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

Richard A. Bartle richard at mud.co.uk
Wed Dec 12 23:53:51 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001


On Tuesday, December 11, 2001, Raph Koster wrote:

>   avatar (n.) antedating 1992 (in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash)
>   sense is a VR representation of a person

> I want to say that avatar was used before Snow Crash. Am I wrong?

Would you count the Avatar of "Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar" as a
use of the word "Avatar" in a VR context? If so, it was released in
1985.

Richard

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