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Microsoft's 'Unleash Your Avatar' service is great for the ego, griefing friends

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How much do you heart your XBLA Avatar? Enough to plaster them on your wall? Enough to display them on your mantle? Etch them permanently into your Zune? A new service from Microsoft is giving players the opportunity to bring Avatars into the real world. The best part? It doesn't even have to be their own...

Microsoft has hooked up with promo item manufacturers, Fathead and FingerPrints, to offer ways for gamers to “unleash” their virtual Xbox personas. Options include printing them out as a life-sized Fathead wall graphic, mounting them as FingerPrints figurine or having them emblazoned on the back Microsoft's Zune player.

The priciest of these choices is the Zune etching at $170, followed by the wall sticker at $149 and the figurine at a respectable $60. Personally, that's a good chunk of change to pay for a vanity item. But then, the thought of seeing MattMcRockerFace* in all his leather-studded, shade-wearing 3D glory is also very enticing.

Oddly enough, neither of these services asks XBLA members to verify their identities. All that's required is an avatar name and/or picture to proceed. Curious, I asked an online Fathead rep to explain what would stop me from printing out a life sized sticker of a friend's avatar (for purely innocent reasons, I assure you). After 30-odd minutes of trying to explain why I would ever want to do such a thing, the answer I received was essentially "not much".

Do with this information what you will.

*name altered to protect against griefing

[Source: xbox.com via Joystiq] 

Mar 4, 2011

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14 comments

  • Spybreak8 - March 6, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    The only time I show off my avatar is on gamercards in forums. That's free btw lol. Also R.I.P. MGC.
  • Smeggs - March 6, 2011 5:28 a.m.

    I dunno...I think that having a figurine of myself as an avatar (Wearing the exact same hat I bought over the summer :D) would be pretty cool. Then again, $60 could be spent on something better, for example, one of the many good games coming out this year.
  • PeptoTurismo - March 6, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    I already thought buying little tinkers 'n' shit for your avatar was dumb enough, but this is well beyond any level of stupid (waste of money) I'm currently aware of. I'm sure the figurines will sell well enough, though. Also, if I don't get an ipad, ipod touch, iphone, or some other fancy cell phone, I'd definitely take a long look at a Zune HD 2, if such a thing were ever to be released. I think I'll google it now...nope.
  • AlpineGuy - March 5, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    As someone who: A) Doesn't give a crap about my Avatar, and B)Constantly change my Avatar's appearance, why should I put down miney for this? Also, wouldn't there be problems for people wearing licensed stuff? Wouldn't an Avatar dressed in Dead Space and Mountain Dew gear need to pay a few royalties first?
  • Darth Olds - March 5, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    Grammar Nazi time he-he. "not to mention far less inexpensive." So in other words you just said that the Zune is more expensive than an iPod. As far as this idea goes it sounds stupid to me but I can't fault the companies for trying to make money.
  • Kethmach - March 5, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    I like my Avatar just fine... but I change him all the time. Like... daily sometimes. I've spent a LOT of money on customizing my dude... so picking ONE version to place on my wall or an etching or ANYTHING is just dumb. For me. I'm one of many millions, but this feature would be useless and quickly outdated for me in less than a week.
  • PhantomDave - March 5, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    Carter Pewterschmidt-"Hey Bill, can you help me program my Zune? Oh wait, I got an iPod like the rest of the world!"
  • jmcgrotty - March 5, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    Let me preface this with two things: - This is the stupidest idea in a long time. Don't think me taking the time to look is some sort of endorsement. - I admit I might just be missing something on the site, so forgive me if this is way off... Looking at the Zune page, it seems that they only come when you order a new player, not putting it on your existing unit. So, GoulxScout13, the $170 price is the cost of a Zune 16. Then, if you want the avatar, it is coming up as an additional $25 for the design (At least if I used the avatar from some guy with the account name Smith). So, I guess technically speaking, the lowest cost for a customized Zune is $195, and there is no individual price ($20 or otherwise) for just the design. Again, I could be wrong. Just my impression from the site.
  • GhoulxScout13 - March 5, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    Firstly, the Zune decal design is 20.00 and I know this because I just checked because the price you listed seemed to absurd to be true. Secondly, for those whom are complaining about the Zune HD to begin with; for people who want to use there MP3 player, to I don't know, actually listen to music as opposed to wasting money on dozens of apps that you'll use once, the Zune is the far better choice, not to mention far less inexpensive.
  • linksawakening - March 5, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    So pretty much spending 170 to have this engraved on your zune is stupid enough. But having a zune in the first place makes you a dumbass.
  • linksawakening - March 5, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    HAHAHA who even has a zune in the first place?
  • Rubberducky - March 5, 2011 3:27 a.m.

    Attention everyone! Why pay $60 for a figurine when for only $50 I'll punch you in the face? Act now and I'll punch you in the face twice for only $70. Thats a savings of over $30! And for only $20 more I'll punch a loved one in their face too! Hurry before all my face punches are gone!
  • thecelticmandolin - March 5, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    If you buy one of these, you don't deserve to have money
  • chrisat928 - March 5, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    People are stupid.

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