Left 4 Dead 2 will become only the second Xbox 360 game to feature Avatar Awards when it launches later this month. You remember those, right?
Avatar Awards are essentially Achievements, except you get a piece of clothing or a prop that can be used with your Xbox 360 Avatar. It’s a neat idea, a novel way of showing off your achievements in a game, so I’m amazed more developers haven’t included these in their games. They were revealed months ago, after all.
Maybe Left 4 Dead 2 will turn the tide and we’ll see more of these virtual trinkets? Valve’s Chet Faliszek told Eurogamer:
“Yeah, so, in Left 4 Dead 2 on the 360 you can actually win – it’s called Awards. It’s this weird thing that we thought people had done already, and we started working on it and then, once we started talking about it, realised that no one knew what we were talking about.”
In Valve’s shooter, players will be able to win a Depeche Mode t-shirt (as worn by in-game Survivor Rochelle – see above), a Left 4 Dead 2 t-shirt, one of the semi-iconic health kits you can get in the game, or “other cool stuff.”
The only exception? You won’t be able to win weapons for your little Avatar man. A wise decision, given how certain people jump all over that stuff.