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The next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in January will be Sleeping Dogs and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Starting Wednesday  (January 1st) Sleeping Dogs (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through January 15th .

Then on January 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Normally US $14.99) for free.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

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The next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in December will be Gears of War* and Shoot Many Robots.

Starting Sunday (December 1st)  Gears of War (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th .

Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Shoot Many Robots (Normally US $9.99) for free.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

*Germany and Japan will receive “Halo Wars”

We’ve got so a lot of stuff on sale for the US Thanksgiving Holiday so we thought we’d start today. We’ll also have more deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that you’ll see further down this post. Since Xbox Live has moved to local currency for Xbox Live Game store purchases, I’ve just included the percent off for each offer.  Check your local version of Xbox.com or your Dashboard for pricing in local currency. More on Xbox.com.

Be sure to check out the Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers that are one day only

Update: There are some good deals on Xbox Video. See that list here.

If you can’t see the video list at the bottom of the post, here is a direct link to list I created.

Persistent Week-long Offers (26, Nov. – 2, Dec.)
Content Type % off
The Bureau XCOM Declassified Games on Demand 67%
Deadpool Games on Demand 40%
God Mode XBLA 50%
Skyrim Games on Demand 50%
Skyrim: Dragonborn Add-on 50%
Skyrim: Dawnguard Add-on 50%
Fallout 3 Games on Demand 50%
Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: Point Lookout Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: The Pitt Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Add-on 66%
Wolfenstein 3D XBLA 75%
The Cave XBLA 75%
Rockstar Table Tennis Games on Demand 66%
Tomb Raider Games on Demand 50%
Sleeping Dogs Games on Demand 38%
Mark of the Ninja XBLA 66%
Mark of the Ninja Special Edition Add-on 66%
Runner 2 XBLA 50%
Sacred Citadel XBLA 50%
Deadblock XBLA 75%
Motocross Madness XBLA 75%
Dust XBLA 66%
AMY XBLA 50%
Metro Last Light Games on Demand 50%
Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords  XBLA 70%
Puzzle Quest Galatix  XBLA 57%

 

Black Friday 1-Day Offers (29, Nov. only)
Content Type % off
Diablo III (US, CA & MX only)  Games on Demand 33%
WWE 2K14 Games on Demand  Games on Demand 33%
WWE 2K14 Accelerator DLC  Add-on 50%
Halo 4 Champions Bundle  Add-on 50%
Rayman Legends Games on Demand 50%
Magic 2014 XBLA 50%
Spider-Man: Edge of Time Games on Demand 67%
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Games on Demand 67%
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Games on Demand 67%
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows  Games on Demand 67%
X-Men: Destiny Games on Demand 50%
X-Men: Origins Wolverine Games on Demand 67%
X-Men: The Official Game Games on Demand 67%
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisien Games on Demand 66%
Onechanbara  Games on Demand 80%

 

Cyber Monday 1-Day Offers (2, Dec. Only)
Content Type % off
Far Cry Blood Dragon XBLA 75%
Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75%
The Witcher 2 Games on Demand 75%
Dark Souls Games on Demand 75%
BattleBlock Theater XBLA 67%
Rayman Origins Games on Demand 50%
L.A. Noire Games on Demand 75%
Fast and Furious: Showdown  Games on Demand 75%
Men in Black: Alien Crisis Games on Demand 75%

If you are in the US or Canada, you can save on the following video content

I’ve seen a few questions about how the Party System will work on Xbox One. I had Steve Dolan, whose team works on the Party System (and more), write up the below guest blog post about how parties work and how they are better on Xbox One.

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Hi, my name is Steve Dolan and I’m the program manager responsible for the multiplayer and achievements experience on Xbox One. Like most of you, I’m stoked about the new wave of online titles coming in the next year. Here is how we’re going to make it easy to party up and play these great games on Xbox One.

Always a Party

When playing online games on Xbox One you’re part of an Xbox Live party. When you go to your friends list you’ll see your party right there at the front that shows the game your party is playing. You’ll also see all your friends’ parties, making it quick and easy to see who is playing online and who to join. Of course, just like Xbox 360, you’ll be able to set if your party is joinable or if it’s invite only.

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Joining a Game

If you see the perfect match and the party is open, you can simply join if there is room for more players in the match, and the game thinks you’re a good fit using Smart Match (in terms of skill , playing style, etc.) you’ll be offered a slot automatically.  If the game is full, you can check out other games, TV and apps while you wait for the game to open up – go work on your “Killer Instinct” moves, watch your friends’ Upload videos or check out your favorite Twitch personality while you wait for a slot to free up. When more players can be added, you’ll receive a notification and have a limited amount of time to accept. Just say “Xbox, join” or use your controller to accept the match.

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Parties, Smart Match and the Party Scout

Two of my favorite features are parties and Smart Match.  Now, when you combine these features together you get a new super power we call Party Scout.  Imagine you’re watching Netflix and your friend sends you a party invite.  You accept and start chatting about what you want to play.  Your friend tells you about a new “Forza Motorsport 5” challenge that involves playing online matches.  You both decide that sounds like fun and that s/he will set up the online party.  They launch “Forza Motorsport 5,” find the right playlist for the challenge and kick off matchmaking.  You can keep rolling in Netflix while matchmaking runs, additional players are found and all the networking tests are performed.  Only when your match is ready will you get the “match found” notification.  You can then accept the match and launch right into your online game.

Snap Your Party

Of course, we want to make it simple and easy to manage your party, invite more people and see who is in party chat all without having your game go off-screen.  Sounds like a perfect time to use the Snap app.  When you want to, the Party app can be snapped along the right side of the screen while you play or, if you want your full screen, you can dismiss it and have it run in the background.

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Time to Party Up

There you have it.  On Xbox One, online gameplay is always a party, anyone can set up as a Party Scout and when your match is ready you’ll be notified so you can easily jump into a game.  If you want to join your friends in a game, you can join their party.

I’ve been working at Xbox in one way or another since 2002.  As always, I’m humbled by all the dedicated, talented and frankly amazing people that create the hardware and games for you, the fans.  Even more so, I’m floored by your passion and drive to push us to deliver delightful experiences.

Thanks and see you on Xbox Live!

/ Larry Hryb / @majornelson

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Immerse yourself in the chaos of all-out war. This weekend, Battlefield 4 multiplayer is open to everyone (Xbox Live Gold & Silver members) on Xbox 360. Test your skills this Saturday, Nov 16th beginning at 3PM PST by playing against DICE LA, creators of the upcoming Battlefield 4 Second Assault, available first on Xbox One.

Ready to get started?  Here is how to play:

1. Send a friend request or invite to the listed gamertags.

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2. Be ready to play at least 30 minutes before the event starts. Don’t forget your headset, so you can ask those burning questions about the game.

3. If you receive a game invite, get ready to Game with Developers!

Please join me in welcoming Jeff Rubenstein to my team. Jeff has been in the industry for a quite some time, but many of you may know him from the great work he did while at Sony. While you’ll see Jeff at various community events, and posting occasionally here on my blog, he’s also working on additional community driven programs that we’re not ready to announce yet. In the meantime, I asked Jeff to write a short blurb to (re?) introduce himself to the Xbox Community so he can jump right in and get started:

I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Xbox team at such an exciting time for the industry. During the interview process, I was taken with how passionate and positive everyone is about gaming, and in how highly they value customer opinion. Especially important to my decision to join the team is the way Microsoft has demonstrated a willingness to listen to the community – and act on what it hears – quite clearly as of late.

I’m also hoping they’ll let me play Titanfall.

Little known fact: I’ve actually known Larry since he helped me on a story I wrote for the Orlando Sentinel back in 2007. We’ve stayed in contact ever since, and his vision on using social media to interact with gamers has been a key influence on my career. Joining Major Nelson’s team is an awesome opportunity, and I look forward to working closely with you all. See you soon!

You can find Jeff here on Twitter or here on Xbox Live

A World of Keflings Iron BrigadeThe next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in November will be A World of Keflings and Iron Brigade.

Starting Friday (November 1st) A World of Keflings (Normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th .

Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Iron Brigade (Normally US $9.99) for free.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.