Saturday, 12 November 2011

With every upgrade comes some "unsupported" features

We finally decided to sign up for XBox Gold.  We've had an Xbox for almost the last 10 years.  Got our first one in Feb of 2002.  Never really felt a need for the yearly subscription.  Lately I've been wondering about the additional online content in some games, and they've filled out the service with more from Zune and Facebook, etc, so when John's brother tried to persuade him to join so they could play Magic, I said to go ahead with a family membership since it was cheaper than two singles.

We tried to join my hotmail account to the family membership but Xbox said we were from different regions and while I could be added to the family membership, I couldn't use it. (??)  I contacted support saying the problem was probably that I created my Live account when we lived in the US, while John had created his after we moved to Australia, so could they just migrate my account.

I guess that is not a reasonable request.  I would have thought that moving from one modern, English speaking country to another (and that is not to infer that there aren't plenty of non-English speaking modern countries - just that the same language should make it simpler, no?) would be easy... but due to licensing and copyright blah blah blah, Sorry, you can't move.

And it wasn't just MS.  I've neglected my blogging for a while, but thought now was a good time to get back to it.  Years ago I signed up to the blogger/google analytics more so for the interest in statistics than the fantasy that I could make money from blogging.  Turns out I've made around $7.50 in advertising revenue over the last 10 years (!!), but my account was on hold pending verification.  I figured now was a good time to migrate that account as well.  No, sorry.

So, in addition to my new account, I have a new account and a new url for my blog.  I'm not sure I want to really give up the old accounts.  Just like I'll have dual citizenship with the US and Australia, I'll probably keep dual country accounts.. (primarily because you can't do very much with Zune in Australia and a wonderful friend of mine has helped me set up a vpn connection to his server in the States so I can appear to be there while using the service).  If anyone needs my new xbox gamer tag, let me know.


  1. Glad to see you are cementing your place here in OZ! We have chosen the same template - I will have to look twice to check if I am on my blog or yours!

  2. Welcome to the world of Gold Xbox live. It's all you've ever wanted and more. Add me FlakmasterJ :-)