[MUD-Dev] First use of "avatar"?
mats at avatargate.com
Wed Dec 12 21:47:38 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001
----- Original Message -----
From: "Koster, Raph" <rkoster at soe.sony.com>
> The OED is doing a pilot project to incorporate a large number of
> words derived from SF. You can read about it here:
> One in particular that caught my eye was this entry:
> avatar (n.) antedating 1992 (in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash)
> sense is a VR representation of a person
I got this piece on "avatar":
av-a-tar (plural av-a-tars) noun
1. incarnation of Hindu deity: an incarnation of a Hindu deity
in human or animal form, especially one of the incarnations of
Vishnu such as Rama and Krishna.
2. embodiment of something: somebody who embodies, personifies,
or is the manifestation of an idea or concept.
3. COMPUTING image of person in virtual reality: a movable image
that can be used to represent somebody in cyberspace, for
example, an Internet user.
Back in '95 it was called avatars in Habitat/WorldsAway and I can't
remember I've heard it called anything else. Never heard "toon"
being used, but I'd guess that's a remnant from MS ToonChat.
Just my 2 cents worth :)
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