In Our Image: Gamers Compared to Their In-Game Avatars

Photojournalist Robbie Cooper spent three years searching the world for virtual world gamers, photographing them and comparing them to the avatars they created in their respective games. So what do our avatars say about us? If we design an avatar of the opposite sex, does this say something about our internal desires? Do our avatars ultimately embody everything we wish we were?

Cooper explores these questions and more in his book Alter Ego, exploring the stories behind the avatars. Gaming ultimately allows us to live a life that we can only fantasize about living in the real world. Gaming can be equally entertaining and an exploration of escapism. Hit the jump for some of our favorite gamer-vs-avatar images.

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