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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

3:00 PM on 12.27.2010

Hydro Thunder XBLA more than half off today

Microsoft continues its "Countdown to 2011" Xbox Live Marketplace deals today, this time with Hydro Thunder Hurricane and a… Minotaur. The updated version of the classic water racer will run you 400 MS Points today onl...

Nick Chester

1:00 AM on 12.21.2010

World of Keflings makes beautiful music

Above you will see a video of World of Keflings which demonstrates the musical cannons in the game. So, basically, looks to me to be a more complicated version of Mario Paint.  That's not a complaint, mind you. I'v...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 PM on 11.24.2010

Dress up your Xbox 360 Avatars like Tron characters

Hey! Bullsh*t digital clothing! Neat! Yes, starting tomorrow you'll be able to dress up your Xbox 360 Avatar like Tron characters. The Avatar items will include the Anon gridsuit and helmet, Quorra's gridsuit, TRON's gridsuit...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:30 AM on 11.10.2010

Free Black Ops 360 avatar clothes for the ladies

Activision made a tactical error in printing up the pack-in download codes for the limited editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Seems they completely neglected to include one gender in the process and only codes for male...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 PM on 09.11.2010

Meat Boy shirts on 360 avatars, and Spelunky on Meat Boy?

This post is half solid, half rumor. The part about the Meat Boy shirts coming to Xbox 360 avatars is definitely legit. This image, spotted on Super Meat Boy's twitter, is the real deal. The second part part of this post is p...

Jonathan Holmes

11:30 PM on 09.02.2010

Rock Band Avatar 'rocks' Xbox Live or something

I've spent a lot of MS Points on Rock Band songs, but very few on Avatar items. By "very few" I mean zero. So Harmonix and MTV Games introducing Rock Band Avatar items seems like some kind of ploy into tricking me to purchase...

Nick Chester

9:40 AM on 08.19.2010

Fate of Gears of War's Carmine not yet sealed

As it stands right now, the Carmine that will appear in Epic's Gears of War 3 -- Clayton Carmine -- will live. This based on sales of real t-shirts and Xbox Live Avatar t-shirts… gamers want Carmine to survive the next...

Nick Chester

6:30 PM on 08.17.2010

Avatar 2.0: MS Avatars get redesigned for Kinect

Rare says that the silly old Xbox avatars are getting an overhaul for Kinect. They told OXM that their lanky, non-manly bodies will become more realistic. Rare senior programmer Nick Burton says that they'll essentially be Av...

Dale North