An icon or figure representing a particular person in a video game, Internet forum, etc.
It may take either a three-dimensional form, The word avatar originates in Hinduism, where it stands for the "descent" of a deity in a terrestrial form (deities in India are popularly thought to be formless and capable of manifesting themselves in any form).
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Avatar attachment is expressive of identity and self-conception and should therefore be accorded the moral significance we give to real-life attachments that play a similar role.
In computing, an avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character.
Multi-user online environments involve millions of participants world-wide.
In these online communities participants can use their online personas – avatars – to chat, fight, make friends, have sex, kill monsters and even get married.
Only if you were playing "yourself" Garriott felt, could you be judged based on your character's actions.