By Jeff Hester
June 21, 2005
ICQ and Oddcast launched the “Devil Factory” — an ICQ xtraz that lets you create custom, animated avatars for your instant messaging. “Devils” are a new feature introduced in ICQ 5 (they won't work in earlier versions), and the Devil Factory gives you a total of 13 male and female human characters and 10 creature characters to customize.
You can customize hair, colors, facial features and accessories. Much like Yahoo! Avatars and MSN Messenger 7's Dynamic Display Pictures, ICQ Devils use animation to enhance your instant messages. When you send an emoticon to your friend, your devil will say it out loud.
ICQ Devils are currently available free of charge during an introductory period, but they hint that this may change in the future.
To check it out, visit http://www.icq.com/xtraz_devcenter/devil_factory/
yawn. I don't understand why big end companies introduce these “extras” if they're just going to charge people for them. I mean, IM is for text, webcam and audio chat.. not $3 avatars which are absolutly pointless. ICQ wonder why they are in dead last? Cry to AOL for some more money, plz we want none of your pay-for-flash we can get fo-free on teh yahoo thx.
Actually, they are free. They might charge for them in the future, but you'll still be able to make your own if you want (without using the Devil Factory).
so interesting info
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