on­line play a few years ear­lier, but it never took off and the sys­tem ul­ti­mately failed.

The ad­di­tion of games like Halo and Un­real Cham­pi­onship helped ce­ment Xbox Live in the eyes of gamers.

A ma­jor draw of the ser­vice was not only the abil­ity to play with oth­ers on the other side of the globe, but with the head­set in­cluded, the abil­ity to trash talk the per­son los­ing to you and your friends was a fresh and novel idea.

Within the first four years, the live ser­vice had around two mil­lion on­line users.

Just a few years ago in 2013, the user count reached over 40 mil­lion.

The ad­di­tion of Net­flix was a boost for the ser­vice, although you no longer have to get XBox Gold to re­ceive the stream­ing movie ser­vice.

The abil­ity to play with friends is also no longer the only sell­ing point of XBox Live Gold.

One of the new­est rea­sons to get the Gold is the Games with Gold ser­vice. The ser­vice launched in 2013 and gave Gold users the abil­ity to down­load and play full ti­tles for free ev­ery month.

The ti­tles would change twice a month, and once play­ers have a ti­tle down­loaded, they can play any­time.

The ser­vice started adding full re­tail ti­tles like Dead Ris­ing 2 and Crack­down, along­side of the Xbox Live Ar­cade ti­tles.

With around four ti­tles fea­tured ev­ery month, the ser­vice is more than worth the $50 a year.

An­other ben­e­fit to be­ing a mem­ber is that each month, down­load­able games will be dis­counted for Gold mem­bers. The dis­count can range from $5 and up, de­pend­ing on the ti­tle.

All in all, the Xbox Live Gold mem­ber­ship is one of the best val­ues for on­line ser­vices on any con­sole.

Next week. look for my an­nual Hol­i­day Guide.

Sascha Heist is a Pen­tic­ton gamer. Con­tact Sascha at sg­gall@telus.net On XBox One: ace­hardy13 On PSN: ace­hardy13

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