Xbox Live Gold Membership: How Their Free Games Each Month Is Making My Backlog Worse

The first time I got my Xbox 360 a few years ago, I pretty much stalled on buying a Gold membership. Friends who had the Xbox much longer than I did were thrilled when I got one. For them, it meant I was now able to join them for online gaming sessions. That was all well and good, except I thought the one-year membership price was pretty steep. Why did I have to pay to play a game with friends online? Luckily, my cousin decided to give me a one-year membership for Christmas that year and I was able to play with him and a bunch of my other friends.

With the Xbox One battling with the Playstation 4 over which home console will reign supreme in gamers’ hearts, incentives had to be made in order to entice consumers to buy one console over the other. Among those incentives that Microsoft has decided to offer is making two game titles available to download for free each month, as long as you have a Gold membership. As someone who has a Gold membership already and finding one game I want to own and play offered for free each month is something I just can’t refuse. This doesn’t mean it’s a good thing for my current backlog.

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