Body and mind: a study of avatar personalization in three virtual worlds

@inproceedings{Ducheneaut2009BodyAM,
  title={Body and mind: a study of avatar personalization in three virtual worlds},
  author={Nicolas Ducheneaut and Ming-Hui Wen and Nicholas Yee and Greg Wadley},
  booktitle={CHI},
  year={2009}
}
An increasingly large number of users connect to virtual worlds on a regular basis to conduct activities ranging from gaming to business meetings. In all these worlds, users project themselves into the environment via an avatar: a 3D body which they control and whose appearance is often customizable. However, considering the prevalence of this form of embodiment, there is a surprising lack of data about how and why users customize their avatar, as well as how easy and satisfying the existing… CONTINUE READING
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