I apologize if I am in the wrong area but this is my first time on the Xbox Forums. Tonight I tried to set an custom, and safe for work, image as my gamer picture. However, as I explored the sight I realized that there isn't an option to do this. I was surprised because services like Steam and Origin allow you to do this with relative ease however this option was not available. I know avatar's are important to Microsoft's wallet but this feature is easy to implement and doesn't distract from avatars. In my opinion, Custom Gamer Pictures can add further customization to gamer tags and produce a friendlier environment.
I think that Microsoft should allow users customize their gamer picture because it would prove just how diverse the Xbox Live community is. This community is international and has many people different kinds of people in it. By adding this feature it can give users the ability to express themselves in new ways. While I enjoy avatars, I feel they are rather limited in this regard. Avatars can only have a set amount of styles and facial features. Many avatars look the same or very similar.
To reiterate, allowing users to customize their profile pictures would be an easy feature to implement and it would be easy to moderate. I use Steam frequently and I have never seen a pornographic or disturbing avatar. Therefore, I would assume its relatively easy to moderate. If there is a valid reason as to why this feature can't be added then please inform me.
Thank you for your time.