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The Social Life of Avatars: Presence and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments

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Virtual reality technology has been developed commercially since the early 1990s but it is only recently, with the popularity of the internet, that it has become feasible to link many users simultaneously in shared virtual environments. This raises a number of interesting questions such as: what is the difference between face-to-face and avatar-to-avatar interaction? What patterns govern the formation of virtual communities? How does the appearance of the avatar change the nature of the communication? There has been much speculation about issues such as these but research is still at a relatively early stage. This is the first book to bring together work from relevant disciplines to form a reference guide for practitioners, students and researchers interested in how we interact in computer-generated environments. It contains contributions from most of the key people in this area (including Microsoft Research's Virtual Worlds Group) and presents their findings in a way which is accessible to readers who are new to this field or who come from related areas. It is divided into 2 parts; chapters 2-6 deal with internet-based virtual worlds which have been widely used by the public; chapters 7-10 deal with networked VR systems which have been primarily used in pilot studies and research. Some chapters take the viewpoint of a participant observer, whilst others take a more experimental approach and assess the results of relevant trials. This book will be essential reading for anyone involved in developing, using or researching virtual worlds, and will also be of interest to students on courses such as VR and Computer-mediated communication.

Table of Contents

Social interaction in virtual environments : key issues, common themes, and a framework for research / Ralph Schroeder — Social conventions in computer-mediated communication : a comparison of three online shared virtual environments / Barbara Becker and Gloria Mark — Living digitally : embodiment in virtual worlds / T.L. Tayor — Rest in peace, Bill the bot : Death and life in virtual worlds / Mikael Jakobsson — 30 days in active worlds : community, design, and terrorism in a virtual world / Andrew Hudson-Smith — Lessons learned : building and deploying shared virtual environments / Lili Cheng, Shelly Farnham, and Linda Stone — The long-term uses of shared virtual environments : an exploratory study / Alexander Nilsson ... [et al.] — Social influence within immersive virtual environments / Jim Blascovich — Meeting people virtually : experiments in shared virtual environments / Mel Slater and Anthony Steed — Collaboration in multi-modal virtual worlds : comparing touch, text, and voice and video / Eva-Lotta Salln

Product Details

ISBN:
3330000229620
Subtitle:
Presence and Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments
Publisher:
Springer
Author:
Schroeder, Ralph
Subject:
Computer animation
Subject:
Virtual Reality
Subject:
Desktop publishing
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence
Subject:
Desktop Publishing - General
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence - General
Subject:
Avatars (Computer graphics)
Subject:
Virtual World
Subject:
Digital Media - Desktop Publishing
Subject:
Intelligence (AI) & Semantics
Subject:
User Interfaces
Subject:
CSCW
Subject:
Computer graphics
Subject:
Computer Mediated Communication
Subject:
Environments
Subject:
HCI
Subject:
User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
Subject:
Multimedia-Virtual Reality
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
223

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Artificial Intelligence » General
Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » General
Computers and Internet » Desktop Publishing » General
Computers and Internet » Graphics » Digital Media » Video and Animation
Computers and Internet » Graphics » General
Computers and Internet » Graphics » User Interface
Computers and Internet » Multimedia » Virtual Reality

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