January 3rd 2011 10:55 am PT

Deal of the week: The New You


It’s a New Year, which means it’s time to give your Xbox LIVE Avatar a make over. This week, Xbox LIVE Gold members can save on the following Avatar items:


Item Normally This Week Savings

Doctor Outfit (male/female)

240 120 50%
Police Officer #2 (male/female) 240 120 50%
Band Hero Mic w/Stand Prop 240 120 50%
Black Tuxeedo (m) 240 120 50%
Valentine Wedding Dress (f) 240 120 50%
The Executioner Outfit -AC Brotherhood (male/female) 400 240 40%
International Collection – Kilt (m) 160 80 50%
International Collection – Flamenco Dress (f) 160 80 50%
Spring – Bunny Outfit (male/female) 240 120 50%



These prices will be available for Xbox LIVE Gold members until Monday January 10th


Deal By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Rick Dias PK

    Don’t want it, won’t buy it. Pretty simple. I will voice my complaints to the company involved however, since we pay a premium fee for membership and this is now one of the perks of that membership (which I suppose in theory helps soften the blow of the increased membership costs). Therefore: This offer is terrible. It’s as if microsoft views us only as statistics to exploit in the most cynical ways possible, rather than as valued customers. I feel insulted by this offer, and I hope it is not an example of things to come.

  • peejam

    after the amazing deals over at Steam, Microsoft wants to do even better and announces… deals on virtual c***!

    …continue, continue, M$ is doing a heck of a job!

  • SkyyPlum

    I’m actually surprised Major poster this deal of the week, if I had the same job they would have give me a huge raise and big perks for me to post deals like this. I’ll be honest I don’t like a lot of the deals of the week because they seem to always be for games that have been out for awhile but this deal tops all for worst deal of the week, hands down.

  • ZybaMan

    Oh snap! I gotta get Gold membership back asap!

  • Av0cad0

    Wow, finally something that (almost) everyone agrees on.

  • Yukon Cornelius

    A pretty sad week, but head to CheapAssGamer’s DOTW thread (http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283304), where you’ll see BF:BC2, Burnout Paradise, and Dante’s Inferno DLC has been on sale for a couple of weeks now. PSN says they’re temporarily on sale, but the confusing pricing for Burnout’s DLC of some individual cars for the same price as bundles (or smaller bundles same price as more-encompassing bundles) makes me think it’s not permanent … yet.

  • PriusGuy2004

    I would like to echo many of the complaints about this week’s so-called “deal”. I am perfectly fine waiting to unlock avatar items in-game rather than paying precious MS points for avatar clothes. This is truly a disappointing DotW, and I would have thought MS would have started out the new year with more of a “BANG”, but I guess “BANG” now stands for “Buy Apparel, Not Games”. Very disappointed, MS. True story. :-(

  • BulldogK9

    Worst. Deal. Ever.

  • DiatomicMaster

    Hahaha. Anyone who spends the equivalent of one cent on virtual clothing for their avatar needs to have their head examined. You’re taking your money and just tossing it into the gutter. What a sad, total waste of time. There better be some good deals on the way after this embarrassment.


    See what you did Major? The twenty-five ingrates that post here on a weekly basis, now think they are owed a deal on something they all want and don’t already have. You will NEVER win with this bunch. STOP THE DEAL OF THE WEEK!!!STOP THE DEAL OF THE WEEK!!!STOP THE DEAL OF THE WEEK!!!STOP THE DEAL OF THE WEEK!!!STOP THE DEAL OF THE WEEK!!!STOP THE DEAL OF THE WEEK!!!STOP THE DEAL OF THE WEEK!!!

  • I DLord I

    See what Major? The one dude who never says anything relevant now thinks he is owed some attention. And I think the only one trying to “win” at the internet is you, and you’re not going to.

  • N0NEoftheAB0VE


  • RuairiAU

    I can’t believe this nonsense is still going on. Enough with the Avatar props and clothing – WE DONT WANT IT. Stop trying to nickel & dime us.

    As I’ve said for years, themes, gamerpics and all the avatar nonsense are of no value; it should all be part of the achievement system.

  • Blue Thunder28

    After spending so little for so much over at Steam, coming here and seeing this made me chuckle a bit.

    I’m not angry or anything though, there’s no reason to be.. These deals aren’t obligatory at all the fact they exist is a miracle enough, just maybe next week will be something more worthwhile to more people.

  • tylerh1701

    @noneoftheabove – Agreed!!! Boooourns!!!

    @Priusguy2004 – BANG = Buy Apparel, Not Games = Hilarious!!!

  • Korahn 27

    aside from Garrus’ scouter (only had about 80 points at the time), I only wear avatar awards, or freebie items.

  • DePetri

    How about an option to disable avatars completely? I would actually pay for that.

  • Miss All Sunday

    Game related avatar items should be awarded for buying/playing the game. The rest should be free to gold members.

  • Wuggle1

    Good to see that Micro$oft have kept Scrooge in charge of the DoTW even though xmas is done with for another year… And wow, they’ve excelled this week. I do hope Major Nelson reads all this consistently negative feedback and actually takes some of it onboard… Although they must have a good laugh at any idiot who is actually buying this nonsense. Talk about money for nothing!

  • Jay ITFC

    DOTW should always be arcade games and/or DLC. As well as this an avatar and/or gamerpic freebie should be included each week for gold members. Will never happen though…

  • Korahn 27

    I’m not saying Microsoft should give out free items/gamerpics/themes, or whatever (although they do currently cost more than they should). I just think that if you have a deal, it should be a deal on something people actually want.

  • Cyrax PT

    Weird, the Microsoft Super Awesome Defense Force only sent one tool! Were are the others? The evil Ingrats Team cannot get away with this!!!

  • Exu

    On a lighter note, I’d like to say thanks to the Xbox Live team for actually getting the deals out the door earlier over the past few weeks, and for Major Nelson being far more prompt to post them. Sure, not all the deals have been to our tastes but at least we’ve known about them much more quickly lately.

  • IIII Bobby IIII

    PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX is not avaliable in Mexico, PSN have it for all countries when are we going to get PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX in Mexico when, we need it please

  • MartyPG13

    @DePetri – As would I. They are particularly annoying since the UK’s Sky TV streaming service software upgraded, very intrusive indeed.

  • sk00ks

    @Cyrax PT When people come out and defend the weekly deals, they’re not defending Microsoft, they’re generally telling the whiners to shut up because you get thirty people all wanting something different and they moan and moan and moan. We didn’t used to get so many deals so often, maybe they’re not always to everyone’s tastes, maybe they’re still not at a price you’re willing to pay, but at least we do get deals. Crappy deals may happen sometimes on arcade games or DLC but at least that’s generally in the area of what people expect from weekly deals and discounts; none of us bought an Xbox so we could dress up virtual dolls, and that is why no one has stuck up for the deal.

  • Cyrax PT

    Some of them, Skooks, some of them… the others are just the “local” loyal fanboys, it doesn’t if it’s about the weekly deals, the kinect, the price increase of XBL, etc, some complain about MS, the alarm goes off and they come here at full speed…
    Besides, why can’t some people complain? Does it involve you*? No! They have the right to show their opinion about MS relate subject in a place where Microsoft can have some feedback (in this case, MN Blog)! Will it change something? Maybe not, but it’s not for you* to decide…
    *(you = the people that defend weekly deals)

  • tylerh1701

    @cyrax – The same could be said about the reverse. Why can’t some people defend Microsoft and the weekly deal? Does it involve you? No.

  • Cyrax PT

    Lol, are you serious? It’s not the same, they’re just attacking those who are complaining… Does it envolve me? YES!!!! They’re attacking my freedom of expression!
    Want to praise Microsoft and the weekly deal? Go ahead… See anyone attacking those? No. Now, how about those who are just coming with the retarded comments like “spoiled brats” or “whinning”? See the diference? What’s the reasoning beyond that?


    @Cyrax PT

    Beggars can’t be choosers. Period

  • Grumbledock

    Another wonderful deal of the week, I feel sorry for anyone who actually buys the stuff when they can get over 30h quality gameplay over at indie games at 80Ms Points as comparison.
    I also feel sorry for those who feel this strange need to “protect and save” MS from people voicing their opinions, another reason why Ps3 is such a good deal.

    Free themes, games, avatar stuff and such every day of the week, and more added monthly, at least they seem to care about their gaming customers :P
    Venom Madness, I respect your opinion but your blind faith in MS and need to defend their every deal feels a bit fanatic (see religion), they’re pretty awful deals compared to any other company, even Nintendo, and as long as we let them get away with bad deals they will continue. Complain, suggest improvement and we may get something new and better, or we just sit here tight mouthed and see these avatar stuff along with fusion frenzy at 33% of the rest of the year too :P

  • a1984darkboy

    You know, I enjoy the Avatars and the whole idea, but the items are way to expensive, they should all only be 80 pts at most. Plus, if it’s gonna be Avatar items, make them cool ones, not a variety selection of career uniforms.

  • Oatmeal25

    Last week I bought full PC games for less than the cost of a digital Tuxedo on Steam.