Facebook on Xbox live.
I would have a full detailed report here about how great it is or how you should avoid it like the plague. But instead, I’ll rant about how you MUST be a Xbox Live GOLD member to use it. Microsoft is slowly taking away everything that was useful being a silver member.
I don’t pay Google to use youtube, I don’t pay Windstream to use Windows, why should I pay Microsoft to use facebook? I was a Gold member for years, but I no longer have the time to play, I heard about this Facebook on Xbox so I wanted a first hand account. Many updates and downloads later (It says it’s free) I got the Facebook app installed on my Xbox.
BAM! after launching it, it informed me I had to be a Gold member. Ok, let’s check this. It’s Facebooks bandwidth that it would be using, Microsoft says gold members, support the logon servers and etc that make the xbox live network possible. But I downloaded the app, as a SILVER member. I installed updates as a SILVER member. Then I couldn’t use all that stuff that I downloaded, as a SILVER member… Hmmm wait? This makes no sense to anyone else right? If it’s so costly on their network, why could I do all that stuff as a silver member? The whole arrangement of XBOX live has gone downhill. I canceled my Gold accounts, and I feel even stronger in my decision now.
And with new games like Call of Duty Modern warfare 2 neutering the PC version by making it like Xbox live, I see the ability for smaller companies to make a breakthrough game because the big guys are becoming stingy. Games that aren’t fun won’t sell. I WILL NOT BUY anymore Call Of Duty, or Infinity Ward games for that matter. They burned that bridge as far as I’m concerned.
But they have become this way because of Xbox Live, I’m sure. The sooner we boycott xbox live, the sooner our games will start to return to normal. And by normal I mean, dedicated servers, more options, and less bullcrap, which makes the game no fun….