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A right to bear virtual arms? Xbox Live removing guns from Avatar Marketplace
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A right to bear virtual arms? Xbox Live removing guns from Avatar Marketplace

A right to bear virtual arms? Xbox Live removing guns from Avatar Marketplace

Observe-up: Why Microsoft is keeping virtual guns away from Xbox Live avatars

Appears like there’s no such factor as a Second Modification on the planet of virtual items.

A new coverage taking impact Jan. 1 will take away “gun-like” objects from Microsoft’s Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace, the online store the place avid gamers can purchase objects to gown up and decorate their avatars, in accordance to a forum post by a community manager for Epic Games, the corporate behind the blockbuster Gears of Conflict franchise for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console.

Virtual weapons affected by the brand new coverage embody the Gears of Conflict Lancer, the mixture chainsaw/assault rifle being brandished by my Xbox Live avatar within the accompanying image.

The coverage applies to equipment for the avatars that characterize Xbox Live customers, not to video games themselves. In accordance to the Epic discussion board submit, Xbox Live customers can be in a position to maintain any of the virtual objects bought earlier than the coverage goes into impact.

No cause was given for the change. Basically, nonetheless, Microsoft is attempting to increase the Xbox 360’s viewers even because it continues to enchantment to hard-core avid gamers, which generally is a tough stability to strike. Avatars characterize customers throughout the Xbox Live system, elevating the likelihood {that a} youthful or extra family-oriented person of the console would possibly encounter an avatar holding a weapon from a Mature-rated sport.

We’ve  reached out to Microsoft for affirmation of the information and additional particulars, and we’ll replace this submit relying on what we hear again.

By way of Kotaku.

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