“Gun-like” Avatar Items Being Removed From Xbox Live Marketplace

Jessica Weimar
December 23rd, 2011

Look how happy my avatar looks with the “Golden Hammerburst”

Do you enjoy the weapons that your avatar on Xbox has?  Bet you feel like a badass when someone pulls up your gamertag and sees your avatar wielding an iconic weapon.  More recently, the Lancer and Hammerburst guns have been popular amongst both fans of Gears of War 3 and those that are fans of awesome looking guns.

Due to a change in policy regarding “gun-like” items on the avatar marketplace, these items will no longer be allowed unless you had already bought them.  This all comes from a forum post by a community manager of Epic Games, that indicated that players should “get them while they’re hot”.  So, the details aren’t completely clear here, and they’ll surely be completely revealed at some point.  It would seem a little unfair if some avatars could display them, and some couldn’t due to a technicality regarding when you bought them.  Perhaps they will not be visible to anyone but the person owning them?

All of this kicks off January 1st, 2012, or “the day your avatars got a lot lamer”.  What’s next?  Swords and lightsabers?  These things tend to not happen unless something had happened to change the rules, so we all have to wonder what that was.


[Source: Epic Games]



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Jessica is clearly a fan of video games, or she wouldn't be writing for this site. She attends college and like most other staff on the site, has a day job that she despises. She spends most of her free time playing games with her boyfriend.

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  • darn i really liked a lot of those, does this mean we will get a lot more dumb down icons and avatars? like stupid kids stuff or whatever?

    • We can only hope it doesn’t mean that.  There are a lot of silly items on the avatar marketplace already, those of which already outnumber the amount of “violence” themed ones.  I think the last straw would be removing swords and armor.  When that happens, we all need to worry and it definitely means XBL is going in the direction of Wii’s “Miis” (even more so than the mere concept of them was doing in the first place).