The only thing better than Xbox is Xbox Live, as it gives you the opportunity to play with your buddies -and complete strangers – from all over the world. Whether you are in the mood for sports, racing or shoot em ups, you can play anytime, anywhere.

Xbox Live comes in two flavors, Silver and Gold, but regardless of which you choose, you can integrate it with Windows Live Messenger. This opens the door to more fun, as you get to use avatars, create a profile, record all your gaming achievements, use video chat and more.

All this comes at a price, of course; to get the most form Xbox Live, you need to have a DSL line. You also have to pay for Xbox Live, but there are ways you can get it for free.

1. Trial Cards

The easiest way is to get the Free Trial Card. With the card, you will be able to open an account, and play Xbox Live without charge for eight weeks or so. They are available from a variety of web sites.

2. Free Game Trials

Several Xbox games, such as Star Wars Battlefront and Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes, come with free codes that allow you to play Xbox Live at no charge for two months.

These are not just limited to Xbox games you can buy at the stores, but there are also some downloadable games on the Net that come with these trial codes.

3. Freebies

Whether it is a promo from an online gaming magazine or a freebie from a game, there are always free Xbox Live codes. Just keep your eye and ears open, especially on game sites that are coming out with a new product for the gaming platform.

4. Go to Microsoft's website

Every so often Microsoft offers promotions for Xbox, and a lot of times this involves giving people the chance to play it without any charge for certain periods. As the creators of Xbox, it pays to visit their site, as any new announcements or freebies will be posted there.

Usually, the best time to expect free time on Xbox Live is when there is a gaming event taking place (such as the launching of a new game). there will usually be a tie up with Microsoft and the promo may include free codes.

5. Websites

Among the most popular sources of free Xbox Live trial codes are gaming websites. The process for getting these codes will vary from site to site, but generally they follow this pattern.

The first is to take part in a survey question, and then fill out a form and register on their site. After completing the registration form, you will be able to log on to Xbox Live. A screen or dialog box will come up, called either Promo Guide or Prepaid Card. Follow the instructions, and you will be able to play.

There are several Internet web sites that provide these codes: these include, but are not limited to, Invision Free Site 1, Invision Free Site 2, Xbox, Xbox Free Zones, Free Zone Rewards, Team Box Forum, Gaming Lagoon, Xbox, Box Deal and many more.

Source by Peter Garant