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In computing, an avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character. [1]

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Action film

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases.

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Active Worlds

Active Worlds is an online virtual world, developed by ActiveWorlds Inc., a company based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and launched on June 28, 1995.

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Algis Budrys

Algirdas Jonas "Algis" Budrys (January 9, 1931 – June 9, 2008) was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic.

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Alter ego

An alter ego (Latin, "the other I") is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or true original personality.

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Animation is a dynamic medium in which images or objects are manipulated to appear as moving images.

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Anonymity, adjective "anonymous", is derived from the Greek word ἀνωνυμία, anonymia, meaning "without a name" or "namelessness".

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Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI, also machine intelligence, MI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals.

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Australasian Conference on Information Systems

The Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) is an annual conference for Information Systems and Information Technology academics and professionals and is affiliated with the.

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Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by troubles with social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

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An avatar (Sanskrit: अवतार, IAST), a concept in Hinduism that means "descent", refers to the material appearance or incarnation of a deity on earth.

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Avatar (1979 video game)

Avatar is an early graphics-based multi-user highly interactive role-playing computer game, created on the University of Illinois' Control Data Corporation PLATO system in the late 1970s.

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Avatar (computing)

In computing, an avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character.

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Avatar (Xbox)

Xbox Avatars are avatars and characters that represent users of the Xbox Live service on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Mobile.

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Avatars United

Avatars United was a web community for avatars of online games and virtual worlds.

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Awareness avatar

The awareness avatar is a method of creating rapid awareness in social media through avatar modification or a single icon's use.

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BioShock 2

BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by 2K Marin and published by 2K Games.

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Bodybuilding is the use of progressive resistance exercise to control and develop one's musculature.

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Carl Johnson (Grand Theft Auto)

Carl "CJ" Johnson is a fictional character and the main playable protagonist from Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, published by Rockstar Games.

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Chip Morningstar

Chip Morningstar is an author, developer, programmer and designer of software systems, mainly for online entertainment and communication.

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Chris Boot

Chris Boot has had a career in various photography organisations.

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City of Heroes

City of Heroes (CoH) was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Cryptic Studios and published by NCSOFT.

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Computing is any goal-oriented activity requiring, benefiting from, or creating computers.

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Customer service

Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.

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A cutscene or event scene (sometimes in-game cinematic or in-game movie) is a sequence in a video game that is not interactive, breaking up the gameplay.

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Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a futuristic setting that tends to focus on a "combination of lowlife and high tech" featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.

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Cybertown (CT) (formerly ColonyCity) was a free (changed to pay per year in 2002), family friendly, online community.

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Digital conversation

A digital conversation is a scripted dialogue (in other words it is dialogue written by a human, just like the script of a movie) which takes place between a person and a computer via any digital medium from web browsers and PDAs to mobile phones and Interactive television.

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In physics and mathematics, the dimension of a mathematical space (or object) is informally defined as the minimum number of coordinates needed to specify any point within it.

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Duke Nukem (character)

Duke Nukem is a fictional character and protagonist of the ''Duke Nukem'' series of video games; the character is unrelated to the character of the same name from the TV series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which was created a year prior.

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Embodied agent

In artificial intelligence, an embodied agent, also sometimes referred to as an interface agent, is an intelligent agent that interacts with the environment through a physical body within that environment.

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Eve Online

Eve Online (stylised EVE Online) is a space-based, persistent world massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by CCP Games.

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Evolver (website)

Evolver was the first solution to provide a central portal to design, manage and transport 3D digital avatars.

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Fable II

Fable II is an action role-playing open world video game in the ''Fable'' game series developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360.

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The fantastic (le fantastique) is a subgenre of literary works characterized by the ambiguous presentation of seemingly supernatural forces.

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Felicia Day

Kathryn Felicia Day, Archive of "utexas.edu/~felicia/personal.html" is an American actress, voice actress, singer, writer, and web series creator.

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Gaia Online

Gaia Online is an English-language, anime-themed social networking and forums-based website.

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Gears of War 2

Gears of War 2 is a military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360.

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The Graphics Interchange Format, better known by its acronym GIF, is a bitmap image format that was developed by a team at the bulletin board service (BBS) provider CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987.

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Gordon Freeman

Gordon Freeman is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Half-Life video game series, created by Gabe Newell and designed by Newell and Marc Laidlaw of Valve Corporation.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games.

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Graphic communication

Graphic communication as the name suggests is communication using graphic elements.

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Habbo (previously known as Habbo Hotel) is a social networking service and online community aimed at teenagers.

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Habitat (video game)

Habitat is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by LucasArts.

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A hairstyle, hairdo, or haircut refers to the styling of hair, usually on the human scalp.

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Half-Life (video game)

Half-Life (stylized as HλLF-LIFE) is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve and published by Sierra Studios for Microsoft Windows in 1998.

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Halo 3

Halo 3 is a 2007 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie for the Xbox 360 console.

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Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling.

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Hermione Granger

Hermione Jean Granger is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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Hinduism is an Indian religion and dharma, or a way of life, widely practised in the Indian subcontinent.

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Icon (computing)

In computing, an icon is a pictogram or ideogram displayed on a computer screen in order to help the user navigate a computer system or mobile device.

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An Identicon is a visual representation of a hash value, usually of an IP address, that serves to identify a user of a computer system as a form of avatar while protecting the users' privacy.

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IKEA is a Swedish-founded multinational group, that designs and sells, kitchen appliances and home accessories.

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IMVU Inc., (stylized as imvu) is an online metaverse and website.

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The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide.

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Internet forum

An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

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Internet Relay Chat

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is an application layer protocol that facilitates communication in the form of text.

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J. K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling, ("rolling";Rowling, J.K. (16 February 2007).. Accio Quote (accio-quote.org). Retrieved 28 April 2008. born 31 July 1965), writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, philanthropist, film and television producer and screenwriter best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.

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John Brunner (novelist)

John Kilian Houston Brunner (24 September 1934 – 25 August 1995) was a British author of science fiction novels and stories.

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JPEG is a commonly used method of lossy compression for digital images, particularly for those images produced by digital photography.

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Kaneva, LLC is a privately owned American video game company based in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 2004 by Christopher Klaus and Greg Frame.

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Koinup is an image and video hosting service, web portal and online community for virtual world users.

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Lawrence Lessig

Lester Lawrence "Larry" Lessig III (born June 3, 1961) is an American academic, attorney, and political activist.

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Linden Lab

Linden Research, Inc., doing business as Linden Lab, is a privately held American Internet company that is best known as the creator of Second Life.

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List of Taito games

This is a list of video games developed or published by Taito, a Japanese video game developer and publisher.

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Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Maria Popova

Maria Popova (Мария Попова; born 28 July 1984) is a Bulgarian-born writer, blogger, literary and cultural critic living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Mario Kart Wii

is a racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii.

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Massively multiplayer online game

A massively multiplayer online game (MMOG, or more commonly, MMO) is an online game with large numbers of players, typically from hundreds to thousands, on the same server.

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are a combination of role-playing video games and massively multiplayer online games in which a very large number of players interact with one another within a virtual world.

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Matt Groening

Matthew Abraham Groening (born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor.

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Maze War

Maze War (also known as The Maze Game, Maze Wars, Mazewar or simply Maze) is a 1973 computer game which originated or disseminated a number of concepts used in thousands of games to follow, and is considered one of the earliest examples of, or progenitor of, a first-person shooter.

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Meez was a social network service based in San Francisco, CA.

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Mental disorder

A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning.

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The Metaverse is a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the internet.

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Michaelmas (novel)

Michaelmas (1977) is a science fiction novel by American writer Algis Budrys.

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Microsoft Corporation (abbreviated as MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

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Microsoft Comic Chat

Microsoft Comic Chat (later Microsoft Chat, but not to be confused with Windows Chat, or WinChat) is a graphical IRC client created by Microsoft, first released with Internet Explorer 3.0 in 1996.

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A Mii is a customizable avatar used on several Nintendo video game consoles and mobile apps.

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A MUD (originally Multi-User Dungeon, with later variants Multi-User Dimension and Multi-User Domain) is a multiplayer real-time virtual world, usually text-based.

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Natural language processing

Natural language processing (NLP) is an area of computer science and artificial intelligence concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages, in particular how to program computers to process and analyze large amounts of natural language data.

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Neal Stephenson

Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction.

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NECA Project

The NECA Project (Net Environment for Embodied Emotional Conversational Agents) was a research project that focused on multimodal communication with animated agents in a virtual world.

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Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company headquartered in Kyoto.

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Norman Spinrad

Norman Richard Spinrad (born September 15, 1940) is an American science fiction author, essayist, and critic.

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Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health.

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Online dating service

Online dating (or Internet dating) is a system that enables people to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships.

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Online identity

Internet identity (IID), also online identity or internet persona, is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites.

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Paper-and-pencil game

Paper-and-pencil games are games that can be played solely with paper and pencil (or other writing implement), usually without erasing.

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PC game

PC games, also known as computer games or personal computer games, are video games played on a personal computer rather than a dedicated video game console or arcade machine.

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A persona (plural personae or personas), in the word's everyday usage, is a social role or a character played by an actor.

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Perspective (video game)

Perspective is an experimental puzzle video game that includes aspects of a 2-dimensional platform game.

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In digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element in an all points addressable display device; so it is the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen.

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PLATO (computer system)

PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations) was the first generalized computer-assisted instruction system.

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Player character

A player character (also known as PC and playable character) is a fictional character in a role-playing game or video game whose actions are directly controlled by a player of the game rather than the rules of the game.

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PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a home video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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PlayStation Home

PlayStation Home (which was also marketed and referred to as Home) was a virtual 3D social gaming platform developed by Sony Computer Entertainment's London Studio for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) on the PlayStation Network (PSN).

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Pointman (user interface)

Pointman is a seated user interface for controlling one's avatar in a 3D virtual environment.

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Portable Network Graphics

Portable Network Graphics (PNG, pronounced or) is a raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression.

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A programmer, developer, dev, coder, or software engineer is a person who creates computer software.

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Proteus effect

The Proteus effect describes a phenomenon in which the behavior of an individual, within virtual worlds, is changed by the characteristics of their avatar.

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Representations is an interdisciplinary journal in the humanities published quarterly by the University of California Press.

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Robbie Cooper

Robbie Cooper (born 1969) is a British artist working in various media, including photography, video and video game modifications.

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Role-playing video game

A role-playing video game (commonly referred to as simply a role-playing game or an RPG as well as a computer role-playing game or a CRPG) is a video game genre where the player controls the actions of a character (and/or several party members) immersed in some well-defined world.

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Second Life

Second Life is an online virtual world, developed and owned by the San Francisco-based firm Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003.

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Security hacker

A security hacker is someone who seeks to breach defenses and exploit weaknesses in a computer system or network.

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In mathematics, a sequence is an enumerated collection of objects in which repetitions are allowed.

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Shadowrun is a science fantasy tabletop role-playing game set in a near-future fictional universe in which cybernetics, magic and fantasy creatures co-exist.

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Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle (born June 18, 1948) is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Sierra Entertainment

Sierra Entertainment, Inc. (formerly On-Line Systems and later Sierra On-Line, Inc.) was an American video game developer and publisher based in Bellevue, Washington.

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Silent protagonist

In video games, a silent protagonist is a player character who lacks any dialogue for the entire duration of a game with the possible exception of occasional interjections or short phrases.

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Snow Crash

Snow Crash is a science fiction novel by American writer Neal Stephenson, published in 1992.

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Social media

Social media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.

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Social presence theory

Social presence theory was developed by John Short, Ederyn Williams, and Bruce Christie, although its main thesis and major points would appear to have been first described twenty years previously in the 1956 Isaac Asimov novel The Naked Sun.

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Social relation

In social science, a social relation or social interaction is any relationship between two or more individuals.

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Social status

Social status is the relative respect, competence, and deference accorded to people, groups, and organizations in a society.

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is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo.

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Stanford University

Stanford University (officially Leland Stanford Junior University, colloquially the Farm) is a private research university in Stanford, California.

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Star Wars

Star Wars is an American epic space opera media franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas.

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In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people.

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A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero or Super) is a type of heroic stock character, usually possessing supernatural or superhuman powers, who is dedicated to fighting the evil of his/her universe, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains.

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A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

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Technoself studies

Technoself studies, commonly referred to as TSS, is an emerging, interdisciplinarity domain of scholarly research dealing with all aspects of human identity in a technological societyLuppicini pp.

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The Guild (web series)

The Guild is an American comedy web series created and written by Felicia Day, who also stars as Cyd Sherman (AKA Codex).

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The Palace (computer program)

The Palace (or Palace Chat, Chat Palace, Palace) is a computer program to access graphical chat room servers, called palaces, in which users may interact with one another using graphical avatars overlaid on a graphical backdrop.

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The Secret of Monkey Island

The Secret of Monkey Island is a point-and-click graphic adventure game developed and published by Lucasfilm Games.

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The Shockwave Rider

The Shockwave Rider is a science fiction novel by John Brunner, originally published in 1975.

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The Simpsons

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.

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There (virtual world)

There is a 3D online virtual world created by Will Harvey and Jeffrey Ventrella.

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Thumbnails are reduced-size versions of pictures or videos, used to help in recognizing and organizing them, serving the same role for images as a normal text index does for words.

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Transformed social interaction

Transformed social interaction (TSI) is a research paradigm and theoretical framework related to social interaction in virtual environments.

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True Names

True Names is a 1981 science fiction novella by Vernor Vinge, considered a seminal work of the cyberpunk genre.

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Ty Girlz

Ty Girlz are girl dolls manufactured by Ty Inc. Similar to the Ty Beanie Babies the Ty Girlz are on a limited release pattern with dolls being introduced and older ones retired at various times.

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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, first released in 1985 for the Apple II, is the fourth in the series of Ultima role-playing video games.

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In computer networks, to upload is to send data to a remote system such as a server or another client so that the remote system can store a copy.

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User (computing)

A user is a person who utilizes a computer or network service.

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Vernor Vinge

Vernor Steffen Vinge (born October 2, 1944) is an American science fiction author and retired professor.

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Video game

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.

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Virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is a software agent that can perform tasks or services for an individual.

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Virtual community

A virtual community is a social network of individuals who interact through specific social media, potentially crossing geographical and political boundaries in order to pursue mutual interests or goals.

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Virtual Places Chat

Virtual Places Chat is software that uses the paradigm that any web page on the Internet is a chat room – or Virtual Place – if one or more people are viewing the page with the VPchat program.

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Virtual world

A virtual world is a computer-based simulated environment which may be populated by many users who can create a personal avatar, and simultaneously and independently explore the virtual world, participate in its activities and communicate with others.

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Web series

A web series is a series of scripted or non-scripted videos, generally in episodic form, released on the Internet and part of the web television medium, which first emerged in the late 1990s and become more prominent in the early 2000s (decade).

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Webkinz are stuffed animals that have a playable online counterpart, www.webkinz.com, in "Webkinz World." Webkinz were originally released by the Canadian toy company Ganz on April 29, 2005.

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WeeWorld was an online game and messaging website, originally created in 2002 with a company that was based in Glasgow, Scotland, with a few offices in London and Boston, as well as the USA.

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The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006.

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Wii Sports

Wii Sports is a 2006 sports game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console.

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Wired (magazine)

Wired is a monthly American magazine, published in print and online editions, that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics.

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Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft.

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Xbox Live

Xbox Live is an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service created and operated by Microsoft.

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(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar

"(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar" is a 2009 song created and performed by the cast of the web series The Guild, with lead vocals by singer-actress Felicia Day.

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3D computer graphics

3D computer graphics or three-dimensional computer graphics, (in contrast to 2D computer graphics) are graphics that use a three-dimensional representation of geometric data (often Cartesian) that is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images.

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