Microsoft intros cross-game rewards program for XBLA

Avatar Famestars will allow players to earn rewards for their avatars by completing various challenges; program to launch with this week's release of Wreckateer on XBLA.

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Microsoft has announced the introduction of a new rewards program for Xbox Live Arcade called Avatar Famestars.

Bling out your Xbox Live avatar.

The program will allow players to earn rewards for their avatars and accumulate "Famestar points" by completing challenges across multiple XBLA titles.

According to Microsoft, the Avatar Famestars program will include weekly and onetime challenges, and provide players with avatar rewards such as new outfits and items. Players will be able to carry these rewards over from one game to the next.

Avatar Famestars will launch this week with the release of Iron Galaxy's Wreckateer, part of Microsoft's Summer or Arcade annual promotion.

The avatar rewards program will also be added to Full House Poker and A World of Keflings, as well as upcoming titles including Fire Pro Wrestling, Homerun Stars, and Avatar Motocross Madness.

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Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

I hate how cheap Microsoft is. I also hate Kinect.

shadowdoggg
shadowdoggg

So not actually getting Microsoft points...  cheap ass microsoft

obsequies
obsequies

what's next..farmville?  eesh

darksiED70
darksiED70

360 is getting gheyer by the minute. Bling your avatar? Famestar? wtf.

lilflex1
lilflex1

if a king of keflings challenge needs multiple in game players its gonna be rough

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

hmmm that might as well just stick to avatar award locked away in a game like they have already been doing.

isshiah
isshiah

more mini games is what i've always wanted.*cough*

jayd02
jayd02

I still can't believe people buy this crap.

suplax
suplax

Hmm... someone care to explain what is the point on this ?

Useless stuff much ?

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

And will be available just for a limited time. Just like 1 Vs. 100. ;)

SolidTy
SolidTy

Never going to partake, have fun for those that want to play virtua barbie.

ziproy
ziproy

So glad they finally added something like this....in the last year of their console....

moyshirow
moyshirow

None of the games that i have :( nor do i care to buy.

TheMudora
TheMudora

I hope this does not overthrow the current "Avatar Awards." I actually like free swag just for playing a game, not for this crap.

theKSMM
theKSMM

In all the cases I know of people having avatar add-ons (new clothes, a pet, a lightsaber, etc) it's because their accounts didn't have enough to buy a full game.  So for example, after you've bought a card and then some games or DLC, you end up with 80 points left over and just get a hat.

 

I'm hard-pressed to imagine that anybody is gonna play games just so they can get some new avatar swag though.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

None of the 3 main consoles really utilize the avatars to an engaging point. To complain about the Xbox 360 avatars is to complain about them all really.

 

At the very least I'm glad Xbox is attempting to expand (even if ever so very slightly) the usefulness of the avatar.  It is nice to use your avatar in a lot of XBLA/Indie games though, such as Kingdom of Kieflings (and World of Kieflings), etc.

 

I don't know why people bother complaining, it's not like they are being forced to complete the famestart challenges, it's just another option!

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

They should have something like gaiaonline or PShome for the avatars, then more people might actually care about outfits and accessories.

Scarab83
Scarab83

I don't personally feel the need for my avatar to do jackshit. It's an avatar.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

pass and dont care if i did want something for my Ava i all ready got it this is just Microsofts way of saying buy our new games we want your $$$$$$$$$$

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Avatars are just about the most pointlessly intrusive features ever added to the 360.

 

If not for Kinect, they'd easily be the number one worst thing to happen to the 360...  well...  third at least if you count RROD.

DrKill09
DrKill09

So... you guys ever gonna get rid of those RIDICULOUS Mii Knockoffs?

 

Seriously.  Bring back the classic blades dash.  Much cooler.

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

Wait wait, wait,WAIT!! Fire Pro is coming out for the 360? Why the hell isn't THAT the headline news?! I'm squeeing over here.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

Wheres the games ? i think we should be asking microsoft, like we should ask the top 1% who got all those tax breaks wheres the jobs ? 

grateful77
grateful77

who would buy a game for avatar nonsense?  here's a thought...for all consoles...cut the gimmicks and give us quality games. 

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

What's the point really? with the stupid Metro UI the avatars are mostly invisible now so why should I care about this???

 

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

But we can already unlock avatar items by playing games...

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Will I be able to hack my avatar to bits in Dark Souls?  I hate that stupid thing.

Legend002
Legend002

Th ekbawk is the greatest console ever created!

tehtimeisnow
tehtimeisnow

suonds good its yet anoter amazeing thing the xobx can do the that the ps3 is uncapeble of doing cuz its a steeming pile of garbege

TedSheckler
TedSheckler

Hey kids! Do you ever say to yourself: "Gee, I'd really like some cool new duds for my avatar, but who has the money to blow on something so ludicrous and stupid?" Well, you're in luck, because by the time you've tried to win those items from playing these God-Awful games, paying for them will seem like the most practical decision you've ever made!

 

Ripping off the Nintendo Wii avatars was bad enough, but the fact that these things still serve no real purpose and feature in 0 decent games is embarrassing. I will be very surprised if there's any good reason to buy the next generation X-box, other than the handful of exclusive titles--like Halo and GoW--that most people are sick of by now anyway.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

 @jtthegame316As much as I loved avatar awards in games, it was such a lost cause since barely any games took advantage of it! What a waste...

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @Scarab83 LMAO....well played, good sir. You've given a moody chick her best laugh for today. XD

Jamessuperfun
Jamessuperfun

 @maximumbarmage I like Kinect. I don't play it that often- I prefer Battlefield 3 and Skyrim- but its cool to have and keeps me in shape.

Don't like it, don't buy it. That's my motto.

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

 @DrKill09 One thing I've always wondered, is it still a knockoff if they made it better? Because Mii's are total crap.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

 @CyhortI82 Yeah, it's been up in the air for awhile now. Really hoping we see it soon, and the mention of it in this article is definitley good news. The hell with an Xbox avatar, I'm still creating dudes on the PS2 game that came out over here. :D

KumaTenshi29
KumaTenshi29

 @tehtimeisnow Much like your spelling skills there, good lord -.- PS3 really doesn't need stupid gimmicks like this, this is terrible.

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @TedSheckler The Wii was the only console to make good use of avatars, mainly because they were baked in from the beginning and not added as a competitive afterthought.  I do think the avatars are used well in some of the Kinect games (like Kinect Adventures, for instance) but I'm well aware that most people on this site wouldn't consider that a "good" game.

 

But yeah, if my avatar gets some cool new shades for something I was already doing, that's great.  But no way am I gonna start playing particular games just to get some new avatar swag.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

I was with you until you said "0 decent games". Xbox Arcade has some very good games, if you take into account that they are mini games (kinda), and are cheap by comparison. Minecraft, Walking Dead, I Am Alive, Peggle, Worms, Poker, HD versions of Monkey Island, Castle Crashers ... I'd gladly re-play those games to get some extra rewards, as they are all very good games for their low price.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

 @TedSheckler To be fair, I'd argue Nintendo's miis don't serve any purpose or feature in any decent games either.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

 @jtthegame316 But that was only because Mirco$oft wanted these game companies to have all their game avatar crap in the marketplace instead of in the game, that way Micro$oft gets a few extra dollars in their pockets off of idiots who are stupid enough to pay for avatar clothes in the first place.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

 @CyhortI82 "is it still a knockoff if they made it better"

Yes.

 

Oh, and it's not better.  The application of Miis in 3DS features has been streets ahead of anything MS have done with their knock offs.

DragonRift
DragonRift

 @Dragon_Nexus Thank God I'm not the only one who thinks this.  Nintendo's Miis are about as goofy looking as those Lego Duplo block people for really little kids to play with.

 

At least the Avatars actually look like people, and have more appealing features.  It's pretty sad that the Wii U isn't even upgrading their looks.  :|

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

 @maximumbarmage who cares why do ppl like you bother to keep saying crap like this yes its a sort of knockoff just like the ps move and lots of other stuff and look at the wii u thats a knockoff of the i pads so spare us all

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Intentional spelling mistakes to make xbox players look bad. I've seen those posts before.