It's a good time to be a penniless Xbox owner. Microsoft has a number of free-to-play games in the works for Xbox Live, including World of Tanks: Xbox 360 and Project Spark, which doesn't even require a Gold subscription. Under the Games with Gold scheme, the firm will also hand out two free Xbox 360 games to Gold subscribers every month - one game on the 1st, the next on the 16th.
You'll read about each free game as it arrives right here, on this continually updated page, which is definitely worth a bookmark. By all means drop us a comment about a freebie we've missed, or a suggestion as to what Microsoft should give away next, or to let us know how you're making use of the cash you've saved. The Games with Gold scheme will also launch on Xbox One at some point in the future.
Update: 01/03/2014 - Major Nelson has confirmed that March's free Games with Gold offerings are Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders. As passed on by Twitter user lifelower, Japanese Xbox Gold users get Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts free in place of Civilization: Revolution, which isn't available on Xbox Live in the region.
Free Xbox games of the month
From the creators of the most excellent XCOM: Enemy Within, Civilization Revolution is a dedicated couch-ready Civilization experience that streamlines the 4X empire-building format to the essentials. We gave it a solid 8 in our review, summarising the game as follows: "By trimming away micromanagement clutter that often bogs down this type of game, you're free to navigate your way through the tricky minefield of becoming the dominant civilization, without being thwarted yourself. There might not be any sniper rifles in this one, but Firaxis proves it knows more than one way to cause an impact."
Free Xbox games for all time
Warface Xbox 360 (beta)
A Gold-exclusive free-to-play FPS featuring four classes, co-op and competitive mission types, four maps (at the time of writing) and some ruddy great robots. Warface is the work of Crytek, developer of the Crysis series, so you can expect a fairly fast-paced experience with a fat tactical underbelly. The full version is slated for release this spring.