Xbox Live Avatars Losing Gun Rights Next Year

by Andrew Reiner on Dec 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

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.

[via Joystiq]