The Worst of Xbox Live's Avatar Marketplace


"Now, I'm going to admit - I'm diametrically opposed to buying Avatar items. However, I can understand the appeal, and given the right pricing structure, it'll probably be a huge success. I'm still not going to purchase anything, but it isn't being forced on me - no harm no foul.

But then again, there are some items on the Marketplace that are simply asking too much, regardless of your stance on the Avatar Marketplace."

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Alcon Caper3337d ago

diametrically opposed = He would prefer if MS would pay HIM to get avatar clothing. Who are the dbags that write this stuff??

Anyway, if it's not being forced on him then why is he complaining? Because of the price? There's no basis for comparison. $4 is too much. Ok, what would be more reasonable? $3.50? $2.75?

If people wanna buy this stuff, then let them, but don't judge price based on what you FEEL is the value. I'm sure they have R&D Analysts at MS that can do it better.

IdleLeeSiuLung3337d ago (Edited 3337d ago )

Although I think the pricing is high, as far as I know it is the same as PS Home. Furthermore, as the article states you do NOT have to buy anything.

Finally, as it is XBL/PSN games for the most part are bargains in terms of what you get. Because it doesn't come in a shiny box and media, the price of the games are a fraction of retail releases. Look at it this way, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom will retail $50, but both SSFIIT HD Remix and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 are $15. Zach and Wiki was at release at least $40, but The Secret of Monkey Island complete with redone graphics and music is a mere $15.

Downloadable games are dirt cheap compared to their retail brethren.

So to get to my point, if PSN and XBL started raising their prices people start to complain. Why not raise it in advance and protect the prices from inflation now....

I'm not for higher prices, but from a business perspective it might just make sense especially if you know some people will buy it anyhow. In the long run you have much more pricing flexibility, after all you can always discount the items. Who wouldn't want to save?

Bnet3433337d ago (Edited 3337d ago )

I got the preview update two days ago and once I checked out the avatar marketplace myself I immediately predicted this would hit N4G. Not surprising. I know, it sucks that these items cost money. So what should you do? Simple. Don't buy them. Don't even go to the avatar marketplace. It's a business and yes, people will buy these. I know, it's sad, but some people make money enough to not care about dollar or two. Let's move on.

GiantEnemyCrab3337d ago (Edited 3337d ago )

I admit I did buy some Halo shorts and the Halo RC.

I hate avatars and since I am forced to look at him I will do anything to make it look less lame.

Yes, I am part of the problem and I don't plan on buying anything else except maybe the Gears armor. I only want to make this thing look and act less like the stock fruity avatar.


dannyhinote_133337d ago

The Halo shorts is fine...the RC though...for shame! :P

Reibooi3337d ago

I think the Avatar stuff is a rip off. This stuff should be like 25 to 50 cents maybe a dollar at MOST. You can buy DLC for games for that amount.

Xi3337d ago (Edited 3337d ago )

I won't be buying junk for my avatar, just like I didn't on my home character or my second life avatar.

The only thing I'd ever pay for would be to import my own personal custom items, and even then I'd never pay more then $2.50 for it.

However, I'm excited to see how they implement the awards section.

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