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Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet
     

Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet

by Bruce Damer, Richard Walker (Designed by), Jeremy Judson (Editor), Jackie Dove (Editor), Kate Reber (Produced by)
 

Forget what you thought the Internet was, and put a face on cyberspace by interacting online in a whole new way.

Avatars are digital representations of yourself on the Internet that enable you to explore virtual worlds -- from downtown cityscapes complete with parks, bars, garbage dumps, golf courses, and superhighways, to fantasy environments with

Overview

Forget what you thought the Internet was, and put a face on cyberspace by interacting online in a whole new way.

Avatars are digital representations of yourself on the Internet that enable you to explore virtual worlds -- from downtown cityscapes complete with parks, bars, garbage dumps, golf courses, and superhighways, to fantasy environments with floating architecture and subterranean avatar locomotion that break every law of physics. But exploring is just the beginning, as Avatars! shows you how to become a digital homesteader, staking out and building your own virtual real estate.

And you don't need any cosmic virtual reality helmets to take the plunge! If you've got an Internet service provider, a modem, a 486 or better PC/Power Mac, and available RAM, then you've got a virtual passport to visit any world.

This avatar starter kit and virtual world culture guide includes:

  • Using avatars at home, in the classroom, and at work
  • Designing your own avatar
  • Staying up-to-date on the latest avatar social events and other information using the companion book web site
  • Taking a grand tour of the major virtual worlds
  • Installing and using 10 ready-to-run worlds on the accompanying CD-ROM (see inside flap)
  • Building your own world
  • Learning the unique digital etiquette and social interaction used in each virtual world

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Explains how people can create digital representations of themselves and travel to virtual worlds from cityscapes to fantasy worlds where the laws of physics are repealed. Indeed goes further to describe how to become a digital homesteader and stake out virtual landscape. Assumes only a 486 or better PC, a lot of memory, a modem, and an internet provider. The CD-ROM contains ten pre-created worlds. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201688405
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
10/27/1997
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 8.95(h) x 1.18(d)

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