While we recently brought you news that
there will be a free Xbox Live Gold
(albeit not necessarily on the weekend of April Fools' Day), gamers outside of America can stop
rejoicing now. The event, sponsored by Verizon, will only be available to U.S. gamers.
This makes some
business sense, as there is little point for an American phone company to sponsor gamers who cannot even buy their
products, but it's disappointing for Europeans -- we often feel that we are losing out when it comes to gaming, and
news like this doesn't help. One of the major benefits of Xbox Live is that it is not region-specific, allowing gamers
all over the world to play together, and yet the free trial won't play to this strength.