But a virtual self need not look like me. Perhaps I've always dreamed of looking different, sporting wild red hair, face paint, bigger arms, and anime style nub of a nose. Nah. Turns out I've always wanted to wear an orange Hawaiian shirt.
Could the future of on-line activity bring photo-realistic avatars like CNN's controversial holograms? Let's hope not. The detail in the picture to the left is about as much as I want to show. And what if I did want my avatar to be a 7" tall elf with green skin? If avatars showed the real me then I would have to cosplay everytime I fire up Halo 3.
The point is that avatars provide a friendler interface than static user pictures. They can move, look around, and dance. They can even play games for you.
Huzaa to avatars!
Tagged: just silly