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  • Jane McGonigal
    "the most thoughtful respondent in games, barring none"
  • Kendall Walton
    "wonderfully refreshing and inventive"

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Chris, do you think the title of the movie Avatar (which I haven't seen) is appropriate then? It seems that we are right into the representative function there - the doll, and not the avatar (according to your distinction).

Well of course 'Avatar' as a term goes back to Vedic (Hindu) sources, so the title of the movie can be read in this light as well as in the videogame light. The hybrid bodies in that movie which are dubbed 'avatars' have the doll function, as you allude, in that they are created to allow a human to function among the Na'vi, while the tubes the individuals climb into provide the avatar function. But really, what I'm gesturing at in this piece is a world apart from the movie 'Avatar'. :)

Best wishes!

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