How to setup an Xbox LIVE gamertag and avatar

We’ve been mentioning for a few weeks now that you should go secure a free Xbox LIVE gamertag so you can seamlessly transition to Wordament on Xbox LIVE on April 25th. Your gamertag will be your identity in Wordament as well as in any other Xbox LIVE game you play.  So how do you go about getting one? It’s quite easy and best of all it’s free.

The easiest way to get started is to grab your Windows Phone.   If you already have an Xbox LIVE account, you can use your existing account and gamertag.  Otherwise it’s simple to create a new account.

1. On Start, tap Xbox LIVE clip_image001.

2. In Games, tap Join Xbox LIVE or sign in.

3. You’ll be asked to set up your phone with a Windows Live ID, set up your Xbox LIVE account, or sign in.

Once you have an account, you can see your gamertag, check your gamerscore, customize your avatar, and more in the Games Hub.

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more details at:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/apps/set-up-an-xbox-live-account.aspx

After your gamertag is created you can design your avatar. 

Your Avatar is the visual counterpart to your gamertag.  You can customize your Avatar to look just like you or as wild as you like.  If you just created a new account there will be a gray avatar in the games hub, that’s the default avatar and you definitely want to customize it.   You can do this on the phone by tapping on the gray avatar in the games hub.

If the phone feels a bit too cramped for creating your digital persona you can always jump on a PC and head http://www.xbox.com where you can sign in and edit your avatar in the browser.

Once you’re all setup your avatar will be waiting to greet you in Wordament on Xbox LIVE .

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Let us know if you have any troubles!

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4 Responses to How to setup an Xbox LIVE gamertag and avatar

  1. Michelle says:

    I don’t have a sign un or join pagebin my Xbox menu. It was there when I first bought my phone and it just disappeared. Can I get it back somehow

    • Wordament says:

      It may have become “unpinned” from your Home screen. When you are at the Home screen, tap the little “right arrow” in the top-right corner. That will pivot you to the all list. In there you should find the Games / Xbox Live hub. Let us know if you have any trouble!

  2. Brian Elgaard says:

    This looks great, I can hardly wait to use it! But why do you call it a pivot? It looks like a panorama control to me. And how did you handle the background image with a non-panorama part on top? (I am a dev:-).)

    • Wordament says:

      Hi Brian –

      We called it a Pivot control, because that’s what it is. We are NOT using a Panorama control for our Start screen, though we do use a 2D scrolling control for Individual Results and the perf is astonishing compared to our former list boxes.

      The background is static. It is not part of the control. Thanks for the comment!

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