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6:00 PM on 11.03.2011

Get your Skyrim launch avatars on XBLA now

Do you love The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim so much that you want to spend extra money on loosely related digital content? I knew you would! Let me point you to the new Skyrim launch avatars on Xbox Live Arcade. They're available...

Dale North

4:00 AM on 10.28.2011

War of the Worlds avatar gear invades XBLA

You had to know it was only a matter of time. They've been out there, watching us for years just waiting for the chance to force themselves on to your XBLA avatars. They've plotted their hostile attiring and have chosen ...

Liam Fisher

9:30 PM on 08.21.2011

Robocop avatar gear: I'd buy that for a dollar

In past weeks, publishers have announced copious amounts of avatar gear in support of their games. T-shirts, hats, pets, props, etc... but nothing truly worth the price tag. This, however, justifies the existence of avatar g...

Liam Fisher





6:45 PM on 08.16.2011

Warhammer helps sexify your Xbox avatar

We know you all love that spiffy avatar gear, and THQ's got your back this time out with an assortment of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine apparel and pets for your Xbox Live avatar. Seriously, get excited. Do it. For 80 points...

Liam Fisher

9:00 PM on 08.04.2011

Clothe your Xbox avatar in some pretty sweet Rage apparel

In a not so surprising turn of events, it seems people are really excited about id's open-world FPS Rage. So excited, in fact, that a set of Xbox Live avatar items has been released to the wilds of the Marketplace. Now your a...

Liam Fisher

5:45 PM on 08.04.2011

Rise of Nightmares has a terrifying pre-order bonus

SEGA's Rise of Nightmares is coming to Xbox 360 next month, giving you the ability to flail in terror at a horror game and maybe have it mean something. And if you want to creep yourself out even further, you can go pre-order...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 AM on 07.25.2011

Avatar Kinect out today, 240 MS Point 'Sparkler' out soon

Micrsoft's Avatar-based chat and "social entertainment experience," Avatar Kinect, is available today for Xbox 360. The program will be accessible to both Gold and Free Xbox Live members between July 25 and September 8. After...

Nick Chester

1:00 AM on 07.22.2011

Be the King of Pop with Michael Jackson avatar outfits

Ubisoft released Michael Jackson: The Experience for Kinect back in April, but they're just now getting around to offering up the usual avatar tie-ins. You can adorn your avatar in duds based on Michael Jackson's most popular...

Bob Muir

3:40 PM on 06.22.2011

Because you asked for it: Hitman: Absolution Avatar items

Hitman: Absolution isn't out until next year, but that doesn't mean you can't start spending money on crap related to the game right now. Today's crap comes in the form of Avatar items, including a classic Agent 47 outfit. It...

Nick Chester

5:05 PM on 06.09.2011

E3: Ubisoft & Assassin's Creed: Revelations avatar tripe

Ubisoft has released some Xbox Avatar malarky for Assassin's Creed: Revelations. You can buy one of the following: Codex (prop) - 240 MS Points Eagle (pet) - 240 MS Points Desmond Black Hoodie (male and female) - 160 MS Poin...

Maurice Tan

10:00 PM on 04.18.2011

Get a real-life statue of your Xbox Live Avatar

Here is news so amazing that nobody seemed to pick it up when it was announced over a week ago! Figureprints is teaming up with Microsoft to create real-life statues of Xbox Live Avatars. That's right, your Halo-helmeted gimp...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 03.11.2011

Get your PAX-exclusive Cole plushie Avatar item... at PAX

If you're at PAX this weekend, you shouldn't be reading this. You should be off waiting in some line somewhere, or sleeping off a hangover before waiting in line somewhere. But if you ARE reading this, heads up: Microsoft is ...

Nick Chester

8:00 PM on 02.16.2011

Beyond Good & Evil Avatar stuff for the uber fan

Ahead of Beyond Good & Evil HD's Xbox Live Arcade release, which is set to roll out on March 2, Ubisoft has put out a number of items for your Xbox 360 Avatar to interact with and possibly even wear. You best strap in, be...

Jordan Devore



CES: Avatar Kinect is your new virtual chat room photo
CES: Avatar Kinect is your new virtual chat room
by Jonathan Holmes

Microsoft's Cheney-esque powerhouse Steve Ballmer just announced that Kinect is getting a virtual chat service. Dubbed "Avatar Kinect," this new Xbox Live service will allow you to communicate with friends in a virtual space using your Xbox avatar, now enabled with real-time voice chat and motion controls.

Move your mouth at home, and your friends see your Avatar move its mouth on their screen. Flail your arms around like a maniac, and your avatar will do the same. It reminds me a lot of the ill-fated Wii Speak channel that Nintendo rolled out a while back, only with a lot more features, and a chance of actually being successful.

The downside is it looks like your Avatar may need to remain seated during these chats. Sure, you get a variety of virtual spaces to hang out in, ranging from the fantastic to the semi-realistic. But if you can't get out of your seat, how are you supposed to give your virtual friends virtual handshakes?!

That's what people do with webcams, right? Give their friends virtual handshakes?

Avatar Kinect will launch this spring, and will be free to all Xbox Live Gold members. We'll have more details this week; stay tuned.

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6:00 AM on 01.03.2011

Xbox Live's Deal of the Week is a bunch of avatar stuff

Try not to trip while racing to your console to purchase all of the great deals Microsoft is offering on Xbox Live this week. You can make your Avatar dress up in a bunny costume for only half of what is normally requested fo...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:00 AM on 12.28.2010

Happy Mass Effect 2 DLC deal day!

What do you do when a game makes an appearance on every outlet's "Game of the Year" lists? You discount the hell out of the expansion content, of course!Today's Xbox 360 "Countdown to 2011" deal is on Mass Effect 2's adds-ons...

Nick Chester