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An information technology surrogate for religion : the veneration of deceased family in online games

Author: William Sims Bainbridge
Publisher: [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Pivot, 2014.
Series: Contemporary religion and popular culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Avatars through which players experience computer games can virtually resurrect deceased members of the player's family, to become spiritual mentors for the player, to memorialize lost loved ones, and to transform grief into continuing love. "Avatar" was originally a religious concept, and can be again, referring to a simulation of the dearly departed, created through partnership between a computer and a survivor.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Sims Bainbridge
ISBN: 9781137490599 1137490594
OCLC Number: 892964203
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: 1. Exploring Possibilities ("Runes of Magic") --
2. Selecting a World ("Uru: Myst Online") --
3. Achieving a Goal ("Defiance") --
4. Seeking Truth ("Tabula Rasa") --
5. Combatting Heresy ("Perfect World") --
6. Singing a Song ("EverQuest") --
7. Uniting a Couple ("Guild Wars 2") --
8. Enduring Horror ("Age of Conan") --
9. Insuring Hope ("Elder Scrolls Online") --
10. Resting in Peace ("Lord of the Rings Online").
Series Title: Contemporary religion and popular culture.
Responsibility: William Sims Bainbridge.

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This book demonstrates principles of Ancestor Veneration Avatars (AVAs), by running avatars based on eleven deceased members of one family through ten highly diverse virtual worlds from the violent  Read more...

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