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  • Avatar Alteration in Games: A Framework

    [03.29.12]
    - Victoria Earl

  • Future Research

    Although the types of avatar alteration are meant to cover any type of avatar change possible, the subtypes listed for each type are far from all-inclusive. The examples given should hopefully provide a guide to creating more subtypes of each alteration type. Games listed as examples are likewise only a small sample of the games that include avatar alteration.

    By defining these types of alteration and giving examples for each, future research may build upon the definitions in this paper to explore and measure the impact of avatar alteration in games. Researchers may further expand and explore the different alteration types, use the types to structure research of a specific game or explore games that combine these types or blur the boundaries between them. Exploring all the different aspects of avatar alteration in single- and multiplayer games may provide insights to the relationship between game designers, avatars and players.

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