Microsoft announces Games WIth Gold April lineup (and it’s pretty good)

It has been announced that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download Hitman:Absolution totally free through the Games With Gold feature on Xbox. It will be available to download tomorrow, April 1st. The second free game is due on April 16th

Games With Gold is Microsoft’s version of Sony’s PS Plus feature which gives several free games to PlayStation Plus Subscribers. Sony tends to do better with this feature since they provide more free titles than Microsoft and the titles tend to be quite new releases. This time it seems Microsoft have stepped up their game since Hitman: Absolution is a recent, not to mention awesome game.

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Microsoft wants to start rewarding players for good behavior

During a GDC conference, development lead Frank Savage said that Microsoft doesn’t just want to punish and ban bad players but also reward those who show good behavior.

In an interview with Polygon, Savage said: “If your reputation is “soaring because you’re this amazing player that everyone wants to be with,” Xbox Live’s reputation algorithm may recognize that and dole out unspecified rewards. It’s Microsoft’s way of saying, “Thanks for being such a good member of the community, here’s a reward,” Savage said. The reward system sounds different from Microsoft’s Xbox Community Level system, detailed last year, which recognizes actions from the existing Xbox Community Ambassadors initiative.”

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