Online gamers unmasked

Rolf Coppens
June 20th 2006


Photojournalist Robbie Cooper captured images of gamers and their real-life selves. Here are their stories.

Bae plays a man because she thinks that male avatars have more charisma, she wants to "project strength", and all the "masters" in the game have male avatars. She says if she had to play the game alone she wouldn't bother. Initially, she was attracted to it because she thought it looked beautiful, but the social element has become part of her life. Her guild meets up regularly.

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Posted 22/04/2006 – 16:53

Yeah I also want to see/read more!
Very nice blog btw.

Posted 06/03/2006 – 02:39

Great pictures indeed! Is there a link to a website or did you not find it online?

Posted 05/03/2006 – 20:50

I think this is pretty interesting.. The notion of the real and virtual body is changing through these kind of games / online worlds.

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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