Posts tagged Xbox Live
TIL: you can’t have more than 36 months of Xbox Live Gold remaining on your account.
I just tried to redeem a 12 month Xbox Live code and got a weird billing error. After talking to support it turns out that you can’t have 36 months of Live remaining on your account. And if you try to redeem a Xbox Live prepaid card that pushes you past the 36 month timeframe it’ll lock you out.
Looks like I’m going to have to wait until May 8th to activate this code… I really hope I don’t lose it between now and then.
Xbox Live Price Increasing
I’m not surprised by this. Actually, I’m more surprised it didn’t happen sooner. The price of Xbox Live has been 50 dollars since it launched on the original Xbox. I expected the price to rise after the the 360 was released.
While this is terrible, horrible news, for Xbox Live subscribers know this, Amazon is your friend. I haven’t paid full price for Xbox Live in years because I can always find cards at 10-15 dollars cheaper. So while this does affect everyone, know that you can still save some money. Also, you can buy a year subscription now and lock in that current price.
This week at Gamescom in Germany, Microsoft unveiled how Xbox Live is going to work with Windows Phone 7. It seems they are finally going to make good on the promise to deliver Xbox Live Anywhere… one they made during E3 2006.
Back in the dark days before the iPhone, Microsoft promised to deliver the ability to take your Xbox Live profile with you on your mobile device, see what your friends are doing, send messages, check gamerscore, and even “Start a game on Xbox, continue it on your phone.” There was a walkthrough of Live Anywhere on Eurogamer… but the video has since been deleted.
Engadget has an article from May 2006 that says:
Halo isn’t going to run so well on your RAZR, so for actual cross platform titles, Microsoft is sticking with XBLA-esque games that can translate easily to different platform, such as Bejeweled. There will, however, be major games that can be played on your Vista PC and Xbox 360. Microsoft is banking heavily on third party support for Live Anywhere, in the form of mobile friendly value-adds for 360 games, and just straight up phone-friendly casual titles.
Where did that go? And why doesn’t anyone bring it up anymore? It was announced at E3 and was legitimate enough that Penny Arcade accurately mocked the service a few months later in 2006 with a comic, and a complimentary news post.
There are so many Avatar… whatevers… right now that I want. It is taking every fiber of my restraint not to purchase digital clothing and toys for my Avatar.
It started with a tweet from Xbox Live’s e. He says “There’s no way to delete gamertags, period.” I was struck by that sentence. Xbox Live is the best online console service. It’s features far outweigh it’s competitors (I know, I have all 3 systems) and the Xbox 360 has more parental controls than even I would know what to do with. But there is no way to remove myself from the service? That can’t be right. I called Microsoft and tested it.
I was on the phone for half an hour and spoke to 3 different operators. They told me numerous times that they couldn’t delete my Gamertag but never said why. As someone who uses their service, and especially as someone that is paying for that service I expect the ability to remove myself whenever I want.
There was a huge debacle last year when Facebook changed its terms of service allowing them to retain your account information and use it as they deem fit even after you have terminated your profile. After two days Facebook relented and now if you delete your account it’s gone forever. That’s all I’m asking of Microsoft. To allow me to delete my account.
We live in the kind of world where something you do on the internet can affect a great portion of your life. A world where if you apply for a job the first thing HR is going to do is a Google search and the second thing they’re going to do is try and find you on Facebook. This should not be news for anyone, especially those of you reading this blog, but it is worth remembering.
Anything you put on the Internet you should be allowed to remove from the internet. With a few clicks I can forever remove my Vimeo videos, my Facebook account and Nerdology, the three pillars of my online identity, so I find it insane that there is no way to remove my Xbox account.
If I decide to run for political office (however unlikely) do I want people to know that I have the grab bag achievement in Turok? No. Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to differentiate Gold and Silver memberships on Xbox Live, add “allows you to remove yourself from the service” to the list of Gold memberships along side “access to demo’s early” and “online multiplayer.”
As I said in my earlier post, I’m not doing this because I hate Xbox Live. Quite the opposite. I want it to be the best service it can be and all I wan’t to do is point out the absurdities getting in the way.
Microsoft Won’t Allow You To Permanently Delete Your Gamertag
I’m making a big deal out of this because I love the Xbox service. Because the Xbox 360 has more parental controls than even I would know what to do with. And because I should be allowed to remove myself from a service that I am/was paying for.
The phone call lasted around 30 minutes. The above video is 1/5 that length, so yes it is heavily edited, but only because nobody want’s to sit through 30 minutes of me talking to operators.