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

Travis Nixon tnixon at avalanchesoftware.com
Fri Dec 14 11:19:37 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001


From: "Koster, Raph" <rkoster at soe.sony.com>

> The specific citation they are looking for is its use as a VR
> avatar, a representative of a person in virtual space, which
> leaves the Anderson book out. They seem to think this usage
> originated in SF, and that it specifically originated in Snow
> Crash. The Hindu (and original!) definition is almost certainly
> out of bounds for their purposes. I fired off an email to the
> listed contact with some inquiries--we'll see what comes of it.

Why is the hindu meaning out of bounds?  Seems a rather silly
requirement, given that the term has its roots in the Hindu meaning.

I guess I just don't understand why you would try to trace the
history of something and then say "the history ends here" when it
obviously doesn't.

:)


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