Microsoft releases Mister Chief avatar for Xbox

"You have my profound apologies," says creator Frank O'Connor.

Microsoft has released Xbox Avatar outfits for Mister Chief, the long-running but entirely unofficial mascot of the Halo series.

Originally drawn up as a joke by 343 Industries franchise development director (then Bungie.net content monkey) Frank O'Connor in 2004, the character was a crudely drawn knock-off of Master Chief holding a lightsaber. Mister Chief was an instant hit with the Bungie.net community, and has appeared numerous times since his original creation.

Explaining the creation of the character on Xbox Wire, O'Connor said "I was in a bind. I had lots of things to write about 'Halo 2,' but nothing to show. So I simply 'mocked up' a 'screenshot' featuring the non-union, off-brand, off-kilter alter-ego of Master Chief, imaginatively named 'Mister Chief.'"

"Because it was so terrible, there was nothing that PR could do to stop it. PR is often trying to stop me from doing various things. They have no patience for antics or capers, and no budget to reverse shenanigans. He is carrying a light saber because those are easy to draw, compared with guns, for example."

"Mister Chief is a terrible idea that snowballed out of control," adds O'Connor, "and now we’re stuck with it, like the internal combustion engine or Justin Bieber. I don’t secretly think he’s awesome, nor do I secretly think that Mister Chief has any actual artistic or canonical merit. He is the bastard child of a more desperate time. You know the expression 'outsider art?' Whereby art is created from an unexpected place, like an elephant with a paintbrush. A French artist, Jean Dubuffet, coined the term to describe paintings made by children and the inmates of insane asylums. Well, that’s exactly what Mister Chief is."

The Mister Chief Xbox Avatar is available for $2.99 in both male and female variants.

"You have my profound apologies," concludes O'Connor.

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53 comments
Iason Skullsaber
Iason Skullsaber

Wow, the look of it says everything I think about XBOX consoles these days.....Like a 7 year old created it.... It is pretty dumb is what I'm trying to say right here....Really dumb in fact....what CEO's kid obviously in 2nd grade drew that?

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Playstation fans trying to say x1 don't have exclusive need to stop ignoring whar is stating them in the face. Dead rising 3' ryse' crimson dragon' d4' quantum break and killer instict are all x1 exclusives and thats not even all of them. Plus ms have more studios than ever working on exculsives so to people saying to they have no exclusives are people choosing to ignore them just because they are not playstation exclusives

Stinger78
Stinger78

It looks like a drawing a 3-year-old might do of TMNT's Michelangelo.

Simon Corbett Bsc
Simon Corbett Bsc

So lazy work is officially now worth paying for? wtf has the world come to. -_-

Manas Gupta
Manas Gupta

wow such advanced technology, I'll quit PC gaming for sure now.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

I remember people using this as their profile pics on the Bungie forum back in the Halo 2 days. Good times.

jophy
jophy

im glad xb is releasing anything and everything except for exclusive games

Ayebang
Ayebang

Did anyone hear about xb 1 will run win 8.1 software ?

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Mister Chief is a prety cool guy, he kill aliens and he doesn't afraid of anything.

phbz
phbz

First time I saw this "iconic" character. 

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

For a moment, I thought "Mister Chief" was a typo.

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

One of the few times where I'd pay for something avatar related. 

surfacegeek
surfacegeek

This is concrete proof and irrefutable evidence of Sony's superiority

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

Incredibly fascinating story! I can't wait to hear more about mister chef! He's the black chef on South Park, right? :D

Cronyk
Cronyk

Wow, at first I wanted to applaud them for having some humor about their IP, but his apologies and such are pathetic. Have some fucking modesty, Master Chief isnt a god. 

Chris_Watters
Chris_Watters moderator staff

I love the description of the armor from the official Xbox listing: 

"Download this affront to aesthetics, graphics and game design, birthed in the wet darkness of a month without screenshots! Bask in the poorly conceived armor and badly drawn silhouette of Halo’s off-canon community pseudo-mascot. Nobody will accept official responsibility for this monstrosity. And thus, nobody can stop it from happening."

theteaface
theteaface

I didn't even know there was Bieber Avatar!  *Gold account renewed*

raev92
raev92

"Mister Chief is a terrible idea... and now we’re stuck with it, like Justin Bieber. I don’t secretly think... he has any actual artistic or canonical merit. He is the bastard child of a more desperate time."

I love you Frank!!! JAJAJAJA!!!

RicanV
RicanV moderator

All I got from this is that MS found a way to sell garbage for $2.99.

Riddick123
Riddick123

*yawn....waits for actual troll article.

Chaz456
Chaz456

I am still waiting for awhite to troll this story. I am a bit shocked he has yet to do this.

Frosty192
Frosty192

$2.99 for an avatar picture?

eziniti
eziniti

@Cronyk So...you're sure it's them without the sense of humor, right?  Yeah?

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Sony fanboys: no sense of humor since 2007

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@RicanV You could have waited till we have sales/download numbers.
If its remains at 0 numbers,MS didnt found a way to sell garbage :)

Riddick123
Riddick123

@kingcrimson24 Nothing else to post on.

Cronyk
Cronyk

@eziniti @Cronyk "I don’t secretly think he’s awesome, nor do I secretly think that Mister Chief has any actual artistic or canonical merit." this sentence definitely makes it seem this way. But then again they are releasing it as an avatar, so its kinda hard to tell exactly what theyre thinking...   

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@surfacegeek @Shadowdanc3r  Pot, kettle, surface.  Pot, kettle.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@surfacegeek @Shadowdanc3r  A musical instrument, a pun on the word "pickle," and a green, Namekian warrior who's been parodied on the net.  <sigh> Now I feel like a nerd.  :(

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Cronyk @eziniti He also hints that he walked into a meeting without work done and instead brought that. I think that not only is that bold but it's pretty funny too.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

How convenient, that's the same price as the formerly-free Playstation online!

When I see an Xbot I'll be sure to tell him the good news