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Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: Avatar Gear

People spend money on many things.  I’m no stranger to the lure of good style, but what about style for your digital you?

Have you spent real world money on decking out your online persona?

I won’t restrict this to just Xbox Live or PSN avatars – consider this question for any digital-only personification.  The key here is whether you’ve spent real money for something purely digital.  Is it any different than DLC or digital distribution?

ChaCha.com’s response: “Why spend real money on something that isn’t real? Of course if you have extra money that you can spend and don’t mind it, then its up to you.” – Very well said.


A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • I have never spent money on any of my avatars and never will. Nice response ChaCha, but even if you have a disposable income I still don’t understand why you would purchase clothes or accessories for your an avatar.

  • Junkie

    I think buying that stuff is a waste. That being said I did purchase the Gears 3 Carmine shirt, mainly because the proceeds went to a charity.

    • That is a good point Junkie as the proceeds went to Child’s Play charity and raised $150,000 for the cause. Nice choice and helping out a great cause!

  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    I’ve bought 3 things so far. My first purchase was a Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey, 2nd a Dragon Age t-shirt when it was on sale for 50 cents, 3rd the Carmine Lives t-shirt for charity.

    I have one friend who has easily spent $100 on avatar gear. He buys all kinds of crap for his avatar.

  • I have come close to purchasing something a couple of times, but each time I do I remind myself that, 5 years from now, I will have nothing to show for it.

    Of course, I’ve had the 360 for 6 years now, so I guess I made a liar of myself, but I stand by my principles…

    Wait… I can buy a rock band drum set for my avatar….?

  • I have bought a few things, but the way I see it is it’s a way to support your favourite brands.

    I wouldn’t buy branded clothing for my avatar(that’s just silly) but a Toy Story t-shirt or a Masss Effect cap it worth a couple pennies if it encourages publishers that a franchise has some value.