Avatars are no longer known only for being the virtual toys of hard-core online gamers. The word avatar is losing its exotic, tech-geek luster in part because of a growing...

Avatars are no longer known only for being the virtual toys of hard-core online gamers. The word "avatar" is losing its exotic, tech-geek luster in part because of a growing acceptance of "life" taking place on the Web. With so many people and businesses participating in avatar-related sites and activities like Second Life and World of Warcraft, and with more just around the corner, the avatar population could soon explode dramatically.

New technologies could further encourage avatar growth. From the Christian Science Monitor article "Is this the age of the online avatar?":

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