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  • By: Lori Kendall
  • In: Encyclopedia of New Media
  • Edited by: Steve Jones
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies

An avatar is the graphical representation of a user in an interactive online chat or game environment. Primarily used in virtual chat environments such as ActiveWorlds (http://ActiveWorlds.com), VZones (http://Avaterra.com, Inc.), and Black Sun Virtual Worlds (blaxxun interactive), the term originated in ...

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