Now this might be ancient news for most of you, but I have not turned my Xbox on for at least 3 months, maybe more since I was playing through several RPGs on the PS2. So when I logged in for the first time in several months I noticed some subtle updates had been installed and immediately started playing around on the dashboard to see what was new.

Eventually this lead me to check out what was new for my avatar and lo an behold there is now an "Avatar Marketplace". Now don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to paying small amounts of money for upgrades, say like 10-20 points. But most items are $1-5 for individual items and I calculated that it would cost $12 to dress up your avatar as a clone trooper.  Most XBL arcade games don't cost $12.

It is a huge load of *** if you ask me and if anyone buys this crap I am going to visit you personally and punch you.