Tech Free Stuff for Xbox Nerds
posted by January 23 at 11:22 AMon
Do you own an Xbox 360? Then you should turn it on at some point between today and Sunday, connect it to the Internet, and dig through its downloadable games section. Doesn’t matter if you subscribe to the system’s paid online service or not; Microsoft is giving away a free game until Sunday, and it ain’t too shabby. Undertow is the latest in the burgeoning sea-combat genre, ranking right up there with…uh…um…the Jaws game for NES from the ’80s? No matter. You swim around and blow people up. Looks nice, controls smoothly. There’s not much of a learning curve, so the fun is immediate, and now that tons of people are nabbing the game, Undertow’s online team fights might finally be interesting.
Boy, aren’t our friends in Redmond some charitable folks? Thing is, the move is in response to the Xbox Live servers crashing and melting a few weeks ago, right around Christmas. Fanboys got pissed, posting their rage on Digg an average of two times for every racist epithet they weren’t able to shout on Xbox Live during the holidays. Even though MS quickly announced a game giveaway to calm the throngs, it was too little too late for three gamers who filed a class-action lawsuit. This is rich—the week of semi-outage comes to a grand total of not even one dollar per person ($50/year = 13 cents/day). Yeah, I get how class-action suits work—huge lump sum to cover every affected person—but seriously. If you’re lucky, guys, Microsoft will settle by offering you a free copy of Xbox Scientific Calculator ‘09.