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[my avatar maker]E3 Avatar Creator: The Kotaku Review

2021-08-08

  <img src="https://kotaku.com/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" alt="“Picrew, but make it souless.” – ESA, probably." data-srcset="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_80,pg_1,q_80,w_80/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 80w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_140/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 140w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_265/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 265w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_340/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 340w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_490/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 490w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_645/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 645w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_740/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 740w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_965/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 965w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 1165w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 1315w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1465/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 1465w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1600/c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0.png 1600w" sizes="

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  (min-width: 37.37em) and (max-width: 49.94em) calc(100vw – 32px),

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  ” draggable=”auto” data-chomp-id=”c3adeb6b7ae96a381fad8f4a4d9107d0″ data-format=”png” data-alt=”“Picrew, but make it souless.” – ESA, probably.” data-anim-src=”https://kotaku.com/”/>“Picrew, but make it souless.” – ESA, probably.Image: ESA / Kotaku

  E3 is here. Registered participants will soon be able to log in to the E3 portal to connect with developers, industry professionals, and fans. Since the event is purely digital, the ESA is encouraging participants to create avatars so exhibitors who may or may not be there and who may or may not respond to requests can put a “face” to a name that may or may not be leaked along with other personally identifying information, as notoriously happened in 2019. As a lover of all things character creator, I decided to see how well E3’s avatar maker stacks up.

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  Initially I was pleased with this corporatized take on Picrew. There are no gender-restricted options, and you can import a hex code for anything that can be colored—two of my favorite character-creator options. I was also impressed with the tool’s willingness to get silly. You can create a somewhat realistic representation of yourself, or say “fuck it” and give yourself Saitama eyes and a polygon nose.

  <img src="https://kotaku.com/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" alt="I appreciate the ESA’s willingness to get weird here." data-srcset="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_80,pg_1,q_80,w_80/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 80w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_140/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 140w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_265/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 265w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_340/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 340w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_490/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 490w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_645/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 645w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_740/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 740w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_965/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 965w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 1165w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 1315w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1465/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 1465w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1600/83cd5ee20902fa621eecaa7bef6b712b.png 1600w" sizes="

  (max-width: 25em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (max-width: 37.31em) calc(100vw – 32px),

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  Your avatar’s eyes are kinda creepy. They stare forward lifelessly as though they’ve already seen the horrors of E3s past and future. What cursed knowledge do they hold, I wonder? Perhaps it’s the fact that there’s a very unfortunate moustache option you can choose that I won’t name here except to say it makes your avatar look like a dictator from the 1940s. Who can know such things?

  I do wish the creator had more options particularly in the hairstyle department. Once again, a character creator neglects the wider range of kinkier hairstyles beyond the simple afro, and the one that’s there is pretty ugly:

  <img src="https://kotaku.com/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" alt="God, this afro is ugly. " data-srcset="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_80,pg_1,q_80,w_80/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 80w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_140/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 140w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_265/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 265w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_340/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 340w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_490/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 490w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_645/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 645w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_740/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 740w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_965/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 965w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 1165w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 1315w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1465/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 1465w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1600/6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f.png 1600w" sizes="

  (max-width: 25em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (max-width: 37.31em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (min-width: 37.37em) and (max-width: 49.94em) calc(100vw – 32px),

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  ” draggable=”auto” data-chomp-id=”6b6e5933831d070f9b398f13ec11a63f” data-format=”png” data-alt=”God, this afro is ugly. ” data-anim-src=”https://kotaku.com/”/>God, this afro is ugly. Image: ESA / KotakuG/O Media may get a commissionMicrosoft Surface Laptop Go (256GB)Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (256GB)

  But I’m in good company since most of the hairstyles are pretty dang awful. They all sit at the front of your avatar’s head while the back of your head is completely devoid of hair:

  <img src="https://kotaku.com/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" alt="These hair options are like lacefronts that are all frontals but no wig." data-srcset="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_80,pg_1,q_80,w_80/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 80w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_140/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 140w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_265/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 265w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_340/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 340w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_490/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 490w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_645/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 645w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_740/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 740w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_965/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 965w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 1165w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 1315w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1465/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 1465w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1600/236016b7da8705421c5d62c8a2f10b49.png 1600w" sizes="

  (max-width: 25em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (max-width: 37.31em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (min-width: 37.37em) and (max-width: 49.94em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (min-width: 50em) and (max-width: 63.69em) 800px,

  (min-width: 63.75em) and (max-width: 85.19em) calc(66.5vw – 32px),

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  Lack of diverse options aside, I’ve already seen folks get funky with the tool, creating some genuinely neat avatars. Mike Fahey was able to recreate the Joker:

  <img src="https://kotaku.com/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" alt="E3 has made Fahey become the joker." data-srcset="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_80,pg_1,q_80,w_80/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 80w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_140/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 140w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_265/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 265w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_340/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 340w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_490/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 490w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_645/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 645w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_740/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 740w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_965/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 965w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 1165w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 1315w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1465/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 1465w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1600/3d475d94807b1d735ee0f467fc50111a.png 1600w" sizes="

  (max-width: 25em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (max-width: 37.31em) calc(100vw – 32px),

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  And I don’t know what the hell Zack Zweizen is doing here but I like it:

  <img src="https://kotaku.com/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" alt="Ok but the electric blue beard on Zack’s avatar is pretty sweet." data-srcset="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_80,pg_1,q_80,w_80/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 80w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_140/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 140w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_265/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 265w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_340/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 340w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_490/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 490w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_645/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 645w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_740/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 740w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_965/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 965w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 1165w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 1315w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1465/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 1465w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1600/551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae.png 1600w" sizes="

  (max-width: 25em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (max-width: 37.31em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (min-width: 37.37em) and (max-width: 49.94em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (min-width: 50em) and (max-width: 63.69em) 800px,

  (min-width: 63.75em) and (max-width: 85.19em) calc(66.5vw – 32px),

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  ” draggable=”auto” data-chomp-id=”551a57ffafe06e70d0e3c6a26dfe9cae” data-format=”png” data-alt=”Ok but the electric blue beard on Zack’s avatar is pretty sweet.” data-anim-src=”https://kotaku.com/”/>Ok but the electric blue beard on Zack’s avatar is pretty sweet.Image: ESA / KotakuAdvertisement

  As for me, if you see a pale, approximately 2.9-meter woman in a white dress with blood-red eyes and mouth stalking around the digital showfloor, come say hello.

  <img src="https://kotaku.com/data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" alt="This is probably the only time Ash will ever willing make herself a white woman." data-srcset="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_80,pg_1,q_80,w_80/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 80w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_140/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 140w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_265/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 265w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_340/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 340w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_490/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 490w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_645/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 645w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_740/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 740w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_965/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 965w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1165/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 1165w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 1315w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1465/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 1465w, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1600/30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237.png 1600w" sizes="

  (max-width: 25em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (max-width: 37.31em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (min-width: 37.37em) and (max-width: 49.94em) calc(100vw – 32px),

  (min-width: 50em) and (max-width: 63.69em) 800px,

  (min-width: 63.75em) and (max-width: 85.19em) calc(66.5vw – 32px),

  800px

  ” draggable=”auto” data-chomp-id=”30c2002b31cf3cd2458b0339d080b237″ data-format=”png” data-alt=”This is probably the only time Ash will ever willing make herself a white woman.” data-anim-src=”https://kotaku.com/”/>This is probably the only time Ash will ever willing make herself a white woman.Image: ESA / KotakuAdvertisement

  So that’s the E3 avatar creator.

  Final Grade: C-

  ?

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