Online games characters, avatars, and identity

  title={Online games characters, avatars, and identity},
  author={Jan Van Looy},
Digital games play an important role in identity construction by offering role models with whom players can identify and whose behavior they can imitate. Unlike traditional media, digital games support monadic identification implying a change in self-perception during gameplay. Two mechanisms underlie this mental association: perceived similarity and wishfulness, which is driven by the player's desire to be more like their avatar. According to self-discrepancy theory, identifying with a game… CONTINUE READING