Month: November 2013

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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.