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Alter Ego: Avatars and their creators Hardcover – June 30, 2009
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With 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 game.
For 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 reasons. Some to adopt a persona more accurate than a physical appearance could ever be. Others to create a virtual version of themselves down to the smallest detail. At the same time, avatars also can become an alternative personality.
In this book Cooper has collected photographs of real people and the avatars they have created for themselves. The book also provides vital statistics (who they are, where they live, game played, etc.). Each person interviewed also explains, in their own words, the thought process that went into making their avatar and what it (and online role play gaming in general) means to their lives.
The book and its range of subjects is fascinating. Senior citizens in a nursing home, a disabled young man, teens, drag queens, actors, entrepreneurs, and regular people are all represented in this book.Read more ›
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Beyond the cool lenticular cover, showing a virtual WoW couple and their RL human counterparts, this book's first "alter ego" is an avatarless Arch-Wizard: Richard Bartle - he who... Read morePublished on January 19, 2011
When I received this book I thought I could just do a quick glance through it then off to bed. Oh well, I don't usually have this much fun being wrong, so that is one good thing. Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by 1MarbleMissing
Interesting book. Good concept. Excellent cover. It becomes a little repetitive throughout the pages though... I wish there were more interesting people in it. Read morePublished on September 6, 2007 by Bora M. Sozen
Alter Ego is very interesting and entertaining. It provides insight to a world of over 10 Million people and a Billion dollar industry. Read morePublished on July 13, 2007 by P. Goyarts