Author: Marie Alcober

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    GamerGate: What is it and why is it rocking the [gaming] world?

    Oct 1, 2014 10:00am | by Marie Alcober

    If you’ve read any major online publication of late, you’ll have come across the term Gamer Gate — the online war rippling across the video game industry with no end in sight. While much of the fighting has occurred online, documented under the hashtag #GamerGate on platforms like Twitter and Tumblr, many women have felt […]




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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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    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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    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.