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I have been looking for a "beginners guide to Xbox live" but had trouble finding anything that was helpful for someone new to Xbox live. Theres plenty on the Xbox website about the features but not s… Read More
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1d, 7m agoPosted 1 decade, 7 months ago
I have been looking for a "beginners guide to Xbox live" but had trouble finding anything that was helpful for someone new to Xbox live. Theres plenty on the Xbox website about the features but not so much on practical tips.

So having had my 360 for about 2 months finally thought I would venture onto Xbox Live and was very dissappointed. I think I had a bit of a niave view of what it would be like. I was playing Gears of War but many of the games I joined it would be mid-game. I had assumed the system would lock you out of games in play and only let you join games that hadn't started. The other issue was some of the gamers had a very limited vocabulary which mainly consisted of f*** and b******.

Unfortunately most of my friends don't have an Xbox which would be the obvious answer.

Anyone got any practical tips? or should I just buy a Wii?

PS Anyone remember Air Warrior?

Cheers
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1d, 7m agoPosted 1 decade, 7 months ago
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It does depend on the game but first person shooters in particular seem to suffer from a pretty poor community when you're just going public with them, to get the games at their best it's usually good to find a clan or private server or in the case of Xbox Live build up a friends list. If you enjoyed playing with someone send them a friend request and you should be able to get some decent games going.

Not sure how the Wii is a solution...

John
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Dont forget you can always create a game if you wish, others will soon join it.

Trouble is with 2 of the best new games (call of duty 3 and Gears of War) dont have pre game lobbies. so you cant join a game before it begins then start and finish it together with the other players. Call of Duty 2 has this.

Dont forget there is much more to xbox live than just gameing though (the majority is 13 year old kids - hence the language) Like john said if you find someone you enjoy playing against then send them a freind request.
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Or play Ranked games on COD3. It has a pre game lobby so you start and finish a game together, you cant play with friends on ranked but that isnt an issue for you.

As its been said before it varies game to game
#4
Remember there's more to Xbox Live than just online gaming aswell.

Admittedly this will probably be the main reason you'd want it but there's the offer of downloadable extras for games and demos, themes, music and in the near future tv shows and films available etc.

I have to admit though that some games are rubbish online unless you're very hardcore, this includes a lot of first person shooters for example but it depends what you're into. Some games are more community based, others are just one off online games.
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Not sure what it is with shooters on XBox Live but the community back on PGR2 on the original XB were always a friendly bunch. Have to agree that the people playing PC games like UT2004 are infinitely nicer than the freakshows you get on games like Halo.
#6
Avoid the idiots and get yourself a good friendslist of similar minded players.

If you are playing people on line, make a note of the people who dont have attitidude problems and a potty mouth and send them a friends request.

Thats the way I done it and now have over 50 people in the list to play online against.

I play mainly FPS (COD2, COD3, Gears of War etc) and my Gamertag is the same as my name here if you want to add me.
#7
As MBeeching mentions driving games seem to have a good community spirit. If my first experience of live was Halo 2 or now Gears Of War then I would have been quite put off too. I built up most of my friends list from games like Burnout 3 and then I would play other games with people I knew from there and their friends and so on...

There's not much time to chat when you're fighting for your life. I think the fact that you die and have to sit out the rest of the match on Gears makes people even more competitive and serious about things.

If you have some other games or even some Arcade games maybe try those. Texas Holdem gives you ample time to chat. One thing that is quite important too is your setting on your gamer profile. What zone are you set as? If it's Pro or Underground then you'll get matched more with serious gamers rather than laid back ones.
#8
Many thanks for the responses. I think that as some of you have mentioned the key is to build up a good buddy list. I've since found that there is a UK friends forum on Xbox live which is also used as a kind of "billy no mates" page for linking like-minded gamers.

http://forums.xbox.com/260/ShowForum.aspx

I'll take you up on your offer bingo83 and add you to my gamers list.

I'm fairly new to hotdeals but the community on here is great and not too many flame wars!
Cheers
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MBeeching
Not sure what it is with shooters on XBox Live but the community back on PGR2 on the original XB were always a friendly bunch. Have to agree that the people playing PC games like UT2004 are infinitely nicer than the freakshows you get on games like Halo.


PGR2 had a great community as did the MotoGP games.

I wouldn't agree on people playing PC games like UT2004 being any better unless you have a good clan or private server to play on.

John

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