Xbox 360 May Get Its Own Avatar Arcade

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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 rumored survey hinting at an "AvatArcade."

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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.

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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 rumors or speculation." I'm sure you never saw that coming.

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OtakuMan24
OtakuMan24

Since I'm not a PS3 owner, I can't really comment on how this is Home or Home-like or Home-whatever.

What I can say is that I actually like the sound of this. Retro cabinets with the Atari classics, and some entries from Konami and the dearly departed Midway.

I think it'd be neat to see 4 avatars gathering together around a game of TMNT: The Arcade Game, seeing a spot open, and then walking over and joining in.

I think company themed game rooms would be a neat idea. Rooms for Atari, Konami, Midway/Williams, and others would be quite kick ass. And rooms for indie developers, casual game companies like PopCap, and the other developers with no arcade-ties would be neat too.

And finally, only one name could possibly work. Take it away MC Hawking!

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