The Gaming Update Avatar Awards Guide

The Gaming Update Avatar Awards Guide

  • By: CM Boots-Faubert
  • Posted 23rd Jun 2011

Back in 2009 the elfs at Xbox Live began testing the Avatar Awards program, and after evidence of that testing leaked to the Live service, fessed up, after which we learned about the Awards program, and how, like the Achievements system, it would serve to add content to our gaming experience in the form of special bits of clothing, costume, and accessories for our avatars that we would unlock from games for free.

At the time we thought that was rather cool, in fact it would be fair to say that we were rather looking forward to it. With visions of the uber T-Shirts that our avatars would sport, we anxiously awaited its launch -- and like many of the relationships that we have with people who really our not interested in us as individuals -- it started out good and ended up dying with a whimper.

If the Avatar Marketplace had not ballooned into the hot market that it is for Avatar Goods -- or if Microsoft had put some teeth into the program the way that they did with Achievements, and required the game studios to include a minimum number per game -- well, things might have worked out differently and there may have been more Awards in more games. Alas this was not to be the case -- but take heart gamers! There may not be a huge influx of new Awards coming with each new game, but we are seeing the program slowly pick up!

Lots of Awards!

The awards are either triggered by an existing Achievement in a game, or are granted for accomplishing specific tasks in the game that are not necessarily Achievement-related, and have included things like Jun's Helmet from Halo, a Gas Mask from the World War I game Toy Soldiers, a logo T-Shirt from Red Dead Redemption, and Cartmen's hat from the Southpark game just to name a few.

Unlocking them usually means doing something specific -- and here is our guide to that process, with as complete a list as we could manage. If you know about a game we missed, please let us know so we can add it in!

There have been some pretty cool awards -- and the games that have them include:

-- A World of Keflings (XBLA)
(1) A Baby Dragon -- Make friends with the baby dragon released from an egg in the Ice Kingdom.

(2) Winged Hat of the Kefkimo -- Talk to the Chief at the great Hall in the Ice Kingdom.

-- After Burner Climax (XBLA)
(1) After Burner T-Shirt (Male) -- Unlock all EX Options.

(2) After Burner T-Shirt (Female) -- Unlock all EX Options.

(3) After Burner Headgear -- Complete the Medal Collection.

-- Alan Wake
(1) Jacket and Scarf (Male) -- Install commentary from the collector's edition bonus disc.

(2) Jacket and Scarf (Female) -- Install commentary from the collector's edition bonus disc.

-- Alien Breed 2: Assault (XBLA)
(1) Barne's Helmet -- Kill 50 Aliens in Single Player.

(2) Body Armor T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete all Single Player Levels 1-5.

(3) Body Armor T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete all Single Player Levels 1-5.

-- Alien Breed 2: Descent (XBLA)
(1) Space Helmet (Unisex) -- Fire the Project X Weapon

(2) Space Suit (Unisex) -- Complete the Space Walk on Elite Difficulty.


-- Ancients of Ooga (XBLA)
(1) Healer's Mask -- Offered by the Healer for rewarding your sacrifice.

(2) Fireling's Mask -- Revive the Ancient One after completing all Levels.

-- Aqua (XBLA)
(1) Commander's Hat (Unisex) -- Beat the game.

(2) Empyrean Uniform (Unisex) -- Complete the Prologue Level.

-- Block Party 2010 **
(1) Grill Prop -- See Footnote.

-- Blur
(01) Female Wreck Tee -- Wreck your first opponent.

(02) Make Wreck Tee -- Wreck your first opponent.

(03) Female Stick Tee -- Complete the Sticker Book.

(04) Male Stick Tee -- Complete the Sticker Book.

(05) Female Legend Tee -- Unlock first Multi-Player Legend Rank.

(06) Male Legend Tee -- Unlock first Multi-Player Legend Rank.

(07) Female Friend Rechallenge Tee -- Beat a Friend's Rechallenge Time.

(08) Male Friend Rechallenge Tee -- Beat a Friend's Rechallenge Time.

(09) Female Showdown Tee -- Beat the Game in Single-Player Mode.

(10) Male Showdown Tee -- Beat the Game in Single-Player Mode.

-- Carnival Games (Kinect)
(1) Barker Bowler -- Purchase Barker Bowler Prize.

(2) Barker's Best -- Purchase Barker's Best Prize.

(3) Monkey Barker (Prop) -- Purchase Monkey Barker Prize.

-- Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley (XBLA)
(1) Gerda T-shirt (Female) -- Complete Level 1.

(2) Star T-shirt (Male) -- Complete Level 1.

(3) Captain Smiley Giant Head (Unisex) -- Complete the Game.

-- Costume Quest (XBLA)
(1) Pumpkin Pail (Prop) -- Awarded for Starting a New Game.

(2) Pumpkin Helmet (Unisex) -- Awarded for Completing the Game.

-- Crackdown 2
(01) PVP Agent Helm -- Buy the Deluge Add-On DLC.

(02) Green Agent Helm -- Buy the Toy Box Add-On DLC.

(03) Freak Slippers (Male) -- Unlock the "First Hurdle" Achievement.

(04) Freak Slippers (Female) -- Unlock the "First Hurdle" Achievement.

(05) Green Agent Suit (Male) -- Complete "Fly Swat" (Toy Box Add-On Only).

(06) Green Agent Suit (Female) -- Complete "Fly Swat" (Toy Box Add-On Only).

(07) PVP Agent Suit (Male) -- Complete "15 Minutes Of Maim" (Deluge Add-on Only).

(08) PVP Agent Suit (Female) -- Complete "15 Minutes Of Maim" (Deluge Add-on Only).

(09) Agency Hoodie (Male) -- Unlock the "Jack of all Trades" Achievement.

(10) Agency Hoodie (Female) -- Unlock the "Jack of all Trades" Achievement.

(11) Level 1 Agent Suit (Male) -- Unlock the "Light Bringer" Achievement.

(12) Level 1 Agent Suit (Female) -- Unlock the "Light Bringer" Achievement.

(13) Orb Shirt (Male) -- Unlock the "First Blood" Achievement.

(14) Orb Shirt (Female) -- Unlock the "First Blood" Achievement.

(15) Ruffian Hat -- Unlock the "Hope Springs Savior" Achievement.


-- Crazy Taxi (XBLA)
(1) Vintage Crazy Taxi Tee (Male) -- Play Crazy Taxi for 5 Hours.

(2) Vintage Crazy Taxi Tee (Female) -- Play Crazy Taxi for 5 Hours.

(3) Axel's Hawaiian Shirt (Male) -- Play Crazy Taxi for 10 Hours.

(4) Gena's Leopard Print Tank (Female) -- Play Crazy Taxi for 10 Hours.

-- Dance Paradise (Kinect)
(01) Hot Sunglasses (Female) -- Complete all Level 2 songs.

(02) Shutter Shades (Male) -- Complete all Level 2 songs.

(03) Pink Stetson (Female) -- Complete all Level 3 songs.

(04) Wool Cap (Male) -- Complete all Level 3 songs.

(05) Ankle Boots (Female) -- Complete all Level 4 songs.

(06) Silver Sneakers (Male) -- Complete all Level 4 songs.

(07) Cool Top (Female) -- Complete all Level 5 songs.

(08) Dance T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete all Level 5 songs.

(09) Queen Of Dance Suit (Female) -- Complete all Level 6 songs.

(10) King Of Dance Suit (Male) -- Complete all Level 6 songs.

-- Darwinia+ (XBLA)
(1) Squaddie T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete the single-player campaign.

(2) Squaddie T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete the single-player campaign.

(3) Red Darwinian T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete a multi-player match.

(4) Red Darwinian T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete a multi-player match.

-- Dead Block (XBLA)
(1) Dead Block Tee (Male) -- Complete all Single-Player Levels.

(2) Dead Block Tee (Female) -- Complete all Single-Player Levels.

(3) Construction Worker Helmet (Unisex) -- Collect the Helmet in the Tutorial Level.

-- Dead to Rights: Retribution
(01) GAC Helmet (Male) -- 30 Head-Shots on any Level, Officer Difficulty or Higher.

(02) GAC Helmet (Female) -- 30 Head-Shots on any Level, Officer Difficulty or Higher.

(03) GAC Armor (Male) -- Complete the game on Officer Difficulty.

(04) GAC Armor (Female) -- Complete the game on Officer Difficulty.

(05) Logo T-Shirt (Male) -- Unlock the "Protect the Innocent" Achievement.

(06) Logo T-Shirt (Female) -- Unlock the "Protect the Innocent" Achievement.

(07) GCPD Shirt (Male) -- Complete any level without firing a shot.

(08) GCPD Shirt (Female) -- Complete any level without firing a shot.

(09) Jack and Shadow Shirt (Male) -- Combine Jack and Shadow to kill 20 enemies on any level.

(10) Jack and Shadow Shirt (Female) -- Combine Jack and Shadow to kill 20 enemies on any level.

-- Deadliest Warrior: The Game (XBLA)
(1) Samurai Kikou (Unisex) -- Complete arcade mode with any warrior on any difficulty level.

(2) Samurai Kabuto With Somen (Unisex) -- Complete arcade mode as each warrior on the Deadliest difficulty.

(3) Coat Of A Thousand Nails (Unisex) -- Complete arcade mode with a new warrior on any difficulty level. ***

(4) Rajput Helmet (Unisex) -- Complete arcade mode with each new warrior on the Deadliest difficulty. ***


-- Deathspank (XBLA)
(1) Dragon Hatchling (Prop) -- Complete quest to save dragon hatchlings.

(2) Unicorn Poop T-Shirt (Male) -- Kill the twin dragons guarding the artifact.

(3) Unicorn Poop T-Shirt (Female) -- Kill the twin dragons guarding the artifact.

-- DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (XBLA)
(1) DeathSpank Libre Tee (Male) -- Complete the first quest.

(2) DeathSpank Libre Tee (Female) -- Complete the first quest.

-- Deca Sports Freedom (Kinect)
(1) Special Wear (Male) -- Get a 20-hit rally in tennis.

(2) Special Wear (Female) -- Get a 20-hit rally in tennis.

(3) Hashisuke T-Shirt (Male) -- Shout "HUDSON!" while in the Locker Room.

(4) Hashisuke T-Shirt (Female) -- Shout "HUDSON!" while in the Locker Room.

(5) Black Tee (Male) -- Enter sudden death in any sport.

(6) Black Tee (Fenale) -- Enter sudden death in any sport.

-- Destination: Arcade
(1) White Hoodie (Male) -- Install and Run the game.

(2) White Hoodie (Female) -- Install and Run the game.

(3) Purple Dragon (Prop) -- Play any game.

-- Dirt 3
(1) Racing Suit -- Complete Season 1.

(2) Racing Helmet -- Complete Season 2.

(3) Racing Shoes -- Complete Fan Level 12.

(4) Racing Gloves -- Complete Fan Level 24.

-- Doom 2 (XBLA)
(1) Doom II T-Shirt (Male) -- Install Full Game.

(2) Doom II T-Shirt (Female) -- Install Full Game.

(3) Marine Suit (Male) -- Complete the Level "No Rest For The Living".

(4) Marine Suit (Female) -- Complete the Level "No Rest For The Living".

-- Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project (XBLA)
(1) Duke Nukem Logo T-Shirt (Male) -- Save one babe.

(2) Duke Nukem Logo T-Shirt (Female) -- Save one babe.

(3) Jetpack (Prop) -- Complete the game.

-- Earthworm Jim HD (XBLA)
(1) Earthworm Jim Groovy T-Shirt (Male) -- Beat the secondary boss of New Beurk City to unlock.

(2) Earthworm Jim Groovy T-Shirt (Female) -- Beat the secondary boss of New Beurk City to unlock.

(3) Earthwork Jim Suit (Unisex) -- Finish one of the three bonus levels to unlock.

-- Fable III
(1) Crown -- Become the Ruler of Albion.

(2) Royal Shirt (Male) -- Win the Support of Bowerstone.

(3) Royal Shirt (Female) -- Win the Support of Bowerstone.

(4) Royal Trousers (Male) -- Win the Support of the Swift Brigade.

(5) Royal Trousers (Female) -- Win the Support of the Swift Brigade.

(6) Royal Boots (Male) -- Win the Support of the Dwellers.

(7) Royal Boots (Female) -- Win the Support of the Dwellers.

-- Fantastic Pets (Kinect)
(1) Fantastic T-Shirt (Male) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 2.

(2) Fantastic T-Shirt (Female) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 2.

(3) Fierce Hat (Male) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 3.

(4) Cute Hat (Female) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 3.

(5) Fantastic Gloves (Male) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 4.

(6) Fantastic Gloves (Female) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 4.

(7) Fantastic Shoes (Male) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 5.

(8) Fantastic Shoes (Female) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 5.

(9) Fantastic Pet (Prop) -- Reach Fantastic Pet trainer rank 6.

-- Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
(1) Soundgarden Shirt (Female) -- Play "Black Rain" in CBGB's in Quest.

(2) Soundgarden Shirt (Male) -- Play "Black Rain" in CBGB's in Quest.

(3) Demigod Helmet (Female) -- Free the Demigod of Rock (Quest).

(4) Demigod Helmet (Male) -- Free the Demigod of Rock (Quest).

(5) Legendary Guitar -- Regain the Legendary Guitar (Quest).

(6) Guitar Hero Shirt (Female) -- Play one song (Quest, Quickplay+).

(7) Guitar Hero Shirt (Male) -- Play one song (Quest, Quickplay+).

(8) Johnny Jacket (Male) -- Earn 1500 Stars in Quickplay+.

(9) Johnny Jacket (Female) -- Earn 1500 Stars in Quickplay+.

-- From Dust (XBLA)
(1) The Tribal Mask -- Unlock the complete version of "From Dust".

-- Full House Poker (XBLA)
(1) Hoodie (Unisex) -- First Level Up.

(2) Bulldog Helmet (Unisex) -- Reach Level 50.

-- Half Minute Hero (XBLA)
(1) Brace Vest (Unisex) -- Cleared 1 quest after Quest 3 in 30 seconds.

(2) Liar Tee (Unisex) -- Cleared 10 quests after Quest 3 in 30 seconds.

-- Halo 3: ODST
(x) See Halo: Waypoint

-- Halo Reach Beta
(x) See Halo: Waypoint


-- Halo Reach
(1) Carter's Helmet -- Clear a campaign mission on Legendary without dying.

(2) Emile's Helmet -- Earn a Bulltrue medal in either multiplayer or Firefight Matchmaking.

(3) Jorge's Helmet -- Earn a Killtacular in multiplayer Matchmaking.

(4) Jun's Helmet -- Kill 100 enemies in a row without dying in either the Campaign or Firefight.

(5) Kat's Helmet -- Avenge a teammate's death in multiplayer Matchmaking.

-- Halo Waypoint*
(01) Halo Reach Beta Shirt (Male) -- Participate in the Halo: Reach Beta.

(02) Halo Reach Beta Shirt (Female) -- Participate in the Halo: Reach Beta.

(03) ODST Helmet (Male) -- Complete the campaign on Normal.

(04) ODST Helmet (Female) -- Complete the campaign on Normal.

(05) ODST Black T-Shirt (Male) -- Accessed and downloaded the city map to your VISR.

(06) ODST Black T-Shirt (Female) -- Accessed and downloaded the city map to your VISR.

(07) ODST Hoodie (Male) -- Killed 5 enemies while using VISR.

(08) ODST Hoodie (Female) -- Killed 5 enemies while using VISR.

(09) Halo Waypoint Monitor -- Install and Join Waypoint.

(10) Recon Helmet (Male) -- Unlock ODST's "Vidmaster Endure" Achievement.

(11) ODST Dare Helmet (Female) -- Unlock ODST's "Vidmaster Endure" Achievement.

(12) ODST Armor (Male) -- Unlock ODST's "Good Samaritan" Achievement.

(13) ODST Armor (Female) -- Unlock ODST's "Good Samaritan" Achievement.

(14) Halo Spartan EVA Helmet (Male) -- Achieve Waypoint Career Level 50.

(15) Halo Spartan EVA Helmet (Female) -- Achieve Waypoint Career Level 50.

-- Hydro Thunder Hurricane (XBLA)
(1) Hydro Thunder Hurricane T-Shirt (Male) -- Earn 800 Credits.

(2) Hydro Thunder Hurricane T-Shirt (Female) -- Earn 800 Credits.

(3) Razorback Toy Boat (Prop) -- Earn 18,500 Credits.

-- Hydrophobia (XBLA)
(1) Mavi Tablet (Prop) -- Complete Act I.

(2) Queen Of The World T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete Act II.

(3) Queen Of The World T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete Act II.

-- Ilomilo (XBLA)
(1) Imolio T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete 3 Levels.

(2) Imolio T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete 3 Levels.

(3) Ilo and Milo (Prop) -- Collect enough memory fragments to unlock a full memory.

-- Islands of Wakfu (XBLA)
(1) Merch T-Shirt (Male) -- Unlock "The Chosen One" Achievement.

(2) Merch T-Shirt (Female) -- Unlock "The Chosen One" Achievement.

(3) Blue Platypus (Prop) -- (1) Merch T-Shirt (Male) -- Unlock "Who's Who?" Achievement.

-- Kinect Adventures (Kinect)
(01) Expert Adventures Outfit (Male) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Ultimate Treasure Adventure.

(02) Expert Adventures Outfit (Female) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Ultimate Treasure Adventure.

(03) Adventures Sunglasses (Male) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Chasing the Sun Adventure.

(04) Adventures Sunglasses (Female) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Chasing the Sun Adventure.

(05) Adventures Gloves (Male) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Treasure Grab Adventure.

(06) Adventures Gloves (Female) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Treasure Grab Adventure.

(07) Adventures Sweatband (Male) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Gearing Up Adventure.

(08) Adventures Sweatband (Female) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Gearing Up Adventure.

(09) Adventures Watch & Band (Male) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Winning Time Adventure.

(10) Adventures Watch & Band (Female) -- Participate in the reward ceremony for the Winning Time Adventure.

-- Kinectimals (Kinect)
(01) African Leopard T-Shirt (Male) -- Visit the Cherry Blossom Grove.

(02) African Leopard T-Shirt (Female) -- Visit the Cherry Blossom Grove.

(03) African Lion T-Shirt (Male) -- Visit the Fiddler's Beach.

(04) African Lion T-Shirt (Female) -- Visit the Fiddler's Beach.

(05) Panther T-Shirt (Male) -- Visit the Suri Mountain.

(06) Panther T-Shirt (Female) -- Visit the Suri Mountain.

(07) Cheetah T-Shirt (Male) -- Visit the La Selva.

(08) Cheetah T-Shirt (Female) -- Visit the La Selva.

(09) Royal Bengal Tiger T-Shirt (Male) -- Visit the Glade.

(10) Royal Bengal Tiger T-Shirt (Female) -- Visit the Glade.

-- Kinect Joy Ride (Kinect)
(01) Marathon Racer Suit (Male) -- Get behind the wheel for 10 hours.

(02) Marathon Racer Suit (Female) -- Get behind the wheel for 10 hours.

(03) Aviator Ranch Goggles (Male) -- Play each activity once in solo play.

(04) Aviator Ranch Goggles (Female) -- Play each activity once in solo play.

(05) Boss Hoodie (Male) -- Play on all tracks.

(06) Boss Hoodie (Female) -- Play on all tracks.

(07) Raven Leather Jacket (Male) -- Drive every vehicle style.

(08) Raven Leather Jacket (Female) -- Drive every vehicle style.

(09) Smashing Helmet (Male) -- Play each activity 10 times in offline play.

(10) Smashing Helmet (Female) -- Play each activity 10 times in offline play.


-- Kinect Sports (Kinect)
(1) Classic Kinect Sports Tee (Male) -- Earn the Professional Sports Badge.

(2) Classic Kinect Sports Tee (Female) -- Earn the Professional Sports Badge.

(3) I Heart Kinect Sports Tee (Male) -- Earn the Champion Sports Badge.

(4) I Heart Kinect Sports Tee (Female) -- Earn the Champion Sports Badge.

(5) Kinect Sports Star Tee (Male) -- Earn the Master Sports Badge.

(6) Kinect Sports Star Tee (Female) -- Earn the Master Sports Badge.

(7) Classic Kinect Sports Cap (Unisex) -- Earn the Amateur Sports Badge.

(8) Kinect Sports Champ Trophy (Prop) -- Earn the Legendary Sports Badge.

-- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (XBLA)
(1) Mercenary Outfit (Male) -- Complete the Game.

(2) Lara's Jungle Outfit (Female) -- Complete the Game.

-- Lazy Raiders (XBLA)
(1) Dr. Diggabone's Outfit (Male) -- Purchase and play the game.

(2) Dr. Diggabone's Outfit (Female) -- Purchase and play the game.

(3) Dr. Diggabone's Hat -- Complete all Levels.

-- Left for Dead 2
(01) Med Kit (Prop) -- Win all 5 Campaign Levels.

(02) Bull Shifters T-Shirt (Male) -- Win 10 games of Versus.

(03) Bull Shifters T-Shirt (Female) -- Win 10 games of Versus.

(04) Left 4 Dead 2 T-Shirt (Male) -- Win 10 games of Scavenge.

(05) Left 4 Dead 2 T-Shirt (Female) -- Win 10 games of Scavenge.

(06) Zombie Hand T-Shirt (Male) -- Kill 10,000 undead across all Modes.

(07) Zombie Hand T-Shirt (Female) -- Kill 10,000 undead across all Modes.

(08) Depeche Mode T-Shirt (Male) -- Rescue Gnome Chompski.

(09) Depeche Mode T-Shirt (Female) -- Rescue Gnome Chompski.

(10) Left 4 Dead 2 Hat -- Play The Passing (DLC) ***

(11) Gnome (Prop) -- Play 6 mutations (DLC) ***

-- Limbo (XBLA)
(1) White Limbo Tee (Male) -- Unlock your first Achievement.

(2) White Limbo Tee (Female) -- Unlock your first Achievement.

(3) Limbo Creature (Prop) -- Complete the Game.

-- Lips: I Love the 80's
(1) Chillin Blazer (Male) -- Achieve the Big Bang Score in "Relax".

(2) Chillin Blazer (Female) -- Achieve the Big Bang Score in "Relax".

(3) Problem Solver Hat -- Achieve the Big Bang Score in "Whip It".

-- Lips: Party Classics
(1) Biker Guy Jacket (Male) -- Earn a Big Bang rating and perform all gestures in YMCA.

(2) Biker Gal Jacket (Female) -- Earn a Big Bang rating and perform all gestures in YMCA.

(3) 80's Heartthrob Jean Jacket (Male) -- Earn a Big Bang rating and perform all gestures in I Think We're Alone Now.

(4) Teen Sensation Jean Jacket (Female) -- -- Earn a Big Bang rating and perform all gestures in I Think We're Alone Now.

-- Lips: Number One Hits
(1) Sassy Pie Hat (Female) -- Sing one song.

(2) Over the Top Hat (Male) -- Sing one song.

(3) Disco Boots (Male) -- Earn a gold cup.

(4) Disco Kicks (Female) -- Earn a gold cup.

(5) Shades of Infinity -- Earn an Infinity rating on a song.

(6) Shades of Lady Gaga -- Earn the Superstar Grand Rank.

(7) Crystal Mini (Female) -- Win 20 Challenges.

(8) Crystal Corduroy Pants (Male) -- Win 20 Challenges.

-- Magic: the Gathering (XBLA)
(1) Planeswalker T-Shirt (Male) -- Unlock all cards in three decks.

(2) Planeswalker T-Shirt (Female) -- Unlock all cards in three decks.

(3) Dragon (Prop) -- Unlock all the cards in six decks.

-- MLB 2K10
(1) MLB 2K10 Jersey (Male) -- Get called up to the majors in My Player.

(2) MLB 2K10 Jersey (Female) -- Get called up to the majors in My Player.

(3) 2K Sports Jersey (Male) -- Win a game in any mode.

(4) 2K Sports Jersey (Female) -- Win a game in any mode.

(5) Evan Longoria Jersey (Male) -- Win best fielder in Franchise or My Player.

(6) Evan Longoria Jersey (Female) -- Win best fielder in Franchise or My Player.

(7) MLB 2K10 Batting Helmet (Unisex) -- Hit a grand slam in any game mode.

(8) MLB 2K10 Batt & Ball (Prop) -- Earn the batting title in My Player or hit 150 home runs.

-- Monday Night Combat (XBLA)
(1) Mascot Mask (Unisex) -- Meet the Mascot in the Tutorial.

(2) Monday Night Combat T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete Exhibition Blitz Mode.

(3) Monday Night Combat T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete Exhibition Blitz Mode.

-- MX vs. ATV
(1) T-Shirt (Male) -- Finish a race and unlock the "Off And Racing" Achievement.

(2) T-Shirt (Female) -- Finish a race and unlock the "Off And Racing" Achievement.

(3) MX Jersey (Male) -- Achieve every level 1 Race Goal and unlock the "All Around Talent" Achievement.

(4) MX Jersey (Female) -- Achieve every level 1 Race Goal and unlock the "All Around Talent" Achievement.

(5) Gold Helmet -- Reach Rider XP Level 50 and unlock the "Record Chaser" Achievement.

-- Perfect Dark (XBLA)
(1) Perfect Aim T-Shirt (Male) -- Perform a Head-Shot on an Enemy.

(2) Perfect Aim T-Shirt (Female) -- Perform a Head-Shot on an Enemy.

(3) Elvis Alien Doll -- Complete a Special Assignment.

-- Pinball FX 2 (XBLA)
(1) Pinball FX 2 T-Shirt (Male) -- Achieve 5,000 Wizard Score.

(2) Pinball FX 2 T-Shirt (Female) -- Achieve 5,000 Wizard Score.

(3) Pinball Wizard Robe (Male) -- Achieve 100,000 Wizard Score.

(4) Pinball Sorceress Dress (Female) -- Achieve 100,000 Wizard Score.


-- Portal 2
(1) Portal 2 T-Shirt -- Complete Portal 2 Co-Op.

(2) Love Shirt -- Hug 3 friends in Portal 2 Co-Op.

(3) Turret Shirt -- Complete Test Chamber 10 in under 70 seconds.

(4) Portal 2 Hat -- Survive the manual override.

(5) Companion Cube (Portal) -- Complete Portal 2 Single Player.

-- Radiant Silvergun (XBLA)
(1) Long-Sleeved T-Shirt (Unisex) -- Play the Arcade Mode 20 times.

(2) Player Battleship & Controller (Prop) -- Play the Story Mode 20 times.

-- Raskulls (XBLA)
(1) Raskulls T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete the "Zap Excavator" Mega-Challenge in Chapter 1.

(2) Raskulls T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete the "Zap Excavator" Mega-Challenge in Chapter 1.

(3) A Giant King Mask (Unisex) -- Complete the "Soggy Falling Exit" Mega-Challenge in Chapter 2.

-- Red Dead Redemption
(1) Black on Red RDR Logo T-Shirt (Male) -- Open the chest inside the burned down cabin to the east of Rio Bravo.

(2) Black on Red RDR Logo T-Shirt (Female) -- Open the chest inside the burned down cabin to the east of Rio Bravo.

(3) Sombrero -- Shoot the hat off of a character.

(4) Posse T-Shirt (Male) -- Part of the "Strike It Rich" Rockstar Challenge.

(5) Posse T-Shirt (Female) -- Part of the "Strike It Rich" Rockstar Challenge.

(6) Yellow Rockstar Logo T-Shirt (Male) -- Open the chest in the attic of the house just NW of Beecher's Hope.

(7) Yellow Rockstar Logo T-Shirt (Female) -- -- Open the chest in the attic of the house just NW of Beecher's Hope.

(8) Elegant Suit (Male) -- Complete the Rockstar Games Social Club "Skin It To Win It" challenge.

(9) Elegant Suit (Female) -- Complete the Rockstar Games Social Club "Skin It To Win It" challenge.

-- Risk Factions (XBLA)
(1) Commandant SixFour's Head (Male) -- Beat Campaign Mode.

(2) Commandant SixFour's Head (Female) -- Beat Campaign Mode.

(3) Generalissimo Meow's T-Shirt (Male) -- Beat Campaign Mode.

(4) Generalissimo Meow's T-Shirt (Female) -- Beat Campaign Mode.

-- Rock Band 3
(01) Rock Band Microphone T-Shirt (Male) -- 5 Star on Easy Vocals (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(02) Rock Band Microphone T-Shirt (Female) -- 5 Star on Easy Vocals (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(03) Rock Band Bass T-Shirt (Male) -- 5 Star on Easy Bass (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(04) Rock Band Bass T-Shirt (Female) -- 5 Star on Easy Bass (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(05) Rock Band Guitar T-Shirt (Male) -- 5 Star on Easy Guitar (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(06) Rock Band Guitar T-Shirt (Female) -- 5 Star on Easy Guitar (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(07) Rock Band Keyboards T-Shirt (Male) -- 5 Star on Easy Pro Keys (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(08) Rock Band Keyboards T-Shirt (Female) -- 5 Star on Easy Pro Keys (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(09) Rock Band Drums T-Shirt (Male) -- 5 Star on Easy Drums (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

(10) Rock Band Drums T-Shirt (Female) -- 5 Star on Easy Drums (or 3 Star on a higher difficulty) any 25 Songs.

-- Scrap Metal (XBLA)
(1) An Awesome Scrap Metal T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete the first Single-Player Tournament.

(2) An Awesome Scrap Metal T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete the first Single-Player Tournament.

(3) A Scrap Metal RC Car -- Complete the Game (Single-Player).

-- Section 8: Prejudice (XBLA)
(1) Prejudice Tee (Male) -- Complete the Answers level of the Campaign.

(2) Prejudice Tee (Female) -- Complete the Answers level of the Campaign.

(3) Gold Helmet (Unisex) -- Reach level 20 or earn 46 Stars.

-- Snoopy Flying Ace (XBLA)
(1) Snoopy Avatar T-Shirt (Male) -- Obtain at least one medal in each mission.

(2) Snoopy Avatar T-Shirt (Female) -- Obtain at least one medal in each mission.

(3) Red Baron Avatar Costume (Male) -- Reach the Flying Ace rank.

(4) Red Baron Avatar Costume (Female) -- Reach the Flying Ace rank.

-- Sonic the Hedgehog 4
(1) Sonic Costume Head (Unisex) -- Complete the Game.

(2) Sonic Costume Body (Unisex) -- Complete the Game.

-- Sonic Adventure
(1) Sonic Tee (Male) -- Play Sonic Adventure for 5 hours.

(2) Sonic Tee (Female) -- Play Sonic Adventure for 5 hours.

(3) Sonic Shoes (Male) -- Play Sonic Adventure for 10 hours.

(4) Sonic Shoes (Female) -- Play Sonic Adventure for 10 hours.

-- Sonic Free Riders (Kinect)
(1) Sonic Shirt -- Place 1st on every course with Sonic.

(2) Jet Shirt -- Place 1st on every course with Jet.

(3) Sonic Free Riders Shirt -- Watch the credits in their entirety.

(4) E-10000 G Shirt -- Place 1st on every course with E-10000 G.

-- Southpark (XBLA)
(1) Cartman's Hat -- Complete a full Level.

(2) Kenny's Hoodie (Male) -- Complete the Game.

(3) Kenny's Hoodie (Female) -- Complete the Game.

-- Splosion Man
(1) Spolsion Man Tee (Male) -- Break a Pane of Glass.

(2) Splosion Man Tee (Female) -- Break a Pane of Glass.

(3) Big Science Tee (Male) -- Beat the game on Co-Op.

(4) Big Science Tee (Female) -- Beat the game on Co-Op.


-- Super Meat Boy (XBLA)
(1) SMB Tee (Unisex) -- Play the game long enough and you'll get it…

(2) Super Meat Boy (Prop) -- Beat the Light World.

-- Swarm (XBLA)
(1) Swarm Hat (Unisex) -- Beat a Boss Mob.

(2) Swarmite Pet (Prop) -- Run the Game.

-- Torchlight (XBLA)
(1) Torchlight Logo Tee (Male) -- Defeat the Overseer.

(2) Torchlight Logo Tee (Female) -- Defeat the Overseer.

(3) Robot Knit Cap (Unisex) -- Complete the Game.

-- Toy Soldiers
(1) Pickelhabe (Spiked Helmet) -- Complete the Campaign.

(2) M 1917 Gas Mask -- Buy and Install the Game.

-- Toy Soldiers: Cold War (XBLA)
(1) Toy Soldiers Cold War T-Shirt (Male) -- Play a survival match to Round 5.

(2) Toy Soldiers Cold War T-Shirt (Female) -- Play a survival match to Round 5.

(3) Toy Soldiers Cold War Commando Mullet (Male) -- Survive till the first MIG wave in the Tutorial/Trial level.

(4) Toy Soldiers Cold War Commando Mullet (Female) -- Survive till the first MIG wave in the Tutorial/Trial level.

(5) Toy Soldiers Cold War Flight Jacket (Unisex) -- Finish the Gatlin Gun mini-game in the Tutorial/Trial level.

-- Trenched (XBLA)
(1) Trenched T-Shirt (Unisex) -- Complete Mobile Trench certification.

(2) Trenchie (Prop) -- Wrest control of Europe back from the Northern Pylon.

-- UFC Personal Trainer (Kinect)
(1) UFC Trainer Gloves -- Earn 10 Medals.

(2) UFC Trainer Shorts -- Earn 50 Medals.

(3) UFC Trainer Shirt -- Earn 150 Medals.

-- Unbound Saga (XBLA)
(1) Unbound Saga T-Shirt (Male) -- Complete one episode on any difficulty.

(2) Unbound Saga T-Shirt (Female) -- Complete one episode on any difficulty.

(3) Unbound Saga Comic Books (Prop) -- Complete story mode on any difficulty.

-- Wipeout: In the Zone
(1) Wipeout Life Jacket (Male) -- At the Start Menu use your controller D-Pad to enter the following:
LEFT, B, DOWN, Y, A, B, RIGHT, UP.

(2) Wipeout Life Jacket (Female) -- At the Start Menu use your controller D-Pad to enter the following:
LEFT, B, DOWN, Y, A, B, RIGHT, UP.

(3) Wipeout Safety Helmet -- At the Start Menu use your controller D-Pad to enter the following:
Y, A, B, UP, DOWN, LEFT, Y, RIGHT.

-- Xbox LIVE Lab (XBLA)
(1) Lab Coat (Unisex) -- Continuously use Xbox Live Labs for 30 minutes.

(2) Brain Helmet (Unisex) -- Use the Xbox Live Labs for a total of an hour.

(3) Crazy Hair (Unisex) -- Use the Xbox Live Labs for a total of six hours.

-- Yar's Revenge (XBLA)
(1) Yar's Revenge T-Shirt (Male) -- Play the Game.

(2) Yar's Revenge T-Shirt (Female) -- Play the Game.

-- You Don't Know Jack
(1) A Classy Men's T-Shirt (Male) -- Play any episode and score over $0.

(2) A Trenty Ladies' T-Shirt (Female) -- Play any episode and score over $0.

(3) A Fashionable Men's Pant (Male) -- Play episode 9 and score over $0.

(4) A Beautiful Ladies' Pant (Female) -- Play episode 9 and score over $0.

(5) A Bald-Headed Ski Mask -- Play episode 58 score over $0.

(6) Billy O'Brien Replica Dummy (Prop) -- Find the episode 73 wrong answer of the game.

* Awards are based off of Achievements unlocked in other Halo series games.

** Awarded for purchasing and downloading the four Block Party Games: Game Room, Perfect Dark, Scrap Metal, and Toy Soldiers.

*** Obtained from DLC purchased separately.


Not so Much...

If you noticed that the list above largely consists of a lot of last year's games and just a handful of this year's, well, yeah, it does. It seems that while the Avatar Awards was a great idea, and even a gamer-loved feature, it just has not caught on with most of the major games developers, who unlike with the game Achievements (which are required to be added to all games released on the 360 platform) are not required to put in Avatar Awards -- so they are not.

The good news though is that the Avatar Awards Program is not dead! It is still being promoted as one of the core features for Avatars on the Microsoft and Live sites, and while the program has not been widely adopted by every game studio, many of the smaller studios who specialize in Arcade games are taking it seriously. The word is that we can expect to see more Awards in smaller games in the coming year -- and of course games that are released by Microsoft for the Xbox and for Live will have them as a matter of course.

When you add in the fact that Live has gone towards paid-content for Avatar clothing and accessories in a major way, it actually makes sense that the developers are not keen on the idea of giving away free kit when they know if they put a few T-Shirts and a prop or two in the Avatar Store, you will buy them! You cannot blame the larger studios -- like Ubisoft for example -- for going after that extra money, since most fans love the idea of having an Assassin's Suit or prop from the game.

A quick check of the Marketplace shows me that game-related kit is in big supply -- so there must be a demand for it -- and while it looks like we will be buying most of our Avatar kit for the likely future, the fact that some of the studios still support it and will be releasing new offerings in upcoming games is very cool news indeed -- we should support those games with kind words for them on their forums, we're just saying...

Gaming Update will keep an eye on this, and update the guide as required. Now go! Play! Win!

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