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When users edit their avatar to their liking they have the option to take a picture of their avatar and set it as their gamer picture however this is optional. Avatars were released to Xbox LIVE when Xbox 360 was released in November 2008.
The avatar marketplace was introduced to Xbox LIVE on 11th August 2009, allowing users to buy real brand clothing to put on their avatar, in addition users are also able to buy clothing related to games, such as BioShock and Grand Theft Auto V.
Avatar pictures can be used in online forums and other websites by simply going to:
- Full Avatar: http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/GAMERTAG/avatar-body.png
- Large icon/gamer picture: http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/GAMERTAG/avatarpic-l.png
- Small icon/gamer picture: http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/GAMERTAG/avatarpic-s.png
Note: If your gamertag has spaces, enter "%20" instead of the space.