An Open Letter to the Folks at Xbox Live

"My Xbox live subscription is a paid-for service and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but other webcentric services out there promise everything up to and including sexual favours for my hard earned dollars plus (and here’s the important bit) an AD FREE ZONE to do whatever it is I do with their service." - JTM Games

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zeal0us2136d ago

2012 and you're complaining about ads and their quality.....really comeon I rarely even pay attention to them.

NYC_Gamer2136d ago

Well,to be fair a paid to use service shouldn't be full of ads...

3GenGames2136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

Any disagree to the comment above me must have just hit the wrong button, as that is 100% a cold hard fact.

Baka-akaB2136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

True but people say that while having no issues with their phone provider using sms ads , or their cable and satellite paid tv channels using ads .

Again it's true , but after so many years , it's time to either yield , or switch when you actually got an alternative there , no even two other alternatives for consoles

Patriots_Pride2136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

You pay for cable you get ads
You pay for newspaper you get ads
You pay for cinema you get ads
You pay to watch a LIVE sporting event you get ads
You buy a Barcelona or a Real Madrid shirt you get ads.

When your cable company keeps you on hold you get angry! When you get angry you go blow off steam. When you go blow off steam accidents happen. When accidents happen you get an eye patch. When you get an eye patch people think your tough. When people think your tough, people wanna see how tough. And when people wanna see how tough you wake up in a roadside ditch. Don’t wake up in a roadside ditch! Get rid of Cable and upgrade to DirectTV.

BitbyDeath2136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

Both Cable and Cinema didn't used to have ads, why support them in starting it when the move is purely for greed?

And by support i mean not being against the movement

xPhearR3dx2136d ago


Dude, there's been ads on TV for as long as I can remember. 3GenGames is wrong. Nearly every paid service has ads. Even my cell phone has ads through text messaging or even voice mails. The tiny little ads in the corner when I start up my Xbox is the last thing on my mind.

F7U122136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

The point is that Live is a paid service and should be ad free.

MrMister2136d ago

Also, you'd think that if you paid so much for an online service, Microsoft would at least provide new exclusive games in the past 2 years. But, well, here we are. PSN is free, and yet no ads, and over 40 exclusives between 2011 and the end of 2012 projected. Just sayin'.

kreate2136d ago

Ads for silver
no ads for gold

When i play free games on android, there is a option to pay for some in game currency but next to it states that if u buy any item, than the game will become ad free.

Xbox live should follow this simple idea.

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aviator1892136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

I honestly don't mind the ads, and when I do, I actually find some items that I end up purchasing through the ad promotions on the dashboard or check out later when I go out or on amazon.

I'm not saying that everyone shouldn't mind them, it's just how I feel on the that particular matter. But that's just me.

But I would definitely like to see an option to turn off ads somewhere in the settings. That'd be nice.

StrongMan2136d ago

Can someone explain to me what you pay for with XBL?

Before you answer make sure the service you mention is not free on other devices.

sloth33952136d ago

their answer will be cross game chat

cstyle2136d ago

Not to get hacked and brought down like another service did.

slimy the g8ter2136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

good thing my credit card is safe when i play fifa 12 on xbox li.....oh wait

sloth33952136d ago

you do know Sony took down the service for safety reason

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Patriots_Pride2136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

Fair question - To me its the Live community. My online friends on Live are like family and we have good times playing online.

Yes I have a life outside of online gaming but sometimes it feels good to come home after a long day of work and grab a beer and jump on Gears with some buddies.

Edit: I know I can do this on PSN for free but then I would have to convince my 50 online buddies that I game with to also come on PSN. I can make new PSN friends but like I said I have known some of these guys for 5 years and they are like FAMILY.

Siren302136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

Free trails on all xbla games.
Crystal clear party chat that also allows me to be able to join friends game and send out invites with ease
Discount on games every week
Youtube app where I can use my chat pad and also watch hd videos in full screen.
Early dlc on games like call of duty and skyrim.
Option to install games on harddrive and have faster loading times.

These are just to name a few but I'm sure you'll have problems with them. I've also been able to renew my xbl gold the last couple of times for $40 a year right off the dashboard

HeavenlySnipes2136d ago

Is youtube on the 360 go up to at least 720p? That's a small grip I have with youtube on PS3. Its only 240p. Real question btw

Megaton2136d ago

Access. You're just paying to remove a roadblock put there by Microsoft. My friends and I all just call it the sucker tax. Some of them begrudgingly pay it, but they're under no delusion about what they're paying for.

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AngelicIceDiamond2136d ago

Everything has ads these days, even my most visted sites has ads its very annoying like YouTube, Facebook(More ads at least) Lastfm. Twitter among loads of others. And its super annoying when a flash video gets played completely out of no where and repeats itself....Smh

The dashboard's ads aren't as bad as the last UI where (I mentioned above) Flashes get played completely out of your will (and yes last dash did that, not a whole bunch but randomly so) and placed in bad spots. The ads are more controlled With this Dash but it could be allot worst.

thebudgetgamer2136d ago

You don't pay for those things.

DragonKnight2136d ago

Adblock Plus is your friend.

Jazz41082136d ago

Its very simple to me. If you don't mind being inconvienced and very slow installs, mandatory game installs, poor voice and no cross chat and a service that was thrown together to compete with live who saw the future of online gaming back on theoriginal and sony who I still don't believe would have any thing close to a online communiy if it were not for live. You d get what you pay for and with live vs psn their is no compairson as Live outshines psn in almost every category but you do pay for it. Its like the people one here that like to use the sport car anology to the yugo. In this case Sony is the bankrupt Yugo spreading thereself everywhere without concentrating on making one particular area great.

adamant7152136d ago

I totally agree. Live is light years ahead of PSN and a few ads make no difference either way. There are literally 4 ads in total on the dashboard. If they were everywhere (including games and netflix) yeah, id be pissed. But they're barely noticeable

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