Xbox Live Turns 10, Microsoft Discounts Popular XBLA Games


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Regardless of your platform loyalties, you have to give it up for Xbox Live. Microsoft, with its extensive knowledge in networking, showed console gaming how online connectivity was done. Since then, Xbox Live has been the de facto online gaming service across two generations. It would be more than enough for Microsoft to pat itself on the back, but the company is celebrating the anniversary with its fans.

Major Nelson announced today that Microsoft is going all out for the tenth anniversary of Xbox Live. The company is giving out some pretty sweet special edition consoles to Xbox Live subscribers that have been there since the beginning, but the company is also giving away a free game to every Xbox Live Member.

The game in question is Wreckateer, a Kinect-enabled "Angry Birds-like" game that has players launching themselves into castles. You may not have a Kinect, but it's free to everyone. Might as well grab it just in case. It will remain free through tomorrow, November 16.

Microsoft is also offering 50 percent off discounts on a number of Xbox Live's most popular games. The titles on sale include Castle Crashers, Battlefield 1943, Fruit Ninja Kinect, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Bastion, Peggle and Full House Poker. The deals will last until November 22.

As an added bonus, Major Nelson will be giving away ten one year Xbox Live Gold subscriptions every hour until 7 p.m. tonight. All you have to do is send a tweet to @MajorNelson with the hashtag #XboxLiveis10.

Speaking of hashtags, let's take a peek into how Xbox Live fans are celebrating 10 years of preteens using language that would make a sailor blush: