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


At occasions, Twitter is usually a unhealthy place, amplifying a few of the worst opinions and folks on the web. However on some days, the platform can remind us there are nonetheless respectable 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. Over time, because the Xbox consumer interface underwent adjustments and iterations, Noukon’s avatar received smaller and smaller till it was little greater than a tiny blue sq. misplaced within the countless grey sea of the Xbox avatar show. Dismayed but defiant, Noukon shared his drawback 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 most effective 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, apparently, is a greenback over the usual inflation fee. (Hey, Xbox gotta get its reduce, 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 seems whenever you’re viewing your individual profile versus what it seems 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 seems significantly 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 drawback, Eden’s subsequent job was to determine easy methods to make the avatar look higher on the Xbox profile sign-in display screen. Apparently, there are numerous methods Xbox shows your avatar, making Eden’s mission a bit of cumbersome.

“If I had 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,’ then you definately’d be off the mark,” she tweeted.

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

“Do you know that in the event you add a PNG with transparency as a customized gamerpic, the Dashboard and Information will respect that transparency in most locations?” Eden wrote. “A few of the in-built gamerpics have transparency in-built. Possibly we are able to benefit from that right here.”

To get round Xbox slicing off the perimeters of a sq. gamerpic, Eden determined to put the sq. pic inside a circle and make the circle clear. It labored, and it seems nice now.

It is numerous enjoyable, and typically, you even study 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 skill to replace Noukon’s avatar to Xbox’s coverage of permitting its engineers free time to tinker with no matter they like throughout the platform.

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

A noble trigger certainly.