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We've been paying so much attention to SOPA that we forgot to look out for the smaller, more annoying versions of ourselves. On January 1, Xbox Live avatars will lose the right to wield new gun-like items. That's right, they can hold flowers and blow bubbles, but heaven forbid one of them pull out a laser blaster or a Gears of War lancer. According to Epic Games' community manager Raczilla's forum post "Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will
no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. If you’ve purchased the
items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes
into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get
them while they’re hot."
There you have it. It sounds like if you already have deadly weapons in your virtual closet, you can continue to wield them. If you don't have any, now's the time to stock up, as they'll disappear come the new year.
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