[MUD-Dev] First use of "avatar"?

Christopher Kohnert chris at achaea.com
Wed Dec 12 17:00:50 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001

Travis Casey wrote:
> Well, it was used by the Hindus, wasn't it?  I'd even say that it
> was used by them to mean a VR representation of a person -- that
> "person" is a god, and the VR they're creating an extension into
> is Maya, the world illusion.  It's not a *computer-generated* VR,
> but it's also not considered to be "real" reality.
> "avatar" is also the name of the "root" account on some Unix
> systems.  I don't know how far back that practice goes.

*cough softly* Isn't the point of a science fiction dictionary to
define the term in relation to _science fiction_, not computer
systems or games or hindu religion?

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