Xbox Avatars

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Anyone else here a fan of the Xbox Avatar app? I love it and can easily spend an hour playing around with mine. The animations are so expressive, and the options are endless. I’ve created pretty spot-on avatars for my entire family, which we use as our gamerpics and also as our user images on Windows and other devices. In fact, I just updated mine following my post-Movember shave, and you’ll notice it’s my Thurrott.com avatar as well.

It’s a bit disappointing that these avatars aren’t really used much on Xbox itself, as they were originally designed to drive the social experience across the ecosystem. Aside from occasional free swag dropped to promote a new game, the entire framework has been largely ignored.

Anyone else a fan of Xbox avatars? Who else would like to see Microsoft do more with them, perhaps create a virtual space where they could interact or star as the main character of a game? Who else wants Microsoft to release an ugly holiday sweater for Xbox avatars? Who else wants to see Paul’s and Brad’s Xbox avatars?

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2 responses to “Xbox Avatars”

  1. darkgrayknight

    There were a few games where the avatars were actually in the game (World of Keflings comes to mind). I do like the avatars and they could be better utilized across Xbox at least. I think the issue is that not everyone really cares about these types of things and since there is not a real use of the avatar in anything important, it adds to the not caring about it.

    • gregsedwards

      In reply to darkgrayknight:

      Good point. I find that to be true of a lot of the social features of Xbox beyond the core gaming experience, including clubs, achievements, gamerscore, quests, and sharing clips. It's great that it all exists for those who enjoy it, but I suspect a large percent of the gaming population couldn't care less about it.

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