Xbox engineer fixes consumer’s profile image, makes the world a greater place


At instances, Twitter generally is a unhealthy place, amplifying among the worst opinions and folks on the web. However on some days, the platform can remind us there are nonetheless first rate people doing good work to make the world a greater, much less shitty place.

Way back, an Xbox consumer who goes by Noukon on Twitter bought a Pac-Man ghost avatar for a greenback. Through the years, because the Xbox consumer interface underwent modifications and iterations, Noukon’s avatar obtained smaller and smaller till it was little greater than a tiny blue sq. misplaced within the infinite grey sea of the Xbox avatar show. Dismayed but defiant, Noukon shared his downside on Twitter however expressed resolve to maintain the cherished avatar.

“I purchased this gamerpic for 80 Xbox Factors in 2006,” Noukon tweeted. “And I’ll be fucked if it received’t stay the very best greenback I’ve ever spent.”

As luck would have it, Eden Marie, an Xbox engineer, noticed Noukon’s lament and pledged to assist.

“Hear, I can’t promise something, however I’m going to make it my private mission to repair this,” Eden responded.

To begin, Eden bought the Pac-Man avatar, now $2.38 as an alternative of a greenback, which, curiously, is a greenback over the usual inflation fee. (Hey, Xbox gotta get its minimize, too, proper?) After that, Eden chronicled her technique of making an attempt to revive this historic relic of a gamer avatar from 15 years in the past.

Eden first mounted an inconsistency between how an avatar appears to be like if you’re viewing your personal profile versus what it appears to be like like viewing another person’s. By yourself profile, Xbox 360 gamerpics appear to be large grey circles with the teeny little avatar within the middle. On others’ profiles, that very same avatar appears to be like a lot better. It’s nonetheless very small, however its background turns into a blown-up model of the small avatar, which creates a cleaner look.

After fixing that downside, Eden’s subsequent activity was to determine tips on how to make the avatar look higher on the Xbox profile sign-in display. Apparently, there are loads of methods Xbox shows your avatar, making Eden’s undertaking slightly cumbersome.

“If I have been to ask you what number of methods we show gamerpics on the console and your reply wasn’t one thing like ‘all of them,’ you then’d be off the mark,” she tweeted.

After some trial and error, Eden appeared to stumble on an answer. She took benefit of the Xbox UI’s affinity for clear photos.

“Do you know that when you add a PNG with transparency as a customized gamerpic, the Dashboard and Information will respect that transparency in most locations?” Eden wrote. “A number of the inbuilt gamerpics have transparency inbuilt. Possibly we will reap the benefits of that right here.”

To get round Xbox slicing off the perimeters of a sq. gamerpic, Eden determined to position the sq. pic within a circle and make the circle clear. It labored, and it appears to be like nice now.

It is loads of enjoyable, and typically, you even be taught one thing new, like… apparently 360 gamerpics supported transparency all alongside?


Anyway, what do you suppose, @noukon? Really feel higher about that greenback?

— Eden Marie (@neonepiphany) August 27, 2021

Eden credited her capacity to replace Noukon’s avatar to Xbox’s coverage of permitting its engineers free time to tinker with no matter they like inside the platform.

“I like that we do it, and this week I completely selected to make use of it to rescue ghosts,” she stated.

A noble trigger certainly.