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

This past week, my avatar on Xbox Live has been busy.  He’s seen a few new props come his way (A Halo Banshee and a Kinect sensor!) which he was happy to start playing with, and while I was very stoked to show this off, I realized that in games that feature my avatar, the props are nowhere to be found; only clothing comes across in the customization.  I had to come to grips with the fact that while the props are really awesome and interactive, from a shared perspective, only those people who view my avatar from the dashboard will ever see him play.  It got me thinking..

What do you consider to be more valuable for your avatar: a prop or clothing?

I always considered props to be better, but having played Full House Poker a lot lately, I now appreciate that having cool customized clothing is far more unique than any prop.  And since Xbox Live is supposed to be a social experience, I would have to consider clothing more valuable.  If games ever incorporated props into their games, my opinion would instantly change.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to cook on a grill while playing poker, right?

The community offered a few responses to this week’s question, and they seem to be split down the middle:

@PeteRoamsAround: Generally prop. But I’d love to get a Dishwasher samurai hat. #PNASQ

@Ind1fference: clothing #pnasq

@hanniespice: prop! I love my lightsaber. However, I think my avatar is all around cool. #pnasq

@odd_dimensions: Clothing by far, excepting avatar t-shirts which are LAZY and BAD. #pnasq

Thanks to those that responded this week.  Keep an eye out in #PNASQ on Monday when I’ll pose next week’s question.  Want to sound off?  Vote above, and comment below!

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week on Monday,  I’ll  ask a question on Twitter at #PNASQ. Give a response and let the world know what you think; there is no right or wrong answer here. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • I prefer clothing because it shows online. If you have a Windows phone it shows most props so that’s cool. Where did you get a Kinect sensor?

  • I’ve been asked this question a few times 🙂 .. I got it for being part of the Xbox Community Xperts Beta. So.. yeah.. collector item I guess 🙂

  • is there an “I can’t stand avatars” option?