Monday, August 06, 2007
Xbox Live Gold Membership Thoughts
This past Saturday, my one month trial for my Xbox Live Gold Membership came to a close, and I'm now back to a basic Silver Membership.
As everyone knows, having a Gold Membership via Xbox Live costs a fee, and when it's all said and done, the only major difference between a Gold and Silver Membership is that you need a Gold Membership to play Multiplayer games. On occasion Gold Members will be able to download certain content about a week before Silver Members, and Gold Members can also send messages to those on their Friends list via the Xbox web site, but these are really moot points.
When all is said and done, it comes down to this simple question: Is it worth paying a maximum of $8.99 a month to play Multiplayer games? Since I'm mainly a Single Player gamer, the answer is no, it is not. I still have access to all the great content on the Xbox Live Marketplace, as well as patches, Friends, and Windows Live Messenger as a Silver Member, and since I'm not a huge Multiplayer guy, I do not see the point at all.
I'm expecting Halo 3 will come with another free trial card, so should I fire that up, love it, and want to keep playing it, well that will change things. In the interim though, with such great Single Player games on the way (BioShock and Mass Effect), I'd rather save my money for them instead.