What to do during Xbox LIVE maintenance

What to do during Xbox LIVE maintenance

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As Major Nelson posted on his blog, Xbox LIVE will be unavailable for up to 24 hours tomorrow June 16. We thought you might have some questions. Well, at least one.

Q: What the heck am I going to do for 24 hours if I can’t troll the forums, pwn my rivals, download stuff on Marketplace and video chat with my friends?

A: We’re glad you asked. We hereby submit our Top Ten Things to Do on June 16 2009:

1. Beef up your Gamerscore. That’s right; you can still earn achievements when you’re offline. Your achievements will be uploaded to the Xbox LIVE service when it becomes available.

2. Play some of the amazing single-player games in your games library: Fallout 3, Fable 2, Assassin’s Creed, BioShock and Mass Effect are some of the best.

3. Nominate a friend for the Gamer Spotlight. Trixie360’s email will still be working, so drop her a line at xlmail@microsoft.com and tell her who you think needs some attention on Xbox.com.

4. Catch up on your gaming podcast listening: We suggest Xbox 360 Fancast, Sarcastic Gamer Pink, Loading Reality, Unscripted360, GameHounds and The Married Gamers to name just a few.

5. Study up on June 16 history. Here are some examples of momentous events that occurred on 6/16:
      a. 1858 – Abraham Lincoln gave his “House Divided” speech.
      b. 1963 - Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
      c. 1980 - The movie "The Blues Brothers" opened in Chicago, IL.

6. June 16 is also the birthday of Geronimo, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stan Laurel. So watch “Geronimo: A Living Legend”, read Oates’ short story “Where are you Going, Where Have you Been?” or screen "Nothing But Trouble."

7. Holidays anyone? Hoist a glass in honor of Bloomsday in Dublin and Youth Day in South Africa.

8. Talk to your significant other. Maybe even your children. How old are they now?

9. Shop for Dad. Father’s Day is next Sunday, June 21! If he’s a gamer, you know exactly what to get him!

10. Check out what some folks from the Xbox LIVE Twitter community will be up to:

  • I'll be finally doing my laundry and food shopping, HAHA, mrfusiononcar
  • Stack controllers and game boxes around my XBOX to build the Eiffel Tower, then knock down as XBOXZilla. UnderTaker
  • Crawl up in the fetal position and scream for mommy while crying in a dark closet! aimzb
  • Create an orbital array of kittens to begin my evil plan of world domination. BahamutZaero
  • Finally enjoy a night off from my 1 vs 100 addiction. wolvie75 VwR
  • Finally organize the 360 game cases that have take over my house. III ULTRA III
  • Maybe remove the inch thick layer of dust off my ps3 and actually use it for once? sc00termcg33
  • Walk outside and realize there is an outside world, and it's not as cool as Gears of War 2! DarqFlare
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  • it sucks for me cuz...i just got my brand new all black xbox last nite...i was online for about two hours and it shut off...i was like what the hell.but i know whats up now.. its all good i was playing prototype anyway...........get at me gametag zombiekid626...

  • I would try to play the great single player games like Bioshock or Mass Effect.. but oh wait like Chris siad... I have content I downloaded and now cannot play the game unless I restart..... I was so close to getting the historian and brass balls achievment in Bioshock...

  • Man lol I was hoping it was just for 12 hours,

    but this time away from live gave me the chance to get all the skulls and marathon man woop woop, yet I still can't beat it on legendary :(...


    I was driving down the road and this car was getting too close to me, and I could have sworn I was holding a mauler and tried to shoot it lulz. I know pretty that is pretty sad; I must be becoming delusional.

  • time to take my fallout 3 out

    (blows dust off fallout 3 case) alright lets destroy some muttie faces

  • I will have to...um PLAY THE WII(suddenly hears a backround music DUN DUN DUN DUN)-wii sucks

  • Work on some of my Halo 3 Forge maps and upload them when live is back, or I could study for exams... nah.


  • oh my god! i have been waiting for so long now! you promised me to come backonline at 00:01 xbox live! whyyy whyyyy!!!!

  • go outside enjoy nature  ha.ha.ha.

  • well yeah i guess they sent it in the mail or whatever man but i get butt loads of mail all the time i can't check it all and if they can do little spotlight interviews of games and stuff why not something like were shutting down xbox live for a day now i have my day off at work and nothing to do at the house oh well ive beatin every game i have thats why it sucks

  • Play call of duty 4 modern warfare on old school free for all and find new places to go and look for glitches if there is any left out there. Also i think we should get our 24 hrs back because mine expires on the 24  

  • This is torture. I hate when this happens. I was first driven insane thinking something was wrong with the connection in my house. Nope. Then I just realized something. If I want certain achievements on some games. They might go away when I sign on to xbox live.

    Happened to me on Mass Effect before. No way am I going to sit there trying to use a power again. -.-

    I need live to succeed in my achievement obsessed needs! >:(

  • What about Tupac Shakur's birthday?Thats today as well isn't it?

  • what  was that all about nothing new but your profile update on xbox.com...thats it, so when does facebook come out ya i know this fall but when this fall

  • I got on sacred 2 and leveled the heck out of my shadow warrior.  He is a tank now for his level.

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