July 29th 2010 1:11 pm PT

Will Carmine live or Die? His fate is now in your hands


As announced last week, you now have a chance to decide the fate of Gears of War 3 character Clayton Carmine.
Head over to the Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace and register your vote by purchasing your choice of shirts:


Decide the fate of Carmine T-Shirts





He’s the last one…he can’t die! SAVE CARMINE (Male) (Female)




Screw it…he’s outta here: CARMINE MUST DIE (Male) (Female)









The proceeds from the sales of the Save Carmine and Carmine Must Die avatar gear will go to Child’s Play, so cast your vote, donate to charity, and have your say in the future of the oldest member of the Carmine Clan.


Gears of War By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • I DLord I

    @ Everyone complaining about having to buy the shirt

    Its for charity people, a good one.

    Save Carmine, just look at the dude.


  • JoJoStarFire

    I am getting a Carmine must live T-shirt, because it’s messed up the way his brothers died in the other one. If this Carmine dies, let him be tagged with a grenade, then take out like 20 Locust. I tried to do that in the game alot. But he looks tough and looks like he can handle himself. Imagine if Marcus, Carmine, and Dom are the only ones that live. I haven’t read the Novels… so I am lost. Yup, Yup.

  • chiruno99

    Child’s Play is one of the best charities in existance. A pox on all of you complaining to buy the shirts to cst a vote. Some of you people really are heartless bastards.

    I personally want him to live because he’s 100% more badass than the two put together and that would seem a perfect waste of character if his fate is decided to die. .Carmine died the stupid way and B.Carmine died but C.Carmine can live own Kelleh. Afterall atleast one Carmine can grow up to be a Success and not die a Failure, and atleast if the vote is against mine, the charity will have more funds to help those in need. It’s a win win situation.

  • Kroesis

    I’ll be choosing one at random. I’m not in the slightest bit interested in GoW but since the proceeds go to charity and I have a spare 80mp kicking about that I’m not keeping for anything, I might as well.

  • Rob Machete

    Shame there isn’t a vote to kill off Marcus – I think he’s the least likable character in Gears 2.

  • chiruno99

    You can buy the Child’s Play T-shirt and still donate to the charity without deciding in the vote.

  • AriesDog

    @Whetzel. Well, did you donate money to Child’s Play? See, the reason why charities host fancy dinners or organize marathons is that it spurs people into action. We should all just give money to good causes but we don’t unless prodded. It’s human nature. Would thousands have been donated to Child’s Play in the middle of summer otherwise? No. So hats off to Epic and Microsoft for raising money in a fun way that leaves an impact on a major game.

    As for the hate thing. Step away from the keyboard. Turn off the Xbox. Take a deep breath. Go outside. Hey look, the sun! Pet the neighbor’s cat. It’s just part of the system that you ignore if it doesn’t interest you.


    This is called milking the fans.

    Just put up a poll on XBOX Live/Dashbard to vote if Carmine should Live or Die.
    The T-shirts should be given away for free & you just wear the one you support.

    80MSP isn’t a lot of money, but I really hate the way the industry is going.
    There will be more & more milking in the future.

  • sleepydumbdude

    I had 80 points left over. I voted for him to die.

  • Whetzel

    @AriesDog No, I have not donated. Not sure if I will or not, but you need to know that I’m not criticizing people for doing so. I’m simply stating that I don’t want to contribute to avatars in any way, shape, or form.

    I tend to hold grudges for a long time and I’m still pissed at Microsoft for forcing avatars on us. I know that some people love them, and that’s fine, but I absolutely hate them and all I ever wanted, from day one, is the option to opt completely out of using/seeing them. And I know all of the usual responses, “just make the game auto start”, or “you should be playing games instead of staring at the dashboard”, but that doesn’t change the fact that they were in fact forced on all of us.

    So to sum it up, my gripe wasn’t about people giving money to charity, it’s about me not wanting to contribute to avatars.

    Props to people who do donate though.

  • Kroesis

    I figured as much but since I was getting something for my avatar and on the waning hopes that Microsoft gives them the online exposure they could so easily do (they made a start with 1vs100 but now what?) I thought I’d get one I wouldn’t mind having my avatar wear.
    “Save Carmine” doesn’t have the impact as “Carmine Must Die” and the latter’s statement works no matter which way the final decision goes.
    Anyway, as I said, I had a spare 80mp left and it’s going to a good cause. Sorry Carmine, my online vanity dictates you must die!

  • ELiiTe SH0T x

    Voted for Save Carmine ;)

  • Blue Thunder28


    LOL damn those charities milking money out of everyone!!


    Carmine must live, I’ll be purchasing that shirt when I get some Microsoft Points.

  • EveofLight

    I am going against Cliff who wants him to die and I will choose to save Carmine, but if he dies he better go down epically.
    I know the Cliff followers will chose him to die, psshhh >.>

  • Quaranj

    The missus just bought the “Must Die” shirt because she hates the way the NPCs in the previous games always get in the line of fire. I am on the fence since I vowed to never support anything Epic ever did again after my tech-support fiasco with them. (Was completely like the Monty Python argument sketch.) I think I’ll just go make a donation instead, so that it doesn’t come from them. *I* wont be buying GoW3, and if you care whether your DLC code actually comes in that lavish LE that you bought specifically for some piece of content, neither will you.

  • Clippins

    Got my Save Carmine shirt!

  • NeoXDonut

    Carmine must die!

  • Doh Ray Egon

    So there’s no “I’m indifferent to Carmine’s existence” shirt?

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    There is an “indifferent” shirt…it’s the 3rd shirt when you pull up the GOW3 Avatar page. Two are for voting, the third is the same price (80ms pts…$1, or the price of 1/3 of a starbucks, 1/2 a gallon of gas, or a 20oz soda), and has the charity logo on it. Like others have said, this is a great event, it brings exposure to a charity a lot of people don’t know about, it gives the fans a say in a characters fate…AND ITS A DOLLAR! I know there are some cheap SOBs out there, but come on. If you don’t want to help out or vote, or think MS is skimming profits off the proceeds, then don’t buy it, but don’t knock the people who are contributing and helping out. Do some volunteer work at one of these hospitals, with these kids, then come back and tell me you have something better to spend your dollar on.

  • Lavindathar

    Save Carmine!

  • ninshua

    You have to pay to vote? Stupid crap…

  • HYpKrOniC DuDe

    The Carmine family is to Gears, as Kenny is to South Park….Kill That SOB!!!!

  • HYpKrOniC DuDe

    W4RLORD…how do you let someone who is dead…live???

  • Pappy 247

    This news is as good as hunting boar….better even!!!!

  • Killanon

    Save Carmine! :)

  • Hugoku

    Carmine Must Diet!

    But it has to be a glorious death. It has to be really epic to make up for Anthony’s stupid death, and Ben’s really tragic (and gruesome) one.

  • SeeUInTheFuture

    Kill the bastard!