This essay examines the relationship between the player and the avatar, but his question regards how we relate to others’ avatars and players. The avatar, a digital incarnation of the Self, “is the embodied manifestation of the player’s engagement with the game-world”; “it incorporates the player and disciplines his/her body”. The avatar is the means – the position – by way of which the player is able to function as an actant in the virtual world. It is not a fracture with the Self, but an extension to another oneself. But this redoubling (dual actant) interferes in the relationship of the player with Otherness (“the actual/virtual Other as a whole”): social relations in virtual worlds are actually intra-subjective, “wholly played out within the pole of Selfness”. After showing that the visual perspective commonly used to access virtual environments is semi-subjective, the article argues that this does not allow a truly empathic connection with Otherness. Technological mediation frustrates the communication of emotions, and this is strengthened by the limitations of simulated worlds – whereas cinema, for example, has developed sophisticated techniques that, in part at least, overcome this issue. The bodily-enforced experience of computer games seems to have its own specific drawbacks.

(2009). Adamant Bodies. The Avatar-Body and the Problem of Autoempathy [journal article - articolo]. In E/C. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/178884

Adamant Bodies. The Avatar-Body and the Problem of Autoempathy

D'Aloia, Adriano
2009

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This essay examines the relationship between the player and the avatar, but his question regards how we relate to others’ avatars and players. The avatar, a digital incarnation of the Self, “is the embodied manifestation of the player’s engagement with the game-world”; “it incorporates the player and disciplines his/her body”. The avatar is the means – the position – by way of which the player is able to function as an actant in the virtual world. It is not a fracture with the Self, but an extension to another oneself. But this redoubling (dual actant) interferes in the relationship of the player with Otherness (“the actual/virtual Other as a whole”): social relations in virtual worlds are actually intra-subjective, “wholly played out within the pole of Selfness”. After showing that the visual perspective commonly used to access virtual environments is semi-subjective, the article argues that this does not allow a truly empathic connection with Otherness. Technological mediation frustrates the communication of emotions, and this is strengthened by the limitations of simulated worlds – whereas cinema, for example, has developed sophisticated techniques that, in part at least, overcome this issue. The bodily-enforced experience of computer games seems to have its own specific drawbacks.
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(2009). Adamant Bodies. The Avatar-Body and the Problem of Autoempathy [journal article - articolo]. In E/C. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/178884
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