Xbox 360 May Get Its Own Avatar Arcade

The Xbox 360 may be getting its own retro-themed arcade space, an environment that looks remarkably similar to the one competitor Sony offers in PlayStation Home. The above pictures come from a rumoured survey hinting at an "AvatArcade".

The name AvatArcade, despite its awkward camel-capping, is one of the better naming options being surveyed, according to details forwarded to Kotaku by a tipster. The others include Game Room, RetroCade, RetroGame, Game Preserve, Game Gallery, Tower of ROM, Tower of Game(s), Classics and Classics LIVE. Yes, Tower of ROM is far superior, but we just don't see that one sticking.

The survey info passed on to Kotaku doesn't offer much in the way of further details, but does indicate that publisher Atari will likely be one of the company's with a presence in the proposed space. The virtual arcade cabinets appear to feature playable copies of Atari's RealSports Baseball and Realsports Basketball, not to mention heavy Atari logo branding.

Looks like Intellivision games may also be on offer, as banners for Shark! Shark! and Star Strike hang in the same space. If those games are representative of the titles that would appear in the "AvatArcade", we're not sure what's so arcade-y about this.

The survey also hints that Microsoft may be charging for the Avatar-supported game room, asking surveyees what title would "compel" them to purchase the product.

We've checked in with Microsoft to see what they have to say.

Update: This is what they have to say: "Microsoft does not comment on rumours or speculation." I'm sure you never saw that coming.


    So MS copy Home, but charge for each piece they copy?

    M$ Should let us access The AvatArcade for nothing If they are really making one. Playstation has the right idea with letting there gamers play online for nothing while M$ doesn't really care about it's gamers, It's all about profit with them.

    I wanted to congratulate Michael McWhertor on being the only person who has written about this story to have done any searching. Every other story I’ve seen hasn’t even mentioned the fact that they’re actually playing Atari 2600 games in there, or that Shark Shark was on the banner in the background.

    It only takes two sections, but it’s those two seconds I appreciate.

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