The avatar effect…

Video games are imaginative play.  Step into any pre-school classroom and you will encounter imaginative play.  Children have no hang-ups and can easily immerse themselves in a character and play.  We learn to edit ourselves as we age and grow boundaries that prevent us from experimenting with this type of play as we grow.  BUT video games and virtual realities provide a safe environment to experiment again.  It is ok because it is not me!  My avatar does all of these things, not me.  I am free to be someone other than myself and no one will judge me or think less of me.

With all of that in mind, of course our interaction with computers is theatrical.  It is a big fancy stage that we can mold or shape as we wish, and if we change our mind we can start over…

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