Tag Archive: Xbox Games With Gold

The title of this post is a question from someone in response to a video I posted on Youtube, which was not really connected to the question…….but at the same time I felt his or her pain.  If you have had Xbox Live in the last few months, you know the struggle too.  However overall I think its a great console and a lot of these growing pains go back to before the console even launched………..anyways…………………………………………

It depends. First things first, I assume that you have an Xbox Live Gold membership eh? I have not talked with anyone about anything having to do with I think its Silver (Non Gold Xbox Live Memberships).

OK well what I have done when I have had problems is:
Of course you can unplug your Modem and Router (we have a 2 in 1, so I only have to unplug one thing) and plug it back in and then when it boots back up – try again.

You can also on the Xbox One go to Settings, then Network Settings and then at the bottom left corner of the page go to ‘Alternate Mac Address’ and select ‘Clear’. You will then get a message that the Xbox One needs to restart to proceed or something like that…….so go ahead and do that and wait for the Xbox One to restart and you should be good.

Beyond that, I dunno……..not everyone has the same internet speeds….some people have slower internet even though you may have Broadband it is slower or faster than somebody. Also DSL is generally not very good or that reliable unless you have a T1 or something like that and that’s crazy money unless you are a business or some type of professional.

Now Xbox has had a LOT of problems over the last few years……much to my chagrin as I discovered this after I got my Xbox One……..BUT overall I love my Xbox One…….I guess its like the Offspring song “Self Esteem”.
The Xbox One is a GREAT console but its still catching up from the botched launch……..a lot of what they wanted it to do was rejected and people in masses bought PS4’s instead. Anyways things are looking up for the Xbox, they are selling more consoles and the network issues are fewer and fewer – but there is still a lot more to be done.

One thing that SUCKS is on the Games With Gold you have to have a CC (or Debit, whatever) on file to get the FREE Xbox 360 Games with Gold Game(s).
HOWEVER, I have never had to have an alternate form of payment on file to get the FREE Xbox One Games with Gold! So yeah sometimes its a WTF for sure no matter what….but wait there’s more…….
If you play any EA games like Madden or Fifa sometimes you get kicked offline for no reason and get an error message something to the effect of “You have been disconnected from the EA servers. Please check your connection and try again”. This really sucks if you are playing a cloud Franchise game in Madden and you are smoking the other team and “POOF” you get kicked offline in the middle of the second quarter.

Good Luck To Everyone out there!

One side note on why I am upset that you need a form of payment on file to get the free Xbox 360 games on Xbox One (per Games With Gold,provided of course you have a current active Xbox Live Gold membership)………



Xbox Games With Gold????

OK so anyone that has an Xbox and an Xbox Live membership probably knows about the “Games With Gold” program.  HOWEVER if you have an Xbox One, then wait there’s more!

OK so first of all Microsoft made a big yip-dee-doo out of their whole Backwards Compatibility program (being able to play Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One).  To Microsoft’s credit, of course in theory its a great idea.  HOWEVER (yes I just used all caps twice)  they are not telling you the whole story.

Who even knows the whole story?  I am just some random guy writing a blog, so I don’t…..you the reader doesn’t either……and wait for it…….
nor does Microsoft!  I know I should have given you a spoiler alert before that one, please accept my apologies.
Anyways it kinda goes like this:(Or it should anyways from what Microsoft has been promoting).
– Massive catalog of Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One (not that many when you take into account how many Xbox 360 game there are, and most of the games are crap anyways…..so far at least the vast majority of good games are not backwards compatible).
– When an Xbox 360 game is put up as part of the “Games With Gold” program – and you have an Xbox One……you CANNOT download that game to your Xbox unless you have a form of payment on file!  What the hell?

I paid for my Xbox Live membership in advance with a Pre-Paid Xbox Live card.  ANY DLC or anything I that I may get, I use a pre paid Xbox Live Gift Card.  I am NOT going to have a payment option on file when I can pay in advance……and when I am getting Xbox Live at least a year at a time in advance……..I shouldn’t have to.  I do not trust the Xbox Live Network (or the PSN) enough to give them a CC……its just crazy with how often they both get hacked for one thing!  So if I cannot download a game that is supposed to be for free and backward compatible……DO NOT TELL ME I CAN if you also require me to have a form of payment on file.  You do not need my payment information, I have already paid for Xbox Live Gold!  You have my real name and Physical address Microsoft!  Besides I can get the Games With Gold Xbox One games and I do not get a message telling me that I need to have a form of payment on file to download the game!  This is crap!  Fix it.

Of course I guess Sony would do the same?   Nintendo?

Now I have yet to obtain an allegedly Backwards Compatible Physical disc Xbox 360 Game and try to play it…….so who know?  Would it still tell me I had to have a form of payment on file even if I had the disc?

Thanks for reading!