Rare Will Rebuild The Xbox 360 Avatar, It Has The Technology

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Microsoft's hands-free controller, Kinect, is the reason you'll see more lifelike avatars possibly as early as this November when the hardware hits.

In a brief chat, Rare told OXM digital that it will engineer a redesign of the Xbox 360 avatar. It's an overhaul that will make the cartoon-inspired avatar a more human, more proportional digital recreation for Kinect-supported games. The current avatar design doesn't work well with the device, as the goofy proportions of the avatars tend to cause havoc on the hand-to-eye coordination front. 
 


There's no solid word on when the redesign will happen, but there's little doubt a dashboard update is coming when Kinect hits later this year. That would theoretically be the perfect time to revamp the avatar in preparation for all the zany, avatar-centric mini-game collections sure to be flooding the market soon after.     
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Microsoft's hands-free controller, Kinect, is the reason you'll see more lifelike avatars possibly as early as this November when the hardware hits.

In a brief chat, Rare told OXM digital that it will engineer a redesign of the Xbox 360 avatar. It's an overhaul that will make the cartoon-inspired avatar a more human, more proportional digital recreation for Kinect-supported games. The current avatar design doesn't work well with the device, as the goofy proportions of the avatars tend to cause havoc on the hand-to-eye coordination front. 
 


There's no solid word on when the redesign will happen, but there's little doubt a dashboard update is coming when Kinect hits later this year. That would theoretically be the perfect time to revamp the avatar in preparation for all the zany, avatar-centric mini-game collections sure to be flooding the market soon after.     
#2 Edited by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

This is news.

#3 Posted by Akeldama (4238 posts) -

This is news?

#4 Edited by Arker101 (1474 posts) -

@Akeldama:
Because Avatar games are going to be awesome, of course

#5 Posted by CyleMoore (492 posts) -

Sorry Rare, but you suck now.

#6 Posted by Raven10 (1721 posts) -

Personally I like my avatar. Also, will we lose all our clothes/avatar rewards when this happens? That would suck.

#7 Posted by CylonAndrew (108 posts) -

My hippie...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
 
Atleast i did not buy anything!
 
=D

#8 Posted by Mowgers (378 posts) -

As soon as I read the article's subtitle, I knew this was a Brad Nicholson news story.
 
That is all.

#9 Posted by Landon (4130 posts) -

Nintendo won't update their avatars, Microsoft wants me to pay ridiculous prices for new clothes that I can't even change the color on. Gee, these were a great idea.

#10 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5374 posts) -

Cool! I am interested in seeing what the new Avatars will look like. I also wonder how much they have to do to make the clothing and such that people have bought work properly; I guess it depends on how much they actually change.

#11 Posted by Cube (4366 posts) -

Thanks Kotaku.

#12 Posted by Djeffers03 (2545 posts) -

Hopefully I can still keep my sombrero wearing Joker.

#13 Posted by MrMiyagi (929 posts) -

Thanks, Kotaku! 
 
...Er.

#14 Posted by JarenFace (205 posts) -

I'm probably one of the few fans of the avatars. They're neat, plus every now and then you get some "free" items to use (way more games need avatar awards). 
 
I wonder if they'll sort of resemble the imported avatars in Guitar Hero 5? Sure they had big heads still, but body wise they seemed more normal.

#15 Posted by MrMiyagi (929 posts) -
@Cube: I hate you. :(
#16 Posted by TooWalrus (13135 posts) -

Super.

#17 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

If they add a muscle slider, all you'll see is going to be a bunch of buffed up men.

#18 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

As long as they all don't stand so weird its a win.

#19 Posted by TobyD81 (1227 posts) -

I hope they don't wind up looking too much like PS Home avatars. I'd like to keep things on the cartoony side.

#20 Posted by WhatTheDang (117 posts) -

See what happened because none of you bought Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts?
 
Rare was put in Microsoft's bitch seat. 

#21 Posted by JosephBarron (137 posts) -

This is going to piss off a lot of people if they don't also redesign clothes and other items so that they fit the new models. I wouldn't be at all surprised if all that old content just becomes useless.

#22 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Brad Nicholson haters need to shut the hell up already..you are all annoying. He does a fine job. Stop crying when he posts news that are video game related..

#23 Posted by MisterMouse (3540 posts) -

interesting... wonder how it will look

#24 Posted by Atom (193 posts) -

Never change, avatar. 

#25 Posted by Karn (690 posts) -

Kessler is gone, let's go kill Nicholson now.
 
You all should be ashamed.

#26 Posted by StriderNo9 (1078 posts) -

Ugh, I liked the Avatars, they were a well done middle ground from Wiis and Sony's things.

#27 Posted by Sadisticham (278 posts) -
@CL60:  I don't think they hate him. I think they hate these kotaku articles that are posted several hours later.
#28 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

Cool.
 
Its a bit sad that Microsoft has been using Rare for these mundane tasks however. Talk about wasted potential.

#29 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -

I go to the gym 3 times a day after I'm done browsing Kotaku. 

#30 Edited by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Sadisticham said:

" @CL60:  I don't think they hate him. I think they hate these kotaku articles that are posted several hours later. "

Who cares? I don't visit Kotaku, I don't visit any other gaming site. I still want news. So GiantBomb giving me news is a good thing. So stop complaining about something pointless. The people who constantly hate on Brad Nicholson (for doing his job) are just incredibly annoying. This a a website about video games, and you're crying about video game news being posted. Get the hell over it.
#31 Posted by PhilESkyline (772 posts) -

I just want them to get rid of that sissy stance. 
 

#32 Posted by MKHavoc (1306 posts) -

I guess this means no more bam, there it is.

#33 Posted by coaxmetal (1577 posts) -

Dear people who are hating on this because evidently Kotaku posted it first: 
 
I don't read Kotaku. Lots of people don't read Kotaku. But we still like video game news. And we read GiantBomb.com. So posting news on a video game website is fine, that's what it's about after all. You don't get upset when multiple newspapers cover the same events, do you? 

#34 Posted by Haze (368 posts) -

Microsoft are lurching around like a blind many armed giant trying to patch leaks in a giant metaphorical ship that isn't even sinking. Avatars! Camera! Weird back of head adverts! Different camera! Redesign Avatars because they don't work with different camera!  
 
What the heck are they going to try if Kinect fails?

#35 Posted by ch3burashka (5004 posts) -
@MKHavoc said:
" I guess this means no more bam, there it is. "
Bam, there it was...
#36 Posted by Sadisticham (278 posts) -
@CL60 said:
" @Sadisticham said:

" @CL60:  I don't think they hate him. I think they hate these kotaku articles that are posted several hours later. "

Who cares? I don't visit Kotaku, I don't visit any other gaming site. I still want news. So GiantBomb giving me news is a good thing. So stop complaining about something pointless. The people who constantly hate on Brad Nicholson (for doing his job) are just incredibly annoying. This a a website about video games, and you're crying about video game news being posted. Get the hell over it. "
Few things:
1) It's either news or it's pointless. Which is it?
2) I'm not complaining. I was pointing out a fact.
3) I'm not crying.
 
Simply making an observation.
#37 Edited by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Sadisticham said:

" @CL60 said:

" @Sadisticham said:

" @CL60:  I don't think they hate him. I think they hate these kotaku articles that are posted several hours later. "

Who cares? I don't visit Kotaku, I don't visit any other gaming site. I still want news. So GiantBomb giving me news is a good thing. So stop complaining about something pointless. The people who constantly hate on Brad Nicholson (for doing his job) are just incredibly annoying. This a a website about video games, and you're crying about video game news being posted. Get the hell over it. "
Few things: 1) It's either news or it's pointless. Which is it? 2) I'm not complaining. I was pointing out a fact. 3) I'm not crying.   Simply making an observation. "
Umm, I wasn't talking to you specifically. I was referring to the people who constantly cry about Brad Nicholsons news stories. And your first point doesn't even make any sense.
#38 Posted by Sadisticham (278 posts) -
@CL60:  I think i love you.
#39 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Sadisticham said:
" @CL60:  I think i love you. "
Okay?
#40 Posted by Sadisticham (278 posts) -
@CL60:  That's it?
 
I declare my love for you. In front of potentially thousands of users all scratching at the door to read this article on avatars and all you have to say is okay? Are you not going to ask me out for a romantic meal? A moon lit walk even?
#41 Posted by Brackynews (4045 posts) -
@Haze said:
"What the heck are they going to try if Kinect fails? "
The Xbox 720.
But if it does work, they get another 3+ years of product cycle out of a machine with only 512 megs of RAM.  That's planning for the future my friend.
#42 Posted by Stealthmaster86 (629 posts) -
@CH3BURASHKA:  I thought it was Whoop, There it is?
Online
#43 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Somebody needs to grow up.

#44 Posted by FireBurger (1479 posts) -

People, shut the fuck up already about the news stories. You people do realize that the core guys tell him to write these stories, right? He's doing exactly what they want and tell him to do. Or do you think he's just gone rogue and churning out "shitty" content for fun, totally unbeknown to the guys?
 
Holy shit, news! Make it stop! Grow up and pull your snobby "this is below GiantBomb" heads out of your asses.

#45 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@FireBurger said:
" People, shut the fuck up already about the news stories. You people do realize that the core guys tell him to write these stories, right? He's doing exactly what they want and tell him to do. Or do you think he's just gone rogue and churning out "shitty" content for fun, totally unbeknown to the guys?  Holy shit, news! Make it stop! Grow up and pull your snobby "this is below GiantBomb" heads out of your asses. "
This. I've been saying this ever since people started complaining about his news stories. It's getting ridiculous.
#46 Posted by Seraphim84 (405 posts) -

I hope they have some sorta import-like feature that can just take your current avatar and map it to the new system.  I'd rather not have to remake my fella if I can help it.

#47 Posted by tehsxe (13 posts) -
@WhatTheDang:  Ha.
#48 Posted by Ace829 (2083 posts) -
@CL60 said:
" @FireBurger said:
" People, shut the fuck up already about the news stories. You people do realize that the core guys tell him to write these stories, right? He's doing exactly what they want and tell him to do. Or do you think he's just gone rogue and churning out "shitty" content for fun, totally unbeknown to the guys?  Holy shit, news! Make it stop! Grow up and pull your snobby "this is below GiantBomb" heads out of your asses. "
This. I've been saying this ever since people started complaining about his news stories. It's getting ridiculous. "
QFT
#49 Edited by hagridore (500 posts) -
A lot of you guys need to get over the fact that there can be light news. And Giant Bomb can't assume you visit 6 other gaming blogs and are very concerned about seeing the same content. 
 
I am capable of skimming over light news. Why is this article so intolerable?
#50 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4909 posts) -

Avatars are redundant, personally i can't stand them. Whats worse than Avatars is the fact that by each news post regarding RARE, the chances of getting a KI3 is diminishing post, by post.

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