Alter Ego
Genre Adventure -> Adventure
Today's Rank 6129
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Alter Ego is a cool concept book, presenting the phenomenon of the contemporary avatar (the virtual characters gamers choose and design to engage in online virtual worlds). Portraits of gamers from the United States, Europe, China, and Korea (including leading figures of the gaming world) are paired with images of their alter egos, graphically dramatizing the gap between fantasy and reality. With an introduction by one of digital culture's leading observers, and a glossary of relevant terms, each of the seventy pairs of images are accompanied by detailed profiles and engaging stories about the person behind the keyboard. Sometimes hilarious and always visually exciting, Alter Ego is both a guide to the new world of the avatar and a serious contribution to the debate about the future of society in the digital age.
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