Xbox Live, go online Nigeria
I believe I’m of the elite few to have played a game online via XBL in Nigeria and trust me it was an awesome experience. So I decided to write a guide to gaming online so Xbox 360 users can enjoy the full experience. For those who did not read their console manual, XBL (Xbox Live) is a paid for online gaming and distribution service, whilst registration is free, using the core features of the service will set you back at most 9k a year. If you can afford the drop some paper- trust me it’s worth it- then you become an XBL gold member, the gives you access to online gaming, special offers, chatting, special features (facebook, twitter, Netflix and sky tv), the list goes on. For me it’s all about the gaming.
Another important factor in the XBL experience is your ISP, me I use MTN 3G; it’s bloody expensive but I try to limit myself to 200mb a day and I end up spending 5k a month. Despite what you might think in regards to bandwidth requirement, when playing Call of Duty 4; Modern Warfare the average speed was 15kbps. NOTE: do not host games! Search for games, hosting bandwidth requirement a steep. Personally I would recommend Direct on pc broadband- especially if live in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt- for a number of reasons:
1. There’s no bandwidth caps i.e. host all want
2. They are the best ISP in Nigeria
3. Their WiMax service in the above mention states, is very affordable and they promise about 2mbps
4. They use routers and that is very important when it come to your NAT (Network Address Translation) type. Routers mean free NAT type, which is what you want, since I use MTN mine says Moderate. What does this mean? Well if you have a game like Halo 3 or Gears of War 2, they come bundled with match making software, this matches you up with gamers of similar skill, so you do not dominated in matches. With moderate and strict NAT types, you could wait for hours before you find a match and it’s usually with higher ranked players (you will die). if you browser via a stick or dongle then you need to know about sharing your internet connection, if you need a guide, ‘Google it’, try “connect to XBL via 3G modem” it should work.
When you’ve figured out how to connect your console to the internet , it is time to open an account; for this you will need a windows live ID, don’t worry, you don’t need a hotmail account to have one of these, simply go to Xbox.com and sign in. When you have an ID simply say connect to Xbox Live on your console and you’ll begin the process of linking your gamertag to your windows live ID. Note: when they ask you what region you want to join just say United Kingdom, it’s easier for our servers to talk to their = better service. The good thing about opening a new account (it is the first time you and console go on XBL) is that you get a month’s free gold membership, so play hard and get fragged harder.
There is a dark side to the XBL experience, the profanity, you will come across a lot of people childish people who take the game way too seriously and feel the urge to assert their dominance. There was as instance where they insulted my mother, reason? I didn’t talk back. I fragged a couple a people and in response they would talk trash, I did not respond (aided by the fact that my mic wasn’t on), after three matches they were fed up and the insult came rolling in. My advice, switch lobbies –you’ll understand -or just ignore them and do what you came there to do, let your skill shine
XBL is an experience I think no Nigerian should miss out on and it certainly gives your games longevity, bar a million, there are 16 million wholesome gamers out there who play for fun, so get out there and game! That’s an order!