April 21st 2011 8:06 am PT

Free Xbox LIVE Weekend and be a part of a World Record Attempt

Be a part of a World Record!












I wanted to remind everyone that this weekend is a Free Gold Weekend for European Xbox LIVE members. That means Xbox LIVE Free members will have access to features normally reserved for Gold Members….PLUS EVERYONE* can help make a Guinness World record attempt through Kinect Sports this Saturday, April 23rd.

Marking a free weekend of entertainment on Xbox LIVE, dubbed Xbox Nations, Kinect Sports players around the globe will join together and attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest online 100m sprint’ at 1pm ET on Saturday, April 23. (Find out what time in your region) Players can participate by jumping on Xbox LIVE, firing up Kinect Sports, and running a 100-meter dash event at 1pm ET. Each and every runner will be rewarded with an exclusive Xbox and Guinness World Record Avatar t-shirt

Remember, Join in the fun at 1p ET/10a PT/6p GMT

More details (and pictures of Avatar t-shirt you’ll get) here


*Kinect Sports multiplayer will be unlocked for All Xbox LIVE members in all regions so they can help the world record attempt.


Updated to clarify some questions

Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://level2studios.com Jared Sartin

    Don’t you mean 1PM EDT? The even says its 1PM New York time – However this is a silly thing. What people do to get in the book is rediculous…

  • http://twitter.com/sakanakami Joe Eafrati

    Any way this could be changed to after Game 5 of the Penguins-Lightning series?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MESL63CYGYA5HWWA75HJ6I3SKQ BrianB

    I’m having a hard time understating how all of this is going to work.
    Like, are they seeing if they can get the most people to play the mini-game between 1:00-1:01pm EST? I just don’t see how all of this is going to be simultaneous.

  • http://twitter.com/leJuniorP Junior Perez

    when is the free gold? i check today and notting so far there was post about the Guinnes record and that they will be free gold from April 21-25 maybe it start at 12PM EDT

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703689574 Mario Maldonado

    Oh My God!!
    Th th th th th thank you all guys!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kevincharlton kevincharlton

    Send me a copy of the game and I’ll participate. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/Phongmai89 Phong Mai

    anyone else not able to do any of the xbox live gold stuff?

  • http://twitter.com/adrenalize24 adrenalize24

    Jared Sartin. If you think what people will do to get into the World record book is “rediculous” then your kind of mising the point of it.

    • Anonymous

      I think there are plenty of “ridiculous” things you can do that are considered a “world record” (like growing your fingernails for 20 years without cutting them!), and a lot of them are doable, but the fees associated with a record attempt are pretty high, so the chance to take part in a world record, without doing anything but logging on and running in place for <10 seconds seems like a no-brainer.

  • http://twitter.com/adrenalize24 adrenalize24

    Jared Sartin. If you think what people will do to get into the World record book is “rediculous” then your kind of mising the point of it.

  • http://twitter.com/adrenalize24 adrenalize24

    Phong, It has literally just opened up now, might need to switch your console off/on for it to pick up, otherwise show some patience.

    • Anonymous

      Free Gold doesn’t seem to be working for me. This page is saying your comment was left 2 hours ago. Anyone else have luck getting a Free account to access Gold features?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rellus.gellor Russell Gorall

    Today’s twitter spotlight is on JDivo, real name Jason Divosevic, pretty cool handle huh?!? He likes to follow as many people that follow him, so he spends a lot of his amazing life on twitter making sure he stays connected while living an amazing life as a corporate janitor. Go, you!

  • Anonymous

    Awww… we get our console back next Wednesday. Maybe next time.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

    Me and my son are signed up and ready to go. I’ve been practicing all week by roadie running everywhere in the Gears 3 Beta.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

    Me and my son are signed up and ready to go. I’ve been practicing all week by roadie running everywhere in the Gears 3 Beta.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PIXNJE4I5G27IAOWSHYAMFOYJA MikeV

    So when does the free LIVE start?

  • http://twitter.com/RexxF Rexx Foxx

    “players around the globe will join together and attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest online 100m sprint’ ”

    Come on people we can do this!!! I hear the current record for larest online 100m sprint is 7. If we all pull together we can break that old record! I know it’s a long shot but I think you’ll agree the most rewarding accomplishments are often the most diffucult. Let’s DO THIS!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ME6NQSMCVPR7JL23DDYRNX3UPA raptorz10

    EU only eh? Well thats no fun

  • http://twitter.com/Dharmaville Dharmaville

    Is the Xbox Live Gold Free weekend only going to be available to European Xbox Live members?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Bell/100001202625608 Jeremy Bell

    It clearly says April 21st – April 25th, Xbox Live Free Weekend is still not activated and its already 5:30pm EST I Don’t Get it. Who got there Numbers Wrong? Not Complaining, but i was planning on Playing today.

    • Anonymous

      Major Nelson edited his post to say the Free Weekend is for the European Union only. I was planning on taking advantage of the Free Weekend too. Kinect Sports will have free MP for everyone during the World Record attempt.

      • http://twitter.com/MasonSomnath Mason Somnath

        they should have clarified this before… borders on false advertising?

        • http://twitter.com/HazyCloud HazyCloud

          Umm, no.

        • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

          lol maybe if they were trying to make you buy something.

        • http://profiles.google.com/andywkavanagh Andrew Kavanagh

          Yeah man, what a disgrace. You didn’t pay for it so you should be well entilted to reimbursement.

          ***NOTE SARCASM***

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  • http://profiles.google.com/heyyou2843 Robbie S

    What if we create a Europe XBL Account. Will that work?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWQZT3WP6HWPVDWEGW4643QAEM Fjdure Fodired

    I thought that Live was free this week for people in the US and tried to play multiplayer but it says I am Silver. Can we play live if we make a UK account?

  • Anonymous

    Hooray I cannot wait to Participate….oh wait xbox bricked with rrod for the second time yesterday….and the real joy is that it is out of warrenty (:

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000443437724 Christopher Benefiel

    This would have been nice to know a bit earlier

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damien-Walsh/697425579 Damien Walsh

      It’s been known for a couple of weeks at least. I might have missed something before then, too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000443437724 Christopher Benefiel

        I already knew about it being free it didn’t say anything about Europeans only.
        until Major Nelson let everybody know at the last second to (clarify)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XW432CL6SMZKWHZXQYIUFPLFF4 PaulF

    Haha … It’s funny for once to hear our American cousins giving out that the EU users are getting something useful for free.

  • Shonk .

    Cant wait to mince newbs on Black Op’s

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Donovan-Whiteside/544329137 William Donovan Whiteside

    Can I use the demo for this or do I need the full game?

  • http://twitter.com/TheMetxL Dean (MetaL)

    So stupid that this is just for European members.

    Plus we already pay enough for your services. Why can’t this be for everyone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fabio-Manuel-Pires/564078376 Fabio Manuel Pires

      Stupid is the services that US xbox users have compared with European xbox users.
      Go check it out.

      Its good that we Europeans have a “promotion” like this since we only have stuff like this 1 time every year… while US users have sh*t like this every week ;)

      • http://twitter.com/HDLancer Lancer

        Are you joking? US members don’t get free xbox live each week…try once every year.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fabio-Manuel-Pires/564078376 Fabio Manuel Pires

          I wasn’t talking about the free LIVE weekend.. i was talking about promotions and sales in general…
          I’m completely against free LIVE weekends since i payed for a whole year and others are enjoying free what i needed to pay (and when i say “i” i mean everyone who payed for the LIVE service).

          • http://profiles.google.com/crimsonpulsar Quentin B.

            You can’t have a world record when half or more don’t pay to play online. Also its just a few days to give them the idea of thinking of paying for the service. It’s a few days out of the year quit whining.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fabio-Manuel-Pires/564078376 Fabio Manuel Pires

            dude nobody is whining… im simply stating the truth ;) Loud and Clear
            And who cares about a world record? its simply a market strategy dah!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BP4KZZZ6TZPSDY7BESGLCWEYOE Robert

    For real? Just get Xbox live.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dabadguycr Chris Redd

    I don’t know how it’s free I know my girlfriend can’t play anything with me.

  • Anonymous

    well i just ran but there is no indication if you were a part of it…..

  • Anonymous

    Hooray. I did it!
    Got 9.14 seconds.
    Also, I liked how Major put a reminder on Twitter a minute after it happened.

  • http://barrymoves.blogspot.com/ barrymoves

    So I did it. When am I supposed to get the avatar tshirt?

    • http://twitter.com/chuckiej Chuck Jacobson

      same here

      • http://barrymoves.blogspot.com/ barrymoves

        ACtually reading around, it gets emailed to us :/ Oh well. I wanted the immediate awesome of wearing the tshirt ;)

    • Anonymous

      Same. I thought it would have said “Avatar Award Unlocked” after I did it or something.

  • http://twitter.com/Phoenix_Heat Ron Moll

    Just me or were these not horrible Instructions? Go to Mini Games and select 100m dash? That isn’t an option, therefore no idea of I participated or not…

    • Anonymous

      It did say “100m SPRINT” so that was the clue for me.

      • Anonymous

        Major Nelson should have said go to Mini Games, Track and Field, then Sprint. We kept checking for an event called 100-meter Dash, but went ahead and did the Sprint just in case. I wonder how big the time window was to allow people to get through the menus and decipher the instructions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Warner/1573810848 Paul Warner

    I ran the wrong race, not the quick race. Should have been made clear in the blog post.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LHIILX7ZDL4PQ4BUGP62TD2ID4 Video

    Just got 8.57sec

  • Anonymous

    The world record attempt was for evryone not just europe. The free weekend is europe only

  • Anonymous

    how hard would it have been to add a link to the game via update to participate in the event or add something to the dashboard that just took you into the right spot.
    This could have been organized so much better. The fact that you have no idea or indication that you were a part of it is/was frustrating. I think i did it right but who knows….??

  • http://twitter.com/Phoenix_Heat Ron Moll

    I see that now, but it definitely wasn’t clear. They should have stated go to track & field and then sprint. How hard would that have been? Someone needs to take instruction writing 101 if they are broadcasting instructions to thousands of people.

  • http://twitter.com/bob101910 Bob B

    Seeing that there are only 2 sprint events and one of them is based on time and the other is based on distance, you would have to be an idiot not to pick the right one. Even then, how hard is it to do both of them?

    Nowhere in the blog post, on the Xbox Dashboard, or anywhere else does it say anything about needing to download DLC. There is only 1 sprint event without the DLC…. so I’m still confused how people could pick the wrong event.

    It also says “Then, all you need to do is play Kinect Sports and complete a sprint mini-game while connected to Xbox LIVE at the time listed below. You must choose sprint from the mini-game menu – not the entire track and field event for your race to count.” when you click more details.

    • Anonymous

      There were different instructions earlier that said to go to mini-games and select 100-meter dash. I forget what the advertisement on the dashboard said. Also, when you go into Kinect Sports after not playing for a while, it shows New for events that are obviously added by Rare/Microsoft. I thought they were going to add a new event specifically for the record attempt to make it easier for them to track. I did a sprint just in case, but I don’t know if I did it close enough to the start time to count. It should have also been made more clear and earlier that Silver accounts in all regions would be able to particpate. Hopefully in the future, they will do a much better job of organizing stuff like this.

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  • http://twitter.com/Dannyb0yUK Danny Holloway

    You should really be capitalising on the PSN debacle and extending the free period until such time as it’s back up and running…

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