In a move to thank everyone who has an Xbox Live Gold membership, Microsoft is giving away two free games a month for the rest of the year. One game will be available from the 1-15th of each month, and the second game will be available from the 16th to the end of the month. And the games being given away aren’t just unknown titles that Microsoft wasn’t able to move off the shelves, either.

Right now, you can sign onto Xbox Live as a Gold Member and download Might & Magic Clash of Heroes. This game combines RPG and puzzle gameplay and allows for up to four players to play together on a local network or online. Later this month, Halo 3 will be available starting October 16. Released in 2007, the game pulled in $170 million in the first 24 hours of it’s release.

In addition to that, the Halo franchise has gained worldwide acclaim since the release of the first game in 2001. This giveaway for the last couple of weeks of October could be to promote the release of the Game of the Year edition of Halo 4. Microsoft recently released a trailer for this game and it comes out next week.

This could promote some great publicity to not only the Halo franchise, but also to promote both the X Box 360 and the upcoming Xbox One.

Maybe Microsoft could set a standard that other companies could follow. Imagine if one month out of the year Nintendo released a classic game for free, like Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda, or even a game from the Nintendo 64 or GameCube generation. Sony could also follow suit with their franchises.

This isn’t the first time companies have released games for free to thank their fan base. When the Nintendo 3DS experienced its price cut in 2011, gamers who already purchased the system were rewarded with ten free Game Boy Advance games and ten free NES games.

Will you be downloading your free copy of Halo 3 later this month, or checking back to see what other games Microsoft will be releasing up through the end of the year? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Microsoft

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Dan Rockwood
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, and though throughout my college career I was forced to write hard news stories about local issues and interview people like police officers and local politicians, I've always wanted to get into video game writing. Whenever I had an open assignment to do for a class I focused it on video games. The majority of the news I consume is about the gaming world, whether it's from G4, IGN, Gamnesia, Zelda Informer, or from my friends on facebook, nothing gets me more excited than the developments taking place everyday in the world of gaming. Now I don't only get to play the games, I get to write about them. And that is pretty awesome.

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