Microsoft can’t report Xbox Live status issues

News from Microsoft, they “can no longer state the status of Xbox Live”. Really? Sounds like an excuse so they can no longer get sued. The American people have a right to know whether or not the Xbox Live service is down. I mean seriously.

So Major Nelson states this “mum’s the word” status is because of the three geniuses in Texas who are suing Microsoft. Okay, this sounds like a lame excuse. We would like to know if you still are having problems. Though not much is known on the details of the lawsuit, from what is known, it shouldn’t have not made Microsoft stop speaking on Live Outages.

Also, since those three guys are suing Microsoft for about $5 million dollars, I want to see that money go to charities, or to everyone else with Xbox Live Gold Memberships. Everyone experienced this outage. Not just them. They shouldn’t even be suing for money. Microsoft does owe us for this outage, and these three will be taking all the goods. Does this seem fair? I don’t think so. That $5G could be going to fixing Live, or to some poor kids in other countries. Our legal system is so sad.

Original Titles to include Burnout 3, Golden Eye to Live Arcade?

Major Nelson informs us that this Monday, Burnout 3: Takedown (otherwise known as the most kickass racing series in the world) will be on the Xbox Original Titles list for about 1200 Microsoft Points.

Speaking of the Xbox Live Marketplace, we have this crazy rumor. Some people are saying Golden Eye is coming to Xbox Live Arcade. While this is a rumor (we don’t know if it’s true or not), that’s really cool. Rare, however, hasn’t said anything about this yet. If this is true, it would be so awesome if this is the free game Microsoft gives us for Xbox Live being down. I would be so happy.

Microsoft proving retribution for problems with Xbox Live

Most of us noticed that there was a problem connecting to Xbox Live over the holiday. Microsoft finally admitted to the problem. Isn’t that great? But for being out so long, it was almost impossible to play with anyone on Live with the new games people got over the break. And because the fault lies with Microsoft’s poor planning, they decided to pay us back for that wasted time in service. About time.

Microsoft will be offering a full free Xbox Live Arcade game to everyone as a retribution. However, they didn’t specify on what Arcade game is going to be free (it’s probably going to be a game made by Microsoft). The problem with this is that if someone already owns that Arcade game, then they don’t get anything at all, unless Microsoft gives us a choice. Microsoft didn’t provide a date for when the free game would be announced or when to even expect to see it.

Xbox Live: Most played games of 2007

Major Nelson posted the most played games on Xbox Live of 2007. The games are determined by how many unique people have played (counting each gamertag play once). He also lists Original Xbox games and Arcade games. Arcade games are based on number of purchases.

2007 Top Xbox 360 Titles

  1. Halo 3
  2. Gears of War
  3. Call of Duty 4
  4. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
  5. Call of Duty 3
  6. Crackdown
  7. Oblivion
  8. Guitar Hero II
  9. Forza Motorsport 2
  10. Lost Planet

Now, wasn’t that totally obvious? Almost everyone on Live plays Halo 3. Though I was suprised at Gears of War being 2nd. I don’t know too many people who still play it.

2007 Top Xbox LIVE Arcade Titles

  1. TMNT 1989 Arcade
  2. Worms
  3. CastleVania: SOTN
  4. UNO
  5. Bomberman LIVE
  6. 3D Ultra Minigolf
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Pinball FX
  9. Geometry Wars Evolved
  10. Texas Hold ’em

I guessed TMNT was going to be 1st or 2nd. UNO being forth was probably because of it’s new price.

2007 Top Original Xbox Titles

  1. Halo 2
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  3. Counter-Strike
  4. Battlefield 2: MC
  5. Doom 3
  6. Forza Motorsport
  7. Madden NFL 07
  8. Conker: Live Reloaded
  9. Call of Duty 3
  10. Rainbow Six 3

Yes. People still play original Xbox titles. I, myself, still play Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Me and Kirby Zabi used to play that game all the time. It’s a classic. Halo 2 got first (not surprising). Though, I would have thought Halo would have been somewhere in the top 10 due to it being on the Xbox Live Marketplace and because it’s Halo. But whatever.