Is this what Xbox's realistic avatars will look like?

My online Avatar is a close as I could get it to looking like my real self. I'm actually quite fond of him. Mini-me plays a virtual guitar, wears ear-rings and gothy T-shirts, and has been known to sport a Left 4 Dead 2 health pack because we succeeded at that game. Here we are, side by side.I wasn't sure you'd be able to tell which was which, so I've captioned them for you:

Just to demonstrate how 'super-deformed' current avatars are, I've changed my real proportions to look like my avatar. This is why people can't relate to their on-screen self - they're having to imagine their body looks like this:

It's a little strange-looking, I'm sure you'll agree. So, as Rare said, the answer is to change the avatars' proportions to closer resemble real people's limbs. Are you ready for this? Don't say I didn't warn you - it's scary as hell.

Don't worry, he only waits under your bed and watches you sleep. Bear in mind, this is only an artist's impression of what Xbox avatars 2.0 might look like, but you can see why they didn't take this route the first time. Ugh.Just look at it. I know what you're thinking - that's one heck of a long neck. Well, maybe I was standing up straight for the photo, but as you can see, that's only like the real me. And you know what they say - long neck...

...scary avatar.

20 Aug, 2010

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.