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I see that this service is confusing some, so here are some simple answers to frequent questions.
Q. What is this program, and how long does it last?
A. You get two free game downloads a month from July through December 2013. So far the release dates have been the 1st and the 16th.
Q. What games were available so far?
A. Fable 3 was the first game. Available June 10-30th.
Defense Grid was available on July 1st.
Assassin's Creed 2 was available on July 16th.
Crackdown was available on August 1st.
Dead Rising 2 will be available on August 16th. DR2: Case Zero will also be available this month.
Halo 3 is the only other announced game. It has no confirmed date.
Q. Where can I find out what games will be free, and when?
A. Major Nelson will normally fill us on on when and what: http://majornelson.com
Pretty much every major gaming news site posts them as soon as they're revealed, too.
Q. Is this for new or old XBL members?
A. Any Xbox Live Gold subscriber has access to these games.
Q. Can I use 48 hour/14 day trials?
A. No. These do not make you a Gold member. But you can get one month of Gold, take off auto renew, and take advantage of these perks.
Q. Is the program available in my region?
A. Depends. These are the supported regions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.
*Games may vary between regions.
Q. Once I put this in my purchase history, is it mine forever?
A. Yes. You don't even need to download the entire game. You can stop it as soon as it is in active downloads and retrieve it at any time. Even if you don't have enough hard drive space, add it to your downloads so you can download it at a later time.
Q. If I was not able to download a game while it was free, can I still get it after the end date?
A. No. Unfortunately, the stop date is the stop date.
Q. After I download this game, can I play it offline?
Q. If I stop paying for Gold, do I keep my game?
Q. Will the program extend onto the Xbox One?
A. No plans, so far.
If I left anything off, let me know. I'll edit.
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Very good sticky requested.
Although you may want to add in there somewhere that these games can be played even when offline.
Edit: You also may want to throw something in about finding out the games via Major Nelson's blog and what his update schedule tends to be
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A sticky may attract some users though and this topic is a good idea!
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