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It seems to me like every year Microsoft announces new and surprising offerings to Live. With the announcement and implimentation of the various new offering from Live, such as 1 vs 100, Netflix, Last.fm, Facebook, and Twitter, Live is becoming a giant internet hub. And most, if not all of these features require one thing, a gold subscription.
And this got me thinking. Could it be that Microsoft has realized that online play alone isn't enough to draw people to buy a gold membership? That they're adding these features to not just add value, but possibly restructure the way Live works?
Does it seem possible that Microsoft is actually gearing up to drop online multiplayer from being a Gold only affair, and make it so this added content is what you pay for? And if so, does it seem like it will work?
In my opinion, not yet. There's still several things missing from a Gold membership that wouldn't make up for Online multiplayer. As long as live doesn't let you do things like Check your E-mail, order food online, watch Hulu (or TED), it's not making up for the lack of Online Multiplayer. But they're getting damned close. What do you guys think?