Virtual Worlds Avatars
For many people, being able to create your own virtual worlds avatars is the main reason for participating in virtual reality websites. This is no surprise when you think about the games of dress-up that children play, the popularity of dressing up for Halloween for both kids and adults, and the attraction many adults have for the theater, movies and other forms of vicarious entertainment. In fact, throughout the history of human beings, and across all cultures, costumes have played a part in everyday life and in rituals since people first started walking upright. But online virtual worlds make it easier than ever for people to express parts of themselves that sometimes even they didn’t know existed, whether it’s role-playing in a different profession or as a different gender.
Avatars for adults
Both men and women enjoy outfitting their virtual worlds avatars. If you need evidence, just take a look at
the Marketplace in Second Life
, it’s full of sexy lingerie and high heels for the female avatars, but there’s no guarantee that the real persona behind the virtual femme fatal is a gal. And there is plenty of ‘gear’ made for male avatars, too. From wing-tip dress shoes to military-type outfits complete with weapons and ammunition belts, the varieties of accessories available for male avatars are endless. And then there are the tattoos, animal tails and ears, and other changeable body parts that make self-expression via avatar such an appealing pastime.
Avatars for children
Kids have a natural affinity for role-playing, since most of their young years are spent trying out behaviors they observe and playing make-believe. So the challenge for parents is to find safe websites where their kids can do this online. One role-playing website that children enjoy is
Kids create their WeeMee avatar by choosing gender, head shape, skin and eye color. Then they can chat with other kids online or play games to win prizes. The graphics are simple 2-dimensional cartoon representations, and the site is easy to navigate.
Avatars for teens
Older kids enjoy hanging out in
They can let their imaginations run wild by adding wings or virtual versions of the latest fashion accessories. Both public places and private rooms are available to play in. As in real life, this arrangement is perfect for those teens who love to socialize by going to dances and hanging out at the mall. But they also like to have control over their own space to decorate, try on new clothes, play music and invite their best friends over for a visit. Of course, shopping for outfits and accessories for their virtual worlds avatars is a big part of the fun.
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