Chapter 2. Designing Your Avatar


When you see an avatar in Second Life, you’re viewing the persona that particular resident of SL wants to project—a summary of his interests, personalities, goals, aspirations—the purpose, ultimately, of a cyberlife.

This premise might be hard to grasp, as people often think “game” when looking at cartoon-like, human-shaped figures. Even if you customized that figure and gave it your unique stamp, your brain says that figure can’t possibly be “me.”

Residents of Second Life who think this way are pretty easy to spot. In some fashion, they have an attitude indicating they aren’t interested in SL as a cooperative ...

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