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And virtual world participants from America Asia and Europe are paired with images of their avatars with profiles of their real world and virtual characters The book is both an en What a cool concept This is a book that shows pictures of people and the avatars they created online It includes some basic facts about each pair and includes an excerpt of the person talking about their avatar their relationship to gaming gaming in general etc Totally fascinating Sometimes the avatars look identical to their creators Sometimes they look completely different And that s pretty much all I had to say to a teen to get his eyes to light up Such a fun book to flip through I read it all the way through which exposed some issues For one thing this came out in 2007 which means the content gathering must have happened in the couple of years before that So the games the people were playing were different Second Life has a huge presence are people still even using that The CG isn t always very good compared with what we re used to currently And the book itself is tall and skinny which can sometimes b

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Alter Ego Avatars and their Creators

Photographer Robbie Cooper's Alter Ego explores personal and social identities being shaped in the metaverse at the beginning of the twenty first century Portraits of online gamers At first glance Robbie Cooper s Alter Ego Avatar and Their Creators 2007 is fundamentally a coffee table book large non standard size glossy photos high uality paper and a really interesting topic But it s also than thatWith the unprecedented popularity of massively multiplayer online role playing games MMORPG like Second Life and World of Warcraft avatars the customized computerized virtual characters that move around a computer game when you move your mouse or type on the keyboard are a big deal They re not only how a player interacts with a given game interface they are also how a player presents themselves to that gameFor that reason avatars also become a part of a player s life sometimes simply to enable gameplay but also often in very meaningful ways unrelated to the game per se The chosen title of this book Alter Ego points out that fact very well These are characters that players alter for various

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Tertainment and a serious look at a phenomenon that is shaping the future of human interaction With an introduction by Julian Dibbell and interviews and a glossary by Tracy Spaight A nice book showing people alongside their avatars in games such as World of Warcraft City of Heroes and Second Life Pretty fascinating My only caution is to space out your reading Trying to go through too many in one go makes them all start to stream together


10 thoughts on “Alter Ego Avatars and their Creators

  1. says:

    I saw the article in the NYT magazine about the book basically just a photo spread of people and their avatars from online gaming which I don't really participate inbut do think is an interesting study of identity and how people choose to seep

  2. says:

    Would be uite interesting to read an updated version regarding the 2010s

  3. says:

    At first glance Robbie Cooper's Alter Ego Avatar and Their Creators 2007 is fundamentally a coffee table book large non standard size glossy photos high uality paper and a really interesting topic But it's also than thatWith the unprecedented

  4. says:

    Contrary to a review I had read for this book it is not really a scholarly treatment of the topic; nevertheless it is insightful and entertaining for those of us who do not participate in 'massively multiplayer online games' or MMOs such as Second Life World of Warcraft Everuest etc The book profiles an internat

  5. says:

    What a cool concept This is a book that shows pictures of people and the avatars they created online It includes some basic facts about each pair and includes an excerpt of the person talking about their avatar their relationship to gaming gaming in general etc Totally fascinating Sometimes the avatars look identical to their creators Sometimes they look completely different And that's pretty much all I had to say to a teen to ge

  6. says:

    This book is pure coffee table stuff great images and juxtapositions that get us digital narrative scholars all excited It's a perfectly simple premise with pictures of various folks juxtaposed with pictures of their avatars It's particularly interesting to see who essentially or in some cases exactly recreated t

  7. says:

    A fun book that shows people and their avatars from all over the world spanning lots of different synthetic worlds including Eve Everuest Second Life World of Warcraft City of Heroes and lots of other games Very well done with gorgeous photography really shows the breadth of players from all over Asia the Americas and Europe that inhabit these spaces and for such a wide variety of motivations It also shows that they're not at all just a

  8. says:

    This book is exactly what the title says it is A photo and profile of a person on one side and a photo and story of their avatar on the other Some people were a bit weird but most seemed like normal folk who just liked interacting in virtual space where they are judged on personality rather than superficiality Having no firsthand knowledge of RPGs this book satiated some curiosity

  9. says:

    A nice book showing people alongside their avatars in games such as World of Warcraft City of Heroes and Second L

  10. says:

    This book is interesting as a look at identity how people portray themselves in online gaming spaces where they spend signi