Every now, we see something interesting involving an engineer working behind the scenes at a number of the most important technology companies within the world. This is often an ideal example of that. A gamer named Gabriel Roland took to Twitter, noting that Xbox made his Pac-Man ghost avatar smaller and smaller with each generation. Roland said he had purchased the gamerpic in 2006 for 80 Xbox points and vowed to use it forever.
As you’ll see within the image above, his Pac-Man ghost is extremely small, surrounded by a huge gray circle. An Xbox engineering lead named Eden Marie saw the post and made it a personal mission to repair the matter. the primary step involved purchasing the Pac-Man avatar again for $2.38. Marie described much of the method required to try something that will seem simple to start with.
The process required multiple steps partially because there are good ways in which Xbox displays gamerpics. It seems many various pages required individual fixes to permit the gamerpic to display correctly everywhere. Marie noted that there had been changes made within the past, and a few of the pages were broken as a result.
Thankfully, a number of the broken pages were easy to repair. The engineer noted that most 360 gamerpics were designed to be shown as a square and didn’t respond well to being clipped as a circle. the method was tons of labor to enlarge one user’s gamerpic.
Listen, I can't promise anything, but I'm going to make it my personal mission to fix this https://t.co/o1zYjBBHSd
— Eden Marie (@neonepiphany) August 25, 2021
Ultimately Roland was extremely happy, noting that he worked in game QA for over a decade and had never seen a bug address so quickly. Marie noted that it helped that Roland’s bug report tweet make them laugh. Since the fixes were made overall, not just to Roland’s account, anyone with a small gamerpic will likely reap the benefit.