In days of yore, the world's greatest minds strived and strained to create gold from where there was none. Now, Microsoft is finally realizing the secrets of alchemy. Not only that, but it's sharing its riches with the world (well, parts of it) by making Xbox Live Gold free for all until Monday, April 22.

Xbox 360 owners in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Japan can access the Gold service for nada right now, with the temporary freedom granted until 1PM ET (10AM PT) on Monday.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.