In simpler times, you handed your friend a controller and played multiplayer games on your couch. Now? It's all about online. To play against real humans on Xbox, you need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. That costs money.
However, in the wake of Click Frenzy and the upcoming Black Friday sales, Microsoft have slashed the price on 3-Month Gold subscriptions - best of all, you can download multiple codes and Microsoft will add them consecutively.
From today until November 30, you can grab a 3-Month subscription for 40% off RRP, bringing the total to just $17.97.
The major benefit of Xbox Live Gold is that it allows you to play games online with other real human beings. That's fun. You also get access to Games With Gold, which allows you to download a few games for free every month. Currently Trackmania Turbo, Tales From The Borderlands and the Xbox 360 title Deadfall Adventures are available. New games will be announced for December soon.
Note: If you usually buy yearly subscriptions, it's smarter to load up on four of these instead because Xbox Live allows you to add to months to your subscription at any time. If you still have a few months left, it still makes sense to buy now and load up immediately! Plus, the 12-Month subscription will set you back $79.95. Four of these subscriptions will cost only $71.88, saving you $8.07 (two lattes!)
On the flip side, it's great value compared to the 1-Month subscription too, which usually retails for $10.95.