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.


July 29th 2010 at 1:11 pm | Avatar Marketplace, Gears of War | 78 comments

July 19th 2010, 12:58 pm PT

Deal of the Week: Assassin’s Creed II Add-Ons + Avatars


Xbox LIVE Gold Members can grab the following Assassin’s Creed II Add-Ons and Avatar gear for a special discounted price this week only:


Assassin’s Creed II Add-Ons + Avatars Original Price Gold Member Price Savings
Sequence 13 : Bonfire of the Vanities & Secret Locations 560 400 29%
Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities 320 240 25%
Sequence 12: Battle of Forli 320 240 25%
Da Vinci’s Flying Machine 240 160 33%
Guard Armor 400 240 40%

July 19th 2010 at 12:58 pm | Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Game Add-on | 38 comments

June 21st 2010, 1:00 pm PT

Deal of the Week: Sports


This weeks Xbox LIVE Deal of the week is 7 different deals centered around sports and are now available for Xbox LIVE Gold members:

FIFA 10 Ultimate Game Mode, 240 Points
Madden NFL Arcade, 800 Points
NBA 2K10 Draft Combine, 240 Points
Football Genius, 400 Points
Sensible World of Soccer, 400 Points
Soccer ball Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, 80 Points
MLB Stickball, 400 Points


June 21st 2010 at 1:00 pm | Arcade, Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Marketplace | 14 comments

May 24th 2010, 9:16 pm PT

Deal of the Week: Avatar Games and Gear


This weeks Deal of The Week is actually multiple deals designed to give your Xbox LIVE Avatar more fun. The following deals are available for Xbox LIVE Gold members.

The below Xbox LIVE Arcade games all support Xbox LIVE Avatars and are each 50% off:

Lazy Raiders

Band of Bugs

Madballs Babo: Invasion

PLUS, the Xbox LIVE Indy Game Avatar Wave Snowball Fight is 67% off


Lazy Raiders® Band of Bugs MadBalls in… Babo: Invasion© 


Need something to keep your Avatar busy? The below props are on sale:


Three Arcade games, one Indy games and three props are specially priced for Xbox LIVE Gold Members for this week only. Here is the complete list showing the savings:



Normal Price

DOTW Price


Lazy Raiders 800 400 50%
Band of Bugs 800 400 50%
Madballs Babo: Invasion 800 400 50%
Snake Prop 240 160 33%
Pom Poms Prop 160 80 50%
Basketball Prop 160 80 50%
Avatar Wave Snowball Fight 240 80 67%



May 24th 2010 at 9:16 pm | Arcade, Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Marketplace | 30 comments

March 22nd 2010, 11:06 pm PT

Free Bing T-Shirt for your avatar


Bing shirt avatar

What do you get when members of the Xbox LIVE team hang out with members of the Bing team?  Good ideas…that’s what.  The next time your open your browser, swing over to Bing and and when you enter the magic search term, you’ll end up with the results of your search…PLUS a very special gift for your Xbox LIVE Avatar from the two teams. Grab it while you can, not sure how long it will be around.

Note: You’ll need to sign into the US version of Bing to see the gift.



March 22nd 2010 at 11:06 pm | Avatar Marketplace | 76 comments

January 12th 2010, 5:00 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Marketplace release schedule


To help your with your planning, I am happy to share with you with a release schedule for the next couple of weeks for some of the regular Xbox LIVE Marketplace features.*


Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week:

January 18th: Mass Effect’s Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station, 240 Microsoft Points each.

January 18th: Hasbro Family Game Night: Battleship, 400 Microsoft Points.

January 25th: Portal: Still Alive, 800 Microsoft Points.

Xbox LIVE Games on Demand:

January 12th: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

January 26th: Dead Rising


Xbox LIVE Arcade:

January 13th: Serious Sam: The First Encounter HD, 1200 Microsoft Points

January 20th: Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment, 1200 Microsoft Points

January 20th: Death by Cube, 800 Microsoft Points

Xbox Avatars Marketplace:

January 14th: Burton gear and Darksiders outfits.

January 21st: International attire , MX vs. ATV, and University style outfits


Starting today, the following Games on Demand are now available for a lower price:

BioShock, Saints Row, MX vs. ATV Untamed, Prey and Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution.


If all goes well, I should be able to share a schedule like this with you on a bimonthly basis.


Plus, this Friday January 15 from 12n ET/9am PT through Monday January 18 at 12n ET/ 9am PT, Xbox LIVE Silver members can enjoy on Xbox 360 for free.


*Current schedule, subject to change

Edit: The lower prices are not applicable to all regions. The Burton content is currently delayed.


January 12th 2010 at 5:00 pm | Arcade, Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 127 comments

December 10th 2009, 3:00 pm PT

December Marketplace release schedule and a special Holiday Deal program


We’ve got a lot of stuff coming up this month. I am happy to share the latest schedule for the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week, Xbox LIVE Arcade and Games on Demand and more.


Xbox LIVE Deal of the week*
Week of December 14:

Lips: Coldplay Track Pack for 240 Microsoft Points

Pinball FX (Japan) for  400 Microsoft Points
December 21 through December 27:
Shadow Complex for 800 points 
Week of December 28:

The Maw for 400 Microsoft Points


Here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks for Xbox LIVE Arcade:

December 16: Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1) for 800 Microsoft Points
December 23: Trials HD BIG PACK! for 400 points


Games on Demand:

December 15: Viva Piñata: Party Animals
December 22: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition and Devil May Cry 4
December 29: Gears of War


And of course, it’s Holiday Time…so we’ve got some special stuff lined up for you as well, starting with today’s release of Holiday items and tokidoki gear to the Avatar Marketplace. On December 24th, we’ll be releasing Disney Classic items to the Avatar Marketplace.


Finally, starting December 18th and continuing through the 31st we’ll be having a new Xbox LIVE Holiday Deal every single day. We’re not posting that schedule in advance so you’ll need to check back each day to see what the offer is. You can find out what each deal is by signing into Xbox LIVE and checking the dashboard. Plus each day, I’ll post the Holiday Daily deal to my Twitter account so you may want follow me so you can find out what the deal is even if you are not in front of your console. 

Edit: Here is the official press release

*May vary by region

December 10th 2009 at 3:00 pm | Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 92 comments

December 2nd 2009, 12:05 pm PT

Yes, you can haz Pony


4151058475_0936d934da_m[1] We’ve just announced that Pets are coming to the Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace. Tomorrow, the first shipment arrives and you’ll be able to choose from the following Pets at 240 points each:


Large Dog, Pug Dog, Dog in Bag, Cat, Siamese Cat, Long Haired Cat, Goldfish, Guinea Pig, Monkey, Bird, Snake and yes….a Pony.


I’ve uploaded a few examples to my Flickr site, but look for these new additions tomorrow on the Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace.









Edit: Added link to press release

December 2nd 2009 at 12:05 pm | Avatar Marketplace | 121 comments

October 15th 2009, 6:55 pm PT

What are the top NFL teams among Xbox LIVE Members?


Last week, NFL Jerseys for your Xbox 360 Avatar went up on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Now that they’ve been on sale for a week, I pulled the sales data for the past seven days to see what the top teams are (according to sales) among our Xbox LIVE Members:


1. Pittsburgh Steelers

2. N.E. Patriots

3. Dallas Cowboys

4. Philadelphia Eagles

5. NY Giants

6. Chicago Bears

7. Minnesota Vikings

8. San Francisco 49ers

9. Green Bay Packers

10. Denver Broncos


This list represents the combined sale of both Male and Female avatar Jerseys



October 15th 2009 at 6:55 pm | Avatar Marketplace | 61 comments

October 8th 2009, 11:03 am PT

Avatar Items: NFL Jerseys

(American) Football fans, you can now show your team colors with the Official NFL Jerseys that are now available for your Xbox LIVE Avatar.


October 8th 2009 at 11:03 am | Avatar Marketplace | 142 comments