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Faces behind the avatars

Photographer Robbie Cooper’s project “Alter Ego” is a fascinating series in which he spent three years traveling around the world to snap portraits of people who participate in virtual world games or MMORPG such as City of Heroes, EVE, Second Life, and World of Warcraft. He then juxtaposes their photos with an image of their online avatar. What is interesting to me is how these photographs both paradoxically affirm and break stereotypes of gamers and people who engage in these worlds. Semi-relatedly, this is possibly my all time favorite meme (+16 million views on YouTube) to emerge from World of Warcraft: Lerrroooy!!!