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Xbox upping the price for gold? Anybody think this is good idea at all?

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:06 PM

So it looks like Microsoft is going to up the price on gold for Xbox live. After November, the monthly fee of $7.99 will apparently go up to $10 a month. I'm definitely not happy about this. Not that I can't afford it or anything, I just don't see the logic in it. Microsoft is arguing about since they have so many millions of people being online that upping the price will help get them bigger and better things. I find that hard to believe that even with only 2 million people paying 8 dollars a month, they would wind up with 16 million dollars. What the heck aren't you getting with that kind of money? I also find it odd since for the moment PSN is still free. Plus you add on to the fact that PS3 is getting more exclusives over the next year, (whether it's online content or full games) it kind of seems like a shot in the foot. Even though I have Halo reach pre-ordered if I do save up enough for my ps3 by Christmas time I don't wanna be paying 10 bucks a month for only 2 games.

What do you guys think? Think there is anything good about this at all?
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:15 PM

The only reason they're doing it: Because they know people will pay it. I have an xbox and I stay off live due to whining children and the fact that...Yes, PSN is free to play on. Why pay for something that another system offers free?
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:25 PM

That's a shame. Do you know if they'll be increasing the price if you buy it for one year, or three months?
I guess I only buy it intermittently, a few months each year, so it won't hurt too badly.
But they would do this just before Reach comes out. Say what you want, but they're not stupid.
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:31 PM

Well they made the year membership $39.99 for another two months. I haven't had gold since May 15th of this year. I actually don't use it much. I thought what's more important - my gold membership or renewing my warranty?
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 04:04 PM

I'm on the xbox mailing list, and they sent me an email yesterday with the information about this. I was like, "You gotta be kidding me..."

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 04:18 PM

If you think about it, a year long membership only costs 60 cents more per month.

Yeah the price goes up but thats not even a dollar.
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 04:34 PM

Yeah, not to happy about this, I actually buy it in 1/3 month intervals. (Reasons why I have to do that)

Guess I'll go get it for a year next time.
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 04:49 PM

Doesn't bother me at all since playing games online is what PCs are for. In terms of current-gen consoles, there's maybe one game per console with online gameplay that interests me. Still doesn't warrant getting a wireless router or even the time to set up an ethernet cable, in my case.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 05:08 PM

View Postchickenandgranolabars, on 31 August 2010 - 03:25 PM, said:

That's a shame. Do you know if they'll be increasing the price if you buy it for one year, or three months?
I guess I only buy it intermittently, a few months each year, so it won't hurt too badly.
But they would do this just before Reach comes out. Say what you want, but they're not stupid.

Well I'm not sure If they are charging more for the year superscription since mine isn't up and we haven't got new year memberships at work yet. I'm probably gonna just get another 50 dollar year subscription before they change the price since I get a discount at work.
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:00 PM

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 12:25 AM

View PostDark Stranger, on 31 August 2010 - 05:08 PM, said:

Well I'm not sure If they are charging more for the year superscription since mine isn't up and we haven't got new year memberships at work yet. I'm probably gonna just get another 50 dollar year subscription before they change the price since I get a discount at work.

That's probably the way to go. I wonder if the 7-11 by my house has any one month cards left...
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 10:31 AM

Their raising the price saying "Oh look at us we have new features for those of you who have Xbox Live although some of them rely on you having the Kinetic thingy-mah-bobber to use it but we'll still charge you for it anyways!" I like playing online but I only play with usually 2 people online and only about once or twice a month for a few hours each time which really isn't enough to justify spending $60 on the Gold Membership when I could take that $60 and use it to buy a new game instead.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 11:23 AM

View PostTaiyakiOni, on 01 September 2010 - 10:31 AM, said:

Seriously, the PS2 tried this stuff out with the Eye Toy before and look how popular that got... -remembers the time him and his coworkers used the Eye Toys for batting practice behind the shop because we had to cut down stock of the damn things-
Eye Toy was popular? It had less games than the Sega 32X. :blink:

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 11:32 AM

I don't like the reason (Kinect my foot, it's going to be another gimmick), but doesn't affect me much. I usually buy my memberships online when they're cheap...I haven't paid more than $30-35 for a year subscription yet. If that price goes to $40...oh well.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 11:45 AM

View PostSir Viver, on 01 September 2010 - 11:23 AM, said:

Eye Toy was popular? It had less games than the Sega 32X. :blink:

I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 11:48 AM

View PostBakaOrochi, on 01 September 2010 - 11:32 AM, said:

I don't like the reason (Kinect my foot, it's going to be another gimmick), but doesn't affect me much.


If this is the reason I expect Kinect to fail miserably and the price to go back down to 50 dollars. Harumph ):<
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 12:15 PM

View PostLina, on 01 September 2010 - 11:45 AM, said:

I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic.

View PostTaiyakiOni, on 01 September 2010 - 10:31 AM, said:

-remembers the time him and his coworkers used the Eye Toys for batting practice behind the shop because we had to cut down stock of the damn things-
If so, then that was some pretty in-depth sarcasm.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:40 PM

I find it odd that the price would go up just when the Kinect and the newest version of Halo coming out soon. I was gonna get one but ill just pass. I love my PS3 because I play my online friends for free. Sure they have a PSN Plus, but you don't have to buy it. I still want a 360 for Dead Rising, but I can play solo without online.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 02:40 PM

I still am waiting for Playstation to make Playstation Plus mandatory to play online. Thankfully, my friends preordered Halo Reach for me for my birthday so at least I'll get to play it before they up the price. Also I just found out that Xbox came out with a "new" controller too which is really nothing more then a new d-pad. Price-$65! Those two things don't look too appealing to non xbox owners.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 02:47 PM

View PostDark Stranger, on 01 September 2010 - 02:40 PM, said:

I still am waiting for Playstation to make Playstation Plus mandatory to play online. Thankfully, my friends preordered Halo Reach for me for my birthday so at least I'll get to play it before they up the price. Also I just found out that Xbox came out with a "new" controller too which is really nothing more then a new d-pad. Price-$65! Those two things don't look too appealing to non xbox owners.


I am a non XBOX owner. I was gonna get one, but im having second thoughts. $60 for playing my games online seems a bit, especially in this economy. I dont know why they would raise the price so high for something I can play on the PSN or heck on my PC for free. I have heard there are some ways you can by pass the $60 a year buy buying it through Amazon or Ebay cheaper.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 02:49 PM

View PostSir Viver, on 01 September 2010 - 11:23 AM, said:

Eye Toy was popular? It had less games than the Sega 32X. :blink:

Oops, forgot Sarcasm doesn't show well in text, maybe read the entire post next time ok?

Cuz obviously if we used them for batting practice when the company told us to get rid of them no one cared for it.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 03:30 PM

View PostTaiyakiOni, on 01 September 2010 - 02:49 PM, said:

Oops, forgot Sarcasm doesn't show well in text, maybe read the entire post next time ok?

Cuz obviously if we used them for batting practice when the company told us to get rid of them no one cared for it.


Whoops, guess I misread your entire post when I did read it. Vas groggy, etc.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 04:08 PM

View Postexcel excel, on 01 September 2010 - 02:47 PM, said:

I am a non XBOX owner. I was gonna get one, but im having second thoughts. $60 for playing my games online seems a bit, especially in this economy. I dont know why they would raise the price so high for something I can play on the PSN or heck on my PC for free. I have heard there are some ways you can by pass the $60 a year buy buying it through Amazon or Ebay cheaper.

See I could see them doing it if they had some more exclusive games that way if people wanted to play those games they would have to pay the money to play them. But the big one they are have is of course Halo: Reach and Dead Rising 2. While I love both of those games, do I really wanna pay 10 bucks a month for them? idk. Mostly depends on money each month.
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 05:43 PM

Ebay sells the year membership for less than the current price. The only problem is that some sellers neglect to mention if it's a CA or USA card. I'll be buying my card either from Xbox direct before that offer ends or through ebay. I'm in no rush and I sure as hell don't spend $60 on games. I never have.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 02:36 PM

I don't like it. But I agree that it's because people will pay for it. I'm still in for the whole "Xbox LIVE should be free." Bwahahaha.
So now I have 60 buck games, and now more expensive LIVE? yay. --__--
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 01:21 AM

Well xbox had a sale when reach came out. A year membership for only 40 bucks. So I'm set for awhile.
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:03 AM

I'm ok with this.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 04:02 PM

View Postexcel excel, on 01 September 2010 - 01:40 PM, said:

I find it odd that the price would go up just when the Kinect and the newest version of Halo coming out soon. I was gonna get one but ill just pass. I love my PS3 because I play my online friends for free. Sure they have a PSN Plus, but you don't have to buy it. I still want a 360 for Dead Rising, but I can play solo without online.

dead rising 2 is coming out on ps3 as well. but i think its a great idea for them jacking up the price, maybe some hardcore xbox live players will finally realize that paying to play online is a stupid idea when they can play online for free with the ps3
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 06:03 PM

This is Microsoft we're talking about. On the whole, the decisions they've been known to make (and force developers to make) between the console and Live have been largely awful, and their reactions to losing exclusive (or not getting them period) are usually pretty immature. Jamie has a 360, but he hasn't used it in...gosh, it's been well over a year, since it got booted off Live for having a modded hard drive. Can't say we miss it that much, either...tho we definitely enjoy PSN instead.
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 12:52 PM

I am going to be blunt here: whether or not you agree with it or think it's dumb, it was probably inevitable. Simple economics and inflation effect everything just like how games for the hd twins are $60 as opposed to $50 from last generation. I do believe they should add more incentives to get a gold membership due to this inflated cost.
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