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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Wednesday, 14 November 2007

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Happy Birthday to Xbox Live, tomorrow they will turn 5 years old. I know we have not always seen eye-to-eye over the years, but you're doing some good work. In fact, they're set to do even more good work with a big update which will incorporate a host of new features starting 4 December. In addition, the company notes that the latest membership figures show more than 8 million members are now active.

As a gesture of thanks to the gaming community, all 8 million members will have the opportunity to download a free Xbox LIVE Arcade game,* available for downloading between 12:01 a.m. PST on Nov. 15 and 11:59 p.m. PST on Nov. 16.

** In addition to this, every active member who joined the service in 2002 will receive 500 free Microsoft Points.

As if that wasn't enough, there is a big free system update coming on 4 December that will allow users to do several more interesting things with the 'world's largest console-based social network.' 

Included in this update will be the launch of Xbox Originals, which, for the first time, will enable consumers to download and own full Xbox games, such as "Halo," "Psychonauts," "Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge" and "Fable," among others, directly to their Xbox 360. This new service will launch with an array of blockbuster titles spanning the most popular genres from action-adventure to classic role-playing games.

Oddly, I'm still playing Crimson Skies on my original Xbox.

With no disc necessary, and at just 1,200 Microsoft Points per game, Xbox LIVE members can easily rediscover these hit titles, or check out a game they missed the first time around. This launch lineup is only the beginning, as Xbox 360 owners can expect to see a growing catalog of Xbox games to download and own over the coming year.

I'm not sure if 1200 points is a deal, I think most of these games are selling for $10 or less and all, I'm sure, are in the Platinum hits collection. So that means you can expect titles like PGR (another title I still play on my original Xbox), Spyhunter and maybe even Beyond Good and Evil which features one of the choices for best female game character from our current Top 5 Tuesday poll, you can vote for that here .



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