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Book Report: Alter Ego

Posted May 28, 2007 by Jon Wood

Book Report: Alter Ego

This Memorial Day, Managing Editor Jon Wood writes this review of an MMORPG-related book "Alter Ego: Avatars and their creators". The book uses photos, screenshots and words to take a look at people, and the avatars they create.

The other day, a new book arrived at the office. It's a bit of an odd-looking book; a little bit wider than a paperback novel, and half again as long. Now, an odd-sized book in and of itself isn't really that strange. Really, it's the picture on the cover that catches the eye. At first glance, it looks like a pair of 30-somethings holding hands on a street in South Korea. Shift your angle a little bit though, and suddenly you're looking at a pair of Undead from World of Warcraft.

The book is called Alter Ego: Avatars and their creators, and that's probably an appropriate title for a book that examines a cross-section of the approximately 10 million MMO players around the world and the characters that they play online.

Read the article here.


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