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Your Avatar can’t have sex: Microsoft unveils new XNA rules June 22, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live.
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Dont worry - the only thing this Avatar is high on is life.

Don't worry - the only thing this Avatar is high on is life.

A person’s Xbox Live Avatar is something unique to them: a virtual representation of one’s personal desires, aspirations — and even dreams (as expressed through various clothes and hairstyles.)

Your avatar can do anything you can do. That is, anything that you can do that doesn’t include sex, drugs, or violence.

Earlier this month, Microsoft released a set of rules that Xbox Live Indie Games creators have to abide by when creating a game that features Avatars.

Obscene gestures, bodily fluids, and criminal acts are all forbidden, understandably; but Microsoft has also banned other, stranger things like an avatar talking, wearing alternate clothing or having its proportions modified.

Gore is prohibited – but Avatars can be subjected to cartoon or sports-related violence, and can even die (temporarily). If that isn’t disturbing, I don’t know what is.

For the full list of regulated acts, hit the jump.



XNA releases Obama beat-em-up June 11, 2009

Posted by Santiago Azpurua-Borras in Games, Xbox 360, Xbox Live.
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Lets face it, XNA games are less that spectacular. While there have been exceptions (Machiavelli’s Ascent)  this game surely takes the cake.

Angry Barry is a slick-looking slide scrolling game has you in the role of the first African-American President beating people up, picking up park benches to be used as weapons, and killing enemies to obtain their votes.

A part of me really wants to be kidding about this whole thing.

Its on the marketplace right now for 400 MS points.