Year: 2013

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    Modern Cities and the Quest for Community

    Dec 11, 2013 5:04pm | by Marie Alcober

    When the Internet was invented, everyone assumed people would move out to the country. After all, given the choice to communicate remotely and do business from anywhere, who wouldn’t want to live in the countryside with acres of rolling hills and babbling brooks? In its infancy, the Internet posed a threat to community. The thinking […]

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    Creating an Online Avatar: The How and Why

    Dec 4, 2013 3:56pm | by Marie Alcober

    The moment of creating an online avatar is a pivotal one in the virtual world. It is the act that sets the foundation for everything that will come next in the journey. The avatar you create will shape your experience of the world. And the traits, skills and characteristics you choose will impact how you […]

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    Why We Do Things That Are Difficult

    Nov 28, 2013 10:00am | by Ramona Pringle

    “At the end of the day, I feel like I have accomplished something.” I remember the line as if it were yesterday, though in fact it was over four years ago. I was fascinated and conflicted when I heard it then, and even though I have tossed the sentence around in my head for all […]

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    The Cosmopolitan World of World of Warcraft

    Nov 25, 2013 9:52am | by Marie Alcober

    Everyone thinks of World of Warcraft (WoW) as a virtual fantasy world. But it’s more than that. It’s also a cosmopolitan world, with a massive number of unique characters interacting with each other. How virtual worlds like this foster and shape our interactions, online and in real life, is the focus of the narrative exploration […]

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    Virtual Worlds: Online and in Real Life

    Nov 21, 2013 3:40pm | by admin

      World of Warcraft, Second Life, Minecraft. The image that comes to mind when most of us hear the term ‘virtual worlds’ is something post ‘VR’ – but pre – Google Glass, pixelated digital environments populated by low-fi renderings of humanoid avatars. Something needs an update. Maybe it’s the way we think of these digital […]

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    What Is An Avatar?

    Nov 18, 2013 9:31am | by Marie Alcober

    In Hinduism, an avatar is the incarnation of a deity. These days, the word “avatar” mostly comes up in conversations surrounding virtual games, social networks, and online forums.

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    Cross-Media Forum Recap: Journeys Far and Wide

    Oct 23, 2013 3:28pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Last week, two of us from the Avatar Secrets team — creative director Michaele Jordana and myself — flew to London, UK to participate in Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum, presenting with the Canadian delegation during the Pixel Pitch and participating in the Pixel Market.

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    Avatar Secrets At Power To The Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum

    Oct 8, 2013 6:26pm | by Julie Giles

    Writer/director Ramona Pringle (Avatar Secrets) will be one of five Canadian digital media producers selected to participate in this year’s Cross-Media Forum in London, England. This is the seventh year for the prestigious event which is organized by Power to the Pixel in association with the BFI London Film Festival. The annual conference showcases the […]

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    Social Media Week Wrap Up: After The Avatar Secrets Trailer Launch

    Oct 3, 2013 4:44pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Last week we launched the trailer for Avatar Secrets to a packed house at The Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto, as part of Social Media Week. The premiere was the first of it’s kind for Social Media Week – launching original creative content during the event – a first for the creative community, and a […]

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    The Beginning… How Avatar Secrets Came To Be

    Oct 2, 2013 4:00pm | by Ramona Pringle

    “Where did you get the idea for Avatar Secrets?” It’s a question I get asked frequently, and the truth is, as much as I found it… This story found me. Through a series of events — explored in the documentary itself, and which I’ll share here — I came to feel more and more that […]