From today until March 14th, if users of the OnLive gaming service pre-order Homefront you will also receive a promo code for the full version of Metro 2033 and, until quantities run out, an OnLive game system for free (save for shipping, handling, and taxes).

From the press release:

“This is a watershed event: It’s the first time a game system has ever been given away with the purchase of a game,” said OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman. “Homefront is one of the biggest games coming out this quarter, and we wanted gamers to see just how incredible is to have the hottest title playable with the instant-play, massive spectating experience on their HDTV that is only possible through OnLive. So, for the same money you’d spend pre-ordering Homefront on any platform, gamers get the platform with the game (and Metro 2033 to keep you busy till launch date). Quantities are limited. Get ‘em while their hot!”

[SPOILER="All the fine print stuff"]*ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO RETROACTIVE DISCOUNTS. Purchase a Full PlayPass for “Homefront” between February 25, 2011 (2:00 PM PST) and March 14, 2011 (11:59PM PDT) and receive a promo code for a Full PlayPass to “Metro 2033” shortly after purchase. A limited number of OnLive subscribers will also receive an email after March 14, 2011 (11:59PM PDT) containing a promo code for a FREE OnLive Game System. Shipping, handling and tax for the OnLive Game System not included. The free OnLive Game System offer is valid during “Homefront” pre-order while supplies last. Promo codes for “Metro 2033” and free OnLive Game System (while supplies last) must be redeemed by March 31, 2011 (11:59PM PDT). Terms are subject to change without notice. Only valid within the contiguous United States while connected to the OnLive Game Service. Game purchases are not transferable. No cash value. Game pre-orders may be cancelled and refunds are available at any time before the game is released on the OnLive Game Service. Cancellation of the pre-order cancels offer promo codes, the “Metro 2033” Full PlayPass, and the free OnLive Game System offer. Contact OnLive Customer Service for cancellation and refund requests at or 1-888-ONLIVE-5.

Your FREE Membership (the ”Free Membership”) includes free access to the OnLive Game Service (the “Service”) from your MicroConsole™ TV Adapter, PC, or Mac® through your broadband Internet connection. It does not include any games, content or other services available for purchase separately, or any costs associated with your computer or Internet connection. To activate your Free Membership, you must successfully connect to the Service within seven (7) days of registration. OnLive reserves the right to terminate your Free Membership at any time. If you purchase access to a game, content or other services, you will need to enter a payment method and will be subject to whatever terms are applicable to the access or use of such game, content and services. The Free Membership is subject to the OnLive Terms of Service.[/SPOILER]

What is OnLive?

And it works quite well. I've been in the beta since last year. Games run in very high quality with no effort from my computer. I'm interested to see how it will look on my television in high def. with the game system I'll be getting from this.