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Mama_Luigi

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I think i'm gonna get a Xbox 360 for christmas and i have this one question for XBLA.
I've heard that you have to pay to get online with the 360, does this include XBLA?
And I'm not asking about the Microsoft point thing.

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Fearnavigatr

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Nope, you're good. Anyone with a 360 and an internet connection can have a silver membership for free, which includes full access to the game marketplace.

The gold membership requires a monthly fee, and is mostly only needed to play multiplayer games online. A silver membership still lets you connect and send messages to friends. There are some special discounts and offers for gold members on XBLA, but otherwise you only need to pay for the Microsoft points to download the games.

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DarkG

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When you sign up for Xbox LIVE from an Xbox 360 console, you get 1 month of free Xbox LIVE Gold with all it's features (Cross-game chat, party system, online play, matchmaking, Deal of the Week, 1 vs 100, early access to demos, etc.).

You can access the marketplace, and play online the enabled games (all games that are Games for Windows - LIVE on PC and have cross-platform play) with a Silver membership.

To go Gold, you can either pay monthly (which is the most expensive option), or yearly (you can get 1 year cards online from $35 and up, or buy directly from the Marketplace at $49.99). The deals are more than worth the price of admission, and you can get free Microsoft Points by playing 1 vs 100 on LIVE)

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colmtheperson

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Stick with Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. Free.

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OldBoy

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colmtheperson wrote:

Stick with Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. Free.

Yeah but...you get what you pay for!!

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Mama_Luigi

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colmtheperson wrote:

Stick with Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. Free.

Nintendo Wi-Fi connection on Xbox 360? lol. :D
While we're at it, is Banjo Tooie (XBLA) released in Europe?

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@Luigi - I keep hearing that the wii online is worst than xbx and that's not true. I have seen both and they act pretty much the same. Sometimes better, sometimes don't. Is a matter of what kind of connection you have.

That's why I don't see why people pays for play online if the experience is the same.

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Mama_Luigi

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buffalobob wrote:

@Luigi - I keep hearing that the wii online is worst than xbx and that's not true. I have seen both and they act pretty much the same. Sometimes better, sometimes don't. Is a matter of what kind of connection you have.

That's why I don't see why people pays for play online if the experience is the same.

Oh ok, i didn't know that. Wow, i know nothing about non-Nintendo systems.

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DarkG

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buffalobob wrote:

@Luigi - I keep hearing that the wii online is worst than xbx and that's not true. I have seen both and they act pretty much the same. Sometimes better, sometimes don't. Is a matter of what kind of connection you have.

That's why I don't see why people pays for play online if the experience is the same.

That can't be more wrong...

I've got all my consoles online, and there's simply NOTHING like Xbox LIVE... it's the only one that downloads at full speed, only lags when I'm intensely using the connection on my PC too, and doesn't drop me from matches (unless the host kicks me lol).

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is not that bad... overall, performs better than PlayStation Network, specially because of faster downloads and less frequent lag, but they are pretty much tied...

You get what you pay for, and Xbox LIVE Gold is simply the best online experience available on a console.

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OldBoy

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@Buffalobob. The money that you pay for XBL pays for the severs and their upkeep which means you get a flawless online game. Having played SuperSmashBros online which is close to unplayable a lot of the time I know which one I prefer.Plus there are ton's of demo's, no friend codes ,voice chat as std. etc XBL cost's about 70 pence per week, not really a high price to pay is it? :)

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The_Fox

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I wish the Wii online experience were as solid as the Xbox 360 or PS3, but sadly that's not the case :( I've just had way too many glitches and dropped games (on a variety of titles) to get very excited about a new online Wii game.

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Fearnavigatr

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Mama+Luigi wrote:

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While we're at it, is Banjo Tooie (XBLA) released in Europe?

Yessir.

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buffalobob wrote:

@Luigi - I keep hearing that the wii online is worst than xbx and that's not true. I have seen both and they act pretty much the same. Sometimes better, sometimes don't. Is a matter of what kind of connection you have.

That's why I don't see why people pays for play online if the experience is the same.

It only took me about 5 minutes of experience with Xbox Live to realize it was approximately 1,000 times better than the Wii's online experience. Again, not that I've had my Xbox long or anything, but the difference is immediately and urgently noticeable.

As an example, I actually find reasons to use Xbox Live, and I have yet to have a serious issue with connection or lag, whereas I wish I could play even one GAME of Smash Bros. without a connection or lag issue.

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