Alter Ego: Avatars and Their Creators

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Chris Boot, 2007 - Computers - 140 pages
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'Alter Ego' presents the phenomenon of the contemporary avatar - the virtual characters gamers choose and design to engage in 3D worlds online. Portraits of gamers from the United States, Europe, China, and Japan (including leading figures of the gaming world) are paired with digital images of their alter egos, graphically dramatizing the gap between fantasy and reality. Each of the seventy pairs of images are accompanied by detailed gamers' profiles. Sometimes hilarious and always visually exciting, 'Alter Ego' also serves as a guide to the new world of the avatar and is a contribution to the debate about the future of society in the digital age.

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User Review  - tyroeternal - LibraryThing

An amusing look at a wide variety of gamers from around the world. It was incredible to see the diversity represented in both gender, ethnicity, and games played; a clear picture of how inaccurate the stereotypical "gamer" is becoming. Read full review

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User Review  - BakuDreamer - LibraryThing

This is actually not very good, but, it's interesting. ( Saw some of it in a magazine someplace ) Read full review


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Robbie Cooper was born in 1969 in London and studied photography at Bournemouth College of Art. He won the Ian Parry scholarship in 1992 for his work in Somalia and has been been widely published, including in Liberation, The Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, GQ and Esquire. His work has been exhibited at galleries in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.

Julian Dibbell is an editor at the The Village Voice, where he writes a column on cyberculture. He has written about music and computer culture for many publications, including Time, Spin, Mademoiselle, and Request. He lives in New York City.

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