My gold dies in 3 days. I doubt I renew. I mostly play Gears Judgment lately and at this rate the online to this game will be dead someday or maybe it will hang on with not many people playing it.
I enjoy it lately and didn't care much for it at first. I've prestiged twice. I haven't played it as much as I did Gears Of War 2.
Now I enjoy Gears Of War 3 and Judgment and don't care much about the mp to the first two. Gears Of War has enough people playing it, but Gears Of War 2 is basically dead. You might get lucky and get 3 people on each team if you wait long enough.
There is ways to get a free month of Live repeatedly. I think it's even been posted a few times in the deals section, and that it just requires a specific credit card company. I do expect the game to become really empty once people unlock Sybarite. That seems to be the final achievement people are holding onto this game for.
I played Horde mode in Gears of War 2 a few months ago and was able to find games. People quit after a few rounds, of course, which was lame. Or you had the serious players that ended the match as soon as we all died.
It's the downside of older games. The 'community' move away from it, and you're either left with the people who don't know teamwork or take it too seriosuly and aren't fun to play with or against. Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty, Battlefield.... All fun games, until a year or so after there release. Everytime I want to play Call of Duty: World at War I reminded of how many hackers are there.