words about words and the Xbox Live service will be bye-bye on October 17th. Read about it here.
Here’s my list of the Top Ten Things to Do October 17. What are YOU gonna do?
  1. Boost 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. Bust out your big black buddy original Xbox. There are still awesome games coming out for Xbox®. In fact Destroy All Humans!™ 2 comes out on Tuesday October 17. That’s pretty good timing.
  3. Go shopping! We’ve had a boatload of great games and accessories release in the last few weeks. Check out LEGO® Star Wars II®: The Original Trilogy, Xbox Live Vision Camera, Test Drive® Unlimited, and lots of other great stuff. Make your local retailer very happy.
  4. Nominate a friend for the Gamer Spotlight. TriXie’s email will still be working, so drop her a line at and tell her who you think needs some attention on
  5. Listen to Xbox podcasts. Visit Gamertag Radio, XBLRadio, SquadXP, and Unscripted360, just to name a few. We’d suggest Major Nelson’s ‘cast, but we know everyone’s already listened to all of his!
  6. Study up on October 17 history. Here are some examples of momentous events that occurred on 10/17:
    • 1931: Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
    • 1933: Physicist Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
    • 1945: Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.
    • 1979: Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  7. Birthdays! October 17 is also the birthday of Rita Hayworth, Evel Knievel, Mike Judge, Eminem, and Superman creator Jerry Siegel! It’s a great opportunity to use Xbox 360™ for more than games—watch the Shawshank Redemption, Beavis and Butthead, and Superman: the Movie.
  8. Holiday anyone? Hoist a glass in honor of The United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (just don’t waste any) and Black Poetry Day in the U.S.
  9. Talk to your significant other. Remember them? You last spoke about 11 months ago when you got your Xbox 360 console. Just don’t say anything like, "Have you gained weight?"
  10. Make your holiday wish list. HD DVD anyone? How about the Wireless Headset and Wireless Racing Wheel? How about that cool new Zune thingamagig and the cool accessories to go with it? Don’t forget Gears of War®, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent™, and Viva Piñata!

7 thoughts on “Downtime coming. Here’s what to do.

  1. Mike says:

    Some more for your list…
    11.  Download Vista RC2 if you are in the Beta.  If not, the CTP is still out there I believe.  It is the Bees Knees.
    12.  Make something.  Step out of the box and challenge yourself to do something–for me, I’m working on a business idea that will make TriXie hate me and on my gadgets/widgets.
    13.  Send E messages on Live every 5 minutes with "Are you done yet?".  (I just realized that if Live was down, and so was the .com, you couldn’t feasibly do this.  Still a good idea though.)
    14.  Harrass AceyBongos.  Tell him he talks funny.  Because the British do.
    15.  Go to the mall and make fun of Emo kids.
    16.  Perform proper maintenance and clear out your SysTray.
    17.  Call your mother.  She misses you and it has been far too long since you’ve spoken.
    18.  Hug someone.

  2. James says:

    11. Try (unsuccessfully)  to finish Ninja Gaiden for the millionth time.
    12.  End up utterly frustrated and throw 360 controller at Live Vision camera.
    13.  Raise fists to sky and cry, "why TriXie, why!"
    14.  Bake cookies.
    15.  Eat freshly baked cookies.
    16.  Curl up in fetal postion on floor with your 360 while quitely whispering, "my precious."
    That’s what I’ll be doing, I’ll be sure to take some pics with my Live Vision camera to share with the community, lol.

  3. Robert says:

    Hope you don’t get too many emails on Tuesday, TriXie :PI hear that your inbox is already overwhelmed with requests for gamer spotlights, along with everything else; from Xbox Ambassadors to GamerSpeaks. I bet my spotlight recommendations and applications are hidden in there somewhere, though :PCan’t wait to see the new stuff on the 18th!Thanks for the Friend Addy,Haloaded

  4. Nicholas says:

    Maybe I’ll actually fix my PS2

  5. Debbie says:

    OMG! I am going to give courses on the 17th and on the 18th at work. It is going to be a hard week. I guess I will just fall asleep in the couch this time. 😛

  6. Silver says:

    Nice list. I would like to add:
    (1) Spend quality time with your significant other.
    (2) Take an hour to do charity work or a community service.
    (3) Add, edit, and modify our music collections on both the 360 and the original Xbox.
    (4) Wipe the dust off PS2 and sell it on Ebay. LOL Just kidding. Play a little Kingdom Hearts 2.
    (5) Preorder a Nintendo Wii at your local Gamestop.
    (6) For the spiritual, pray and be one wih God.
    (7) Update and modify your Windows Live Space.
    (8) Don’t worry. Be happy. 🙂

  7. Steve519 says:

    Trixie your awesome, thanks for including XBL Radio to the things to do while xbox live is down, that made my day right there, I’ve been telling everyone.  So again, thanks Trixie for listing us there

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