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My avatar, my self : identity in video role-playing games

Author: Zach Waggoner
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2009.
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With videogames now one of the world's most popular diversions, the virtual world has increasing psychological influence on real-world players. This book examines the relationships between virtual and non-virtual identity in visual role-playing games. Utilizing James Gee's theoretical constructs of real-world identity, virtual-world identity, and projective identity, this research shows dynamic, varying and complex  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Waggoner, Zach.
My Avatar, My Self : Identity in Video Role-Playing Games.
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zach Waggoner
ISBN: 9780786454099 0786454091
OCLC Number: 867930436
Description: 1 online resource (v, 201 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Videogames, avatars, and identity : a brief history --
Locating identity in new media theory --
Morrowind : identity and the hardcore gamer --
Oblivion : identity and the casual gamer --
Fallout 3 : identity and the non-gamer --
Virtual and non-virtual identities : connections and terminological implications.
Responsibility: Zach Waggoner.

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With videogames now one of the world's most popular diversions, the virtual world has increasing psychological influence on real-world players. This book examines the relationships between virtual and non-virtual identity in visual role-playing games. Utilizing James Gee's theoretical constructs of real-world identity, virtual-world identity, and projective identity, this research shows dynamic, varying and complex relationships between the virtual avatar and the player's sense of self and makes recommendations of terminology for future identity researchers.

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