If you have somehow managed to own an Xbox 360 this long and still have not subscribed to the console’s Live Gold service, we’ll now is your chance to kick the tires and take it out for a spin as Microsoft offers a free weekend for many, many countries.

“What services does Xbox Live Gold offer,” you might ask. Well, for starters, Gold allows you to go online and, well, you know, play multiplayer games and stuff. That’s got to be worth fifty bucks a year, right? Totally something worth charging for, correct?

My smartaleckness aside, Major Nelson is reporting that lots and lots of people will be able to try the service out for free this weekend, going from now until this Sunday, Dec. 2. During that time, Gold will be available for folks gaming in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. So, for the next several days, the millions of Xbox users in the U.S., the thousands in Australia and the dozens in all of those other countries combined can finally take their copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II online without having to shell out a single penny.

“All Xbox owners in these regions, regardless of their current subscription, will have access to online multiplayer gaming, Internet Explorer, Video Kinect and our entire catalog of entertainment apps, during that time period,” Nelson said in his blog post. “Have fun.”

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