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XBL downtime scheduled for Oct. 17th [update 1]

Major Nelson has sent us word that there will be a day scheduled downtime for Xbox Live and Xbox.com on October 17th. October 17th ... hmmm. Why does that sound familiar. Wait a minute! That's when we get Double Agent. What the hell, man! And not only that, October 17th is the second to last day of the PSU beta -- which is already delayed to begin with. So what the hell do we do now Microsoft? What the hell do we do now?!

Ah well, guess we all gotta deal right? The boys at Xbox.com even suggest 10 things you can do without Live. And Major Nelson reminds us all that this is not the Fall dashboard update, though apparently "cool stuff" is being added. What that means is anyone's guess. Now we just figure out what to do. Anybody want to go bowling or something?

[Thanks, Larry, AKA Major Nelson]

Update: It's Xbox.com, not Box.com. Give me a break. I'm jet-lagged here.

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1. Maybe their maintenancing the Live servers (I have noticed some downloads, especially the download of Tiger Woods 2007, have been kinda slow), and/or possibly doing server software upgrades to add functionality for the Fall update to the servers (Remember, there was some down time abit before the Spring update as well).

Posted at 4:37PM on Oct 12th 2006 by DA360

2. after reading xbox.com's list, I think we need to come up with our own list of things to do.

Posted at 4:39PM on Oct 12th 2006 by aragorn

3. I wonder if it'll affect the PSU beta at all. If it's structured like FFXI (and if I remember correctly), the game doesn't run on Xbox Live's servers, but rather on servers owned and operated by (in this case) Sega. It's very possible, then, that the beta servers will stay up and running during the Live downtime.

Posted at 4:54PM on Oct 12th 2006 by Dark Morford

4. Lol. You said "Box.com". Not "Xbox.com"!

I actually went to "box.com" too!

WHY? Why? Why?!!!

Posted at 4:54PM on Oct 12th 2006 by X Budd

5. Usually only good things come out of these sorts of things...so I'm looking forward to what may be on the other end of the downtime. Although I suppose we may not know entirely until some later date where MS is fit to reveal new stuff.

Posted at 5:41PM on Oct 12th 2006 by stumpie

6. It sucks LiVE will be down for a whole day, but that list of things to do made me laugh. I'm glad that even corporations like Microsoft can have a sense of humor.

I especially like #9, talk to your significant other, LoL.

Posted at 6:05PM on Oct 12th 2006 by Brian Clarke

7. WB Richard... and congrats again.

Kinda funny, X Budd... I went to box.com to see what you were talking about. It was actually the last thing I figured one would run into from a url like box.com.

Posted at 7:49PM on Oct 12th 2006 by jc

8. I just saw an ad for Splinter Cell during Jimmy Kimmel saying it was coming out on the 19th... Sort of odd, right?

Posted at 3:32AM on Oct 13th 2006 by ill trooper

9. lil trooper - The 17th is the ship date. So when a game is being released like that, they pad the date a little so people don't go looking for it on the 17th, not understanding the difference between a ship date and a street date.

Most game stores won't get the game until the 18th (unless they consider this game big enough to make an employees drive to airports/distro centers to get the game early), and the Walmarts/Bestbuys probably wont until the 19th.

Posted at 9:43AM on Oct 13th 2006 by Shannon

10. Maybe they're updating Live so we can play Gears of War ranked with our friends! :P

Posted at 10:32AM on Oct 13th 2006 by Michael

11. "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."

I was at my gf's sociology lecture yesterday and the prof was talkin about all-things-sex...and amongst them rape...and he said if u wanna see alot of guy on guy rape...go watch shawshank redemption...now WHY THE F*** WOULD MICROSOFT RECOMMEND YOU GO WATCH THIS?!!?!??!

Posted at 11:30AM on Oct 13th 2006 by DjDATZ

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