Friday, May 18, 2007

Friday Freebie - It's Something Free From Microsoft, But You Have To Hurry

It's not every day that Bill Gates cracks open his wallet and gives something back to the masses that made him the richest man in the world. And, well, today's not that day. But you're still getting something for free courtesy of Microsoft. Heck, they don't mind - it was free for them too! They just whipped and tortured a few interns to make this happen:

The game is called Aegis Wing, and it's available now, for free, on the XBLA. It was literally created by three interns working at Microsoft, and now, it's yours for the taking.

The game is a side scrolling space shooter that seems to have been inspired by Defender. Not only do the games look and play similarly, but they were both kind of a pain in the ass. That being said, this has the potential to be an addictive little time waster if you're into space shooters. Plus it's good for 200 achievement points, and we're all achievement whores, aren't we?

There's no official reason behind MS releasing this one for free, but odds are it's to garner some publicity for their XNA software. While this isn't a great game in any sense, it is very impressive when you take into account the fact that three college kids created it in just a couple months. Imagine what you're dumb ass could do!

Now here's the catch - the game is completely free, available to silver and gold level Live members, but only for a limited time. There's no word on when that will change, though, so if you want to give this one a try, be sure to grab it as soon as possible. And even if this isn't your thing, grab it anyway. You may be surprised. You'll also be sending a message to MS that free is good, and who knows - maybe they'll listen and release more free stuff in the future. Bill, if you're reading this, I could use something good for next week's column - hook a brother up!

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