Joe Brennan: Hi, my name is Joe Brennan, the founder of Progamer and today I want to talk to you about how to join Microsoft's Xbox Live. Today, we are going to talk to you about how to connect your Xbox 360 to the Internet. How to create your own gamertag. How to create and enter your own Windows Live id. Choosing your Xbox Live membership level that's appropriate for you. How to add your friends and chat with them in IM and even use video to chat with them and most important of all, how to get involved in multi-player gaming on Xbox Live, and some of the other cool features that they have on Xbox Live like downloading video clips and music. To get started, we are going to need a couple of things. First you are going to need an Xbox. You are also going to need your own dedicated Internet connection. You are going to need a way to pay for your membership like a credit card or one of the prepaid Microsoft Xbox Live cards, that can be found at any convenient store or electronic store. Finally you are going to need a game title like Halo 3, or Gears of War, or Call of Duty 4 that allows for online multi-player gaming on the Xbox Live service. If you are under the age of 18 to use a credit card to pay for your Xbox Live membership, you are going to have to get the permission of your parents or your guardian. Before you get started let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am the founder of progamer.com, which is an online web service for gamers, so that they can create their own leagues and tournaments to play online games with each other. I have been a gamer for probably about 25 years starting way back when with the Atari system playing Asteroids and Missile Command. Really excited now about the potential of online multi-player gaming and being able to play against anybody from my friends in the same room with me, to some guy who maybe in London, or Hong Kong or New York or Oakland, Wisconsin .
So, if you have got all the things that we talked about. Before that you are going to need in Xbox console, an Internet connection, a credit card or a prepaid Xbox Live card and an xbox game that allows you to play online, then we are ready to join Xbox Live.