Item description for Alter Ego: Avatars and their Creators by Robbie Cooper, Julian Dibbell & Tracy Spaight...
Alter Ego explores the personal and social identities being shaped in the metaverse at the beginning of the 21st century. Portraits of online gamers and virtual-world participants from America, Asia and Europe are paired with images of their avatars, with profiles of real-world and virtual characters. This book is both an entertainment and a serious look at a phenomenon that is shaping the future of human interaction.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 12.25" Weight: 1.62 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Chris Boot
ISBN 1905712022 ISBN13 9781905712021
Availability 0 units.
More About Robbie Cooper, Julian Dibbell & Tracy Spaight
Robbie Cooper was born in 1969 in London and studied photography at Bournemouth College of Art. He won the Ian Parry scholarship in 1992 for his work in Somalia and has been been widely published, including in Liberation, The Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, GQ and Esquire. His work has been exhibited at galleries in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.
Reviews - What do customers think about Alter Ego: Avatars and their Creators?
Coffee table book for a gamer or digital culture scholar! Dec 18, 2007
What fun this book is! The front cover is a "hologram" just like on the covers of some of the books I had as a kid in the seventies, where moving your head a little morphs the photo of two World of Warcraft avatars into a photo of the couple who play them. The entire book is devoted to photos of avatars alongside their players, with brief facts given about each player and avatar. A perfect coffee table book for a gamer or digital culture scholar!
Avatars... Sep 6, 2007
Interesting book. Good concept. Excellent cover. It becomes a little repetitive throughout the pages though... I wish there were more interesting people in it. Many of them are very similar to each other...
Couldn't put it down Aug 30, 2007
I thought it would be just a nice topical coffee table book, but it is way more compelling than I expected. The layout and form is quite unique. A precious work of art. Each pair of pages a jewel. There is a photo of each user on one side and image of their avatar on the facing page. But it's the couple of paragraphs in each of the users own words that wouldn't let me put the book down. Just amazing the various types of relationships these people have with their avatars. My favorite quote: "I used to be a satanic priest, but now I have a girlfriend."
Gamers, Blood Elves Mug for the Camera Aug 14, 2007
Upon first discovering 'Alter Ego,' it's difficult avoid the feeling that you should have thought of the idea first: a book that pairs photos of people with their images of their avatars. It's not condescending, exploitative or academic--Cooper's images are presented factually, at face value and show that MMO gamers cannot be classified as geeks or otherwise. In fact, the diversity of subjects, both real and in-game, is the book's most enjoyable aspect. 'Alter Ego' may not attempt to engage the somewhat ridiculous debate regarding games as art, but it's depictions of elaborate avatars does prove definitively that gamers can be artists.
Excellent Jul 13, 2007
Alter Ego is very interesting and entertaining. It provides insight to a world of over 10 Million people and a Billion dollar industry. MMOs have been around for years and to see to what extent it has grown is amazing. My first experience was in 1976 at the computer labs at Miami University, Ohio playing a Star Trek game. I bought an extra copy of Alter Ego for my nephew since he will soon be playing MMOs. Excellent photographs and bios!