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When I first studied the Palace community,comparing it to these other worlds was an important step in understanding its unique features as well as the universal features of many, if not all, online communities. Unfortunately, my knowledge of these other environments was limited.

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I myself kept many gems, troll hides, etc. But, not having a monetary chat on Palace doesn't stop people from creating their own value system. I think that is why the name and prop issue rooks so much more intense on Palace. I've never EVER seen such heated debate over that issue before! Certainly nobody on AOL, or here in Realms discusses such things. They accept that if someone else rooma their name, they have to choose another. But on Palace, it is a huge issue.

Ironically, jbum deliberately indian local sex chat kilgore phone an environment where people could have far more freedom in choosing names. Like with AOL, on Realms I'm limited to the of names I can have at a given time and if I change it, I have to delete my amateur video chat which means losing all those levels I doubt the freedom to be anonymous and change your name on a whim will survive.

People are too programmed to "own" things. And when they don't have money, they create something else to "own. Guess our ego's are too huge : Palace differs from other worlds in two important respects. First, it does not revolve around any specific game - although the politics and intricate variety of social dramas that parallel real life may be considered the "game" the game of life.

These issues point to a more basic need that must be satisfied in any online community - avwtar need for a unique, effective identity. Onlive Traveler I don't have a microphone! Have to get one. Graphics avarar WAY cool. Again, 3D, 1st person view though. Like Palace, you can create your own with and chat. Oddly, I wish they had a chat-log option. It is a novelty right now. Still awkward to use. And, in some ways, I don't like hearing the voices. Sometimes, wih is better : Some online communities, through video and audio technology, will move towards ever more realistic imitations of "real world" face-to-face avatars.

Still other worlds may avoid with technology altogether in order to allow the imagination to witu all the walking. Didn't like going into rooms of strangers. But some people LOVE this program. And in many ways, it is more sophisticated as a social environment because people enter it without a mask. They are brave enough to be themselves. I admire that in folks who use CU. In some avatar, I think people who have been on chat a long time graduate to a CU environment.

They no longer need to be anonymous. In what follows, Passion from Worlds Away compares her world to Palace. She focused on ideas about deviance that I discuss in my article on avatar behavior at the Palace. Mischievous Pranks Avatars in WA also commit mischievous pranks. And they do try to 'get away with something' but not by playing jokes, mostly by hacking, stealing or scamming. There is no 'msay' or ' spoofing ' in WA because that ability is not built into the software.

Hacking Hacking is a major problem for chqt WA Oracles. Many instances of hacking have occurred in the lifespan of the service. In order to keep all users point of view current, the WA server frequently gives 'remote updates' where new objects, abilities, etc. These updates are stored under a directory called the 'mag' directory. In that directory are '.

Hackers decompile these. Altering these files can sometimes give an avatar an ability that has not been introduced to the down for fwb texting friends w e by the Oracles, or is an ability that is present but not in use and planned for the future. When the hacker finds a successful hack, they distribute the altered. Most of the time, the hacks can only be seen only on a user's room or by those who also have the same hack who are also on screen.

This is because the room is programmed 'not to trust the client'.

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So for everyone to see the new ability, it has to be given a server permission for all to see the change. These hacks have become more sophisticated with time and the rumors of what these hacked. For example, there was a 'sit patch' that was distributed to many users. Only the users who had this 'sit patch' installed on their hard drive could see themselves sit on screen. Later on, another 'sit patch' was distributed where in all could see the avatar sit, whether or not the users had the patch, and the server was fooled.

Online communities are technological communities. Similar motives underlie the other anti-social behaviors, such as stealing, scamming, flooding, and blocking. Being the "bad boy" or girl is one way to establish an identity. Stealing An avatar can hold an object in their hand and pass it to someone if they so choose. If the avatar places the object on the ground, it's up for the taking and usually is taken.

If the avatar trusts the other avatars in a full locale and places the item on the ground, most likely it will stay for a period of time. However, if an avatar crashes or leaves the locale, this leaves a space and opportunity for another avatar come down who may not be so honest and go for the goods on the ground. The divorced chat has a default name for a turf when an avatar rents one with the automated building manager.

There are 4 rental plans, 1-room, 2-room, 3-room, and 4-room turfs. The more rooms in the turf, the more expensive. The default name is 'Chez avatarname ' Thieves know this, so new and naive avatars rent a turf and accept the default name instead of giving it a name that is unique and hard to guess. The thieves stand by the elevator with their back to the screen anti-social behavior here and click on all avatars who pass into the region to use the elevator, hoping that the avatar was naive enough to accept the default name.

The thieves click on each avatar coming in and attempt to 'follow' behind an avatar who may have used the default name which is painfully obvious to the thief. The thief arrives in men live chat turf and steals all they can. Savvy avatars know the turf security controls, naive and new avatars have not yet had the chance to familiarize themselves with security and it is too late, the thief gets in and robs them blind.

Stealing also often occurs in public locales during large gatherings. Avatars have no security features in a public locale, only in their turf of which they are an owner avatars can also 'share' a turf. The only security available is keeping the locale full 6 avs maximum so that potential thieves can not materialize. Usually, when these large and highly publicized events take place, the ghost count is very high. Therefore Thieves clamor to these events so that when they steal, they are seen by many people who will be upset that they are stealing or perhaps an acolyte.

My hypothesis is that the thieves know of what is called 'the void' a cloned, blank locale that you cannot leave unless and Oracle transports you out. Most thieves who have never seen it 'want' to go there so that they can have room to others that they have been there. If they go to an room where there are many present, the exposure rate skyrockets their potential of being sent to the void.

The more the community is outraged, the better chance of a trip to the void for them. Of course when they get there they scream to get out for days. They find it is not the little extra world for thieves as they had thought. If an item is stolen, the avatar usually considers it gone as the thief has to willingly chat it back which rarely happens.

Community pressure and shunning the thief at times is effective. This depends on how much the thieving avatar can take being shunned by the society. Users are usually outraged at the amount of time that an avatar is allowed to continue thieving before some action is taken. Scamming Scamming is also very common in WA.

Some scams are considered 'small-time' where as others can be elaborate malicious schemes that usually get pulled off. It depends on the savviness of the users and most 'small-time' scams usually only work on newbies and do not work on avatars who have 'been around the block'. A small time scam can occur in 2 forms: 1 An avatar may approach an unsuspecting newbie with the promise of a new 'head' or 'avatar customization' in exchange for the newbie's default head. The newbie not knowing any better hands over his head and it is therefore stolen.

The default head is quite ugly an the first thing a person wants to do is obtain a better one but you need tokens for that. So false promises of tokens or a better head usually do the newbie in all the time. This scam can occur within in minutes of a newbie arriving in WA as scammers wait and prey on newbies as they first enter the world. Some items are extremely rare and most oldtimers know the value of specific items.

When two avatars decide they would like to sell something to each other, usually the avatar with the item for sale asks for the money to be passed first from the buyer. The seller receives the money, counts it, then puts the money away. At this point it is expected that the seller will then pass the item to the buyer. However, it does not always happen that way. Dishonest avatars ask for the money to be passed first, then run off with the money.

Or a dishonest avatar who is the buyer can ask for the item first, then run off with chat rooms bbw item without paying for it. The community is full of trustworthy avatars who are not acolytes. At times this collection of trustworthy individuals will act as a 'mediary' to the sale or act as a 'middle-man'. The Mediary will hold onto the money while the seller passes the item to the buyer. When the seller has counted the money to be sure it is the correct amount agreed, the mediary passes the item for sale to the buyer.

Most of the time, avatars acolytes for this sort of mediation. If an acolyte is not on duty, then a trusted avatar is used. Trusted avatars are usually those who host weekly events, own successful businesses, or are just known to be trusted especially if they are extremely well-known and have no reason to steal.

Scams can become even more sophisticated. The sophisticated scam is usually targeted towards, wealthy, and well-known avatars. When these situations occur, the community usually responds with 'well you should have known better. Usually the avatar popularity is a basis for how the scam would be orchestrated. For example, a wealthy avatar usually hangs out with other wealthy avatars.

So therefore it is general knowledge of who this targeted avatar hangs out with and is close with. A scammer can 'assume' an identity of a trust friend of this targeted avatar and name themselves a variation of this friend and therefore ask innocently to 'try on their head' and the target will hand it over thinking this is their long time trusted friend.

If the target does not click on his 'friend' to ID the person first and hands it over they may realize when it's too late that this is not who they thought and are therefore a victim. Flooding WA avatars have what is called 'emoticons' available to them. They can add an f3 command into their speech entry which will make their avatar smile at the time a happy statement is made.

At times an avatar will place a full line of 'emoticons' in their speech entry and send it to the server free adult chat roulette them jump or wave many times. This is viewed as a 'disruption' to a locale. The user also can change the color of the face or add to it one or more props, such as hats, wigs, scarfs, devil horns, a halo, a glass of beer, a bicycle, etc.

Because the faces and props can be mixed and matched, users have at their disposal an almost infinite array of combinations to express themselves. Want to drink a beer and smile? Do it! Want to poke at someone who irritates you. Put on that frown and pitchfork! As such, the standard set of avs are deed very cleverly and offer a wide range of behavioral and emotional expression. Because you quickly can shift the daiting chat a variety of facial gestures to convey your emotional state, one member, Heyoka, told me these smileys are her avatars of choice.

She is the exception rather than the rule. Most longstanding members of Palace rarely use them. In fact, some of them HATE the smileys. On another level, though, he quite accurately touches on a pervasive attitude among many Palace members. The standard avs are associated with newbies, whom some consider a lower class in the Palace population. They are fresh arrivals who do not understand the Palace culture and have not yet established their identity and status in it.

In the early days of Palace, new users who had not registered their software i. They did not have the power create their OWN customized avatars, which is tantamount to establishing your own unique identity among a horde of avatars. Even for users who have that power, failing to create and display your own personal avs is taken as a that you don't know how to.

The bottom line: to wear a standard smiley is to look like a newbie. This le to the second major category of avatars - those created by the members themselves. This is the key to what is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the Palace. Visually, you can be anything you want. Only your graphics skills and imagination limit you. Early in the development of Palace, Bumgardner noticed that people highly preferred the custom faces over the more anonymous smileys.

In cyberspace, most people don't want to be totally anonymous. But they DO like control over how their identity is expressed They like it a lot. Hang out at the Palace for any length of time and a seemingly endless parade of avs of all shapes, colors, and styles pass before your eyes. Visit the Palace everyday, and within a few weeks your prop file where the client program automatically stores any new image it encounters can blossom to 10, 20, 30 withs fortunately, there is an option to purge this file.

What kinds of avatars do members create for themselves? Some are pictures or icons borrowed from internet archives, scanned from hardcopy, or taken from other digital sources. Users might edit or combine these pictures according to their particular tastes. Some artistic members create props from scratch, although this is a fairly rare - and envious - skill. The technical and artistic ability one demonstrates through personal avs is an important source of self-esteem and social status.

We social scientists love to categorize the phenomena we study. So allow me to indulge my professional inclinations. One way to dc hotties chat dc avs would be to use well-known personality types as a guideline - for example, McWilliams system for psychoanalytic diagnosis.

Although these types described by McWilliams are for clinical diagnosis, when translated to a non-pathological dimension, they also are very useful in categorizing "normal" personalities. The theme, characteristics, or interpersonal impact of an avatar may be closely associated with one of these specific types. Here I'll outline several different of custom avatars. By no means is this list definitive or exhaustive. There are many ways to slice a pie.

I've chosen these partly because some of them are fairly obvious, and partly because each one conveys interesting psychological and social themes - themes that, in some cases, overlap with the personality types described above. Some people come as their pets. Because animals symbolize certain traits or attributes in myth as well as popular culture e. Thinking in the tradition of the Native American, we might even regard an animal avatar as being an individuals "totem" - i.

Cartoon Avatars When Bumgardner deed the Palace, he specifically choose a "cartoony" atmosphere. For example, the balloons that pop out from one's head when speaking is a carry over from the world of comic strips. Bumgardner avatar that people would readily identify with this atmosphere and find it intuitively easy to use. The cartoony ambience also fosters a playful regression among users.

Bumgardner wanted people to feel like they were "getting away with something" - which surely is a familiar theme in comic strip plots. As a result, it's no surprise that cartoon props proliferate at the Palace. While younger users adolescents may be more inclined to don cartoon costumes, older members frequently use them as well.

The psychological chat with horny mature long beach female of the cartoon character probably affects the choice made by the user. People select characters with whom they identify or admire. Some cartoon characters have very specific cultural ificance and may even represent archetypal personality types e. Rather than relying on childhood cartoon figures, some adults wear cartoon avs of a more sophisticated style - some of these classified as "anime.

Celebrity Avatars Celebrity avatars tend to follow trends in popular culture. And like items in popular culture, they may quickly become epidemic and then disappear. There may be a variety of motives behind the use of these avs. People may use them to express personality traits or social issues that are associated with the celebrity's image sensuality, intelligence, power, corruption, rebellion, etc.

The user may identify with, desire, or be poking fun at these attributes. They may hope to bolster their self-esteem and identity by establishing their connection to the celebrity. They may simply wish to display a knowledge of current events in pop culture. Celebrity avs also advertise one's specific interests in entertainment in order to find like-minded users: "Hey, I like Seinfeld!

Anyone else out there like Seinfeld? Note how many Halloween costumes fit this category. As a form of sublimation, evil costumes allow people to safely - and even creatively - express their dark side. While some members may perv chat rooms an evil av as their facade for the with which may reflect their mood at html chat rooms timeothers may "flash" it as a momentary cue to others.

Mess with wizards, for example, and they may flash their evil av as a warning that they're getting annoyed and may pin, gag, or kill you. On one occasion, I witnessed a male come on to an attractive female member wearing a real face prop. When her attempts to brush him off failed, she flashed a nefarious looking skull at him. He quickly backed off.

Some people may use evil or aggressive avatars as a way consciously or unconsciously to alienate or "put off" other people. This might indicate their chat about intimacy and being vulnerable. Real Face Avatars Most users do not use pictures of themselves as their primary avatars. People prefer the partial anonymity of expressing only limited aspects of their personality through imaginative props. Or they simply enjoy the creative fun of experimenting with new identities through their avs.

In more rare cases, members find the use of real face avs to be an uncomfortable, dissociative experience. Showing one's real face av can be a very poignant experience. Several members have described to me encounters when an intimate conversation culminated in their companion showing a picture of themselves. They want be as "real" as possible. Some members develop an entire set of real face avatars.

Cleo, for example, deed each different one to convey a specific interpersonal message, such as "Hi! BRBand "Gimme Kiss. In some cases the avatar may be highly unusual or creative. Sometimes it is quite simple. Yet its association to the particular user is so strong that others experience it uniquely as that person. While trading props is a common practice, the owner of an idiosyncratic av rarely gives it away. It would be like giving one's identity to someone else to use.

Conscientious members also don't "steal" i. They respect its integrity. If someone does steal and attempts to wear an idio av, they must be willing to put up with criticism by the friends of the owner. Positional Avatars These avatars are deed by the member to be placed into specific positions within the Palace rooms.

The avatar may be created for a certain type of environment e. These avatars illustrate how the graphics of the Palace rooms are NOT simply "background" that have little impact on behavior. Free trial adult chat lines members are exquisitely sensitive to the graphical environment. Creating props to match and interact with the features of the room is a highly creative activity. Such avatars also are a of status.

By displaying them, the member is demonstrating a sophisticated awareness of the Palace environment as well as technical know-how in prop editing. Power Avatars Power avatars are symbols of Many, if not all, people have conscious or unconscious fantasies of omnipotence. Who wouldn't want strength and invulnerability? These types of avs seem to be most common among male adolescent users.

In some cases the power theme is benign. Sometimes not, which may be a variation of the "evil" avatar. Because competition invariably accompanies displays of power, members seem to vie with each other in creating the most "awesome" power av. This competition is probably more common among the adolescent users. Members who persistantly display power avs may be troubled by underlying feelings of helplessness and insecurity.

Seductive Avatars Frontal nudity, including uncovered breasts, are not permitted at the Palace.

Offenders first are warned by wizards, prop-gagged forced into the standard smileyand, if necessary, disconnected from the server. Adapting to these house rules, some users create avatars of partially naked or scantily clothed figures. Mischievious members sometimes push the envelope by wearing avs that test the limits and ambiguities of the rules.

Supreme court justices have had a hard time defining what is pornographic, so the task has been no easier for the officials who run the EC sites. Even though the rules have become very specific about what body parts can and cannot be visible in an av, borderline cases always pop up see The Bad Boys of Cyberspace.

Female seductive avatars tend to be more common than male - although these female avs sometimes are "manned" by with users see "Male Gender-Switching in Cyberspace". In fact, the general impression among members is that males are more likely to prop up as females, especially seductive females, than women dressing up as males. Members usually wear seductive avs to draw attention to themselves. This works very well. Male users, especially guests, agatar flock to a sexy female form.

Hottie usa chat owner may be interested in harmless flirting, or less frequently be advertising his or her availability for cybersex. I heard one story about someone's avatar friend who, roomw frustrated on the job, says "I need a Palace break" He then s onto the Palace dressed as a sexy female and lures guys into bedrooms. Being sexy not only gets you attention. It also gives you power and wvatar over others.

Some people wearing seductive avs wish to be admired as an attractive, sexy individual, without necessarily being interested in flirting or cybersex. Not quite sure, except that I chat love to be younger and more beautiful and some of my avatars are that indeed. Almost as if it's a contest," noted one member. As one member stated, "the stag with the biggest rack thing, ey? One member described how his prop of a cartoon animal didn't seem to be getting him much attention from females.

Most of them wouldn't talk to him. Curious about whether he could alter this situation, he searched the net and found a picture of Brad Pitt which he turned into a prop. The result? Lots of attention. If he happened to be wearing his cartoon prop and found that he was being ignored by a woman, he would move to another room, switch to Brad Pitt, and then return. Or he would switch to Pitt right in room of her.

Nine times out of ten, he said, the woman would strike up a conversation with him even if he hadn't said a word. He even established a relationship with someone who eventually wanted to wkth him face-to-face. Just because a prop chat sex room pretty to look at doesn't mean that the user is.

Nevertheless, that seductive av has tremendous drawing power. Perhaps some people enjoy the illusion of interacting with and hopefully winning over an attractive person.

Perhaps, as many critics of contemporary culture claim, some people can't resist the temptation of superficial appearances, despite knowing better. Because the Palace often feels like an ongoing party where people are going to flirt, playfully compete, vie for attention, and strut their stuff, it is almost a prerequisite that every experienced member owns a seductive av of some type. Rrooms at least one seductive av is a cultural must.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. As one member said, "I don't really think that sexy type props are for me, just wouldn't be a true representation of what I'm about. There is such a wide variety of avatars that it's impossible to neatly classify them all. The same is true chqt personality styles which is the origin of the prop.

Here let me briefly mention just a few other types of avatars. Truly bizarre pictures might make you wonder about the korean sex chat grasp of social appropriateness, or even their mental health. Such very unusual avs are most popular among adolescents - for whom extreme behavior is a way to express independence and individuality, and to test chay limits.

Billboard avatars are announcements of some sort - political, philosophical, personal. They are used by those who have avatar to say and are not reluctant to display their thoughts in a commercialized type format. Lifestyle withs, which are quite common and varied, depict some ificant aspect of a person's life - usually something to do with occupation, hobby, or personal habit.

It may wihh a way to attract like-minded individuals. Matching avatars are deed to accompany each other and indicate the connection or bonding between the with of members. Considerable imaginative and technical skills lifestyle chat rooms go into rolms such avatars. Clan avatars - are worn by members of the same social group, some might even say "gang. It reminds me of the chats in some bird species. The species identifies itself and its members by a basic template that serves as the collective song.

Yet each individual bird adds a wwith unique variation to that template in order to ify its individuality. Clan avs are avatar almost exclusively among adolescents for vhat belonging to a peer group - and conforming to its standards - is a developmental hallmark. Animated avatars contain motion, such as an eye tearing, a bird flying, or a flag waving. By visually diplaying "behavior" they can express a wide and subtle range of psychological meaning. Tapping a finger, blinking one's eyes, banging one's head against the wall - there are infinite expressive possibilties.

The motion usually is cyclical and repetitious, which - depending on avayar type of avatar - may convey a feeling of persistance, determination, mindlessness, or rhythmic peacefulness. Bigger is Not Woth The room size for an avatar is about 40x40 pixels. That's about as big as your average computer icon. When members create avtar first avatar, it's usually this size. It takes a bit more chat to master the technique of building large avs. Some members quickly get into a competitive feeling about whose is biggest - although the contest quickly qith at about x pixels, which is the technical limit.

Are there ificant psychological differences in who uses big and small props? People who like power avs tend to like big avs, especially big power avs. People may rely on prop size to gain attention and admiration. I've heard some members state that calgary chat users, especially male adolescents, like large props, while women tend to wear smaller props in general than men.

These hypotheses certainly are amenable to quantitative research. The general consensus among Palatians is that "bigger is not better. They take up a lot of precious space in a crowded room. They're a bit ostentatious. What matters more than size is the quality and style of your avatar. What matters is how you apply it to express yourself.

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Because members have chat control over their props, these elements are probably incisive cha s of the transitory ebb and flow, and overall developmental path, of Palace life. In cnat e-mail interviews with Bumgardner, he compared the history of props to biological evolution: "This room week I read "Naturalist" a memoir by the biologist Edward Free girls chat. Wilson, and a fine piece of writing.

My intent was to read something completely unrelated to the Palace, to take my mind off it, but I found Wilson's descriptions of island ecologies particularly relevant, as it turned out. In some ways one can compare Props to Plumage. More interesting, attractive or I might even say "powerful" props tend to propagate, while less interesting, avatar ones don't.

Some props have chzt incredible staying with - were created a long time ago and are still around, while others have had relatively short cycles. In addition there has cnat a marked evolution in the quality and size of props. A typical scene in Harry's bar this evening is quite different from a typical scene two months ago. There was a big influx of sexy lingerie-clad female props at the Valentine's party and interestingly those have continued.

Where competitive principles come in is that the overall quality of the rooms has been rising with time, as people keep up with the Joneses, and teach other how to make better looking props. Those with real staying power are those that best capture universal human themes - such as sex, aggression, power, and fat woman chat lines in los angeles. Other long-lasting props are those specifically adapted to the Palace environment e.

Carrying the biological analogy even further, Bumgardner suggested that the may be more specific than outlined ly in this article. For example - cartoon animals, cars, Japanese anime women. Those which are not "fit" eventually disappear into chat. Those that ARE fit survive, develop, become more refined. The overall trend towards more variety and subtlety in props not witj biological evolution points to a basic human need that Palace successfully satisfies - the need to pursue variety, to push cha envelop, to advance.

This diversity is boosted by the need for personal expression of an individual's identity. The most fit types of props survive, but people avxtar want and need to be unique - at least this is true of American culture. As Sammy Davis might have said, "I gotta be me. The are avatars that do not fall into the usual or species types and an almost infinite variety of subtle differences within the. This doesn't necessarily mean that avs become more complex or elaborate over time.

While this trend does tend to enhance individuality and uniqueness, avatar complexity can get unwieldy, inefficient, overly ostentatious. A push towards elegant simplicity counterbalances the quest for complexity, resulting in developmental ebbs and flows of avatar intricacy. A clear exception to this basic rule about avatar individuality are the clan props. Members sacrifice the quest for a totally unique visual appearance in order to belong to the group. Clan props are most likely to develop among adolescents.

They also will tend to evolve in a large, changing population where some users will attempt to gain status, influence, and identity by ing an established group, rather than by forging ahead on one's own. Taking It Personal Like masks of any kind, avatars hide and reveal at the same time. Behind it, people can conceal some personal things about themselves, but the av also selectively amplifies other aspects of their personalities.

It may reveal something about the member that otherwise is roojs immediately obvious - maybe not even obvious if you met that person in real life. Maybe not with obvious to the owners themselves. What users express in their props is not always a conscious choice. Sometimes it's unconscious. People may simply say that they are wearing a particular av because "I like it. But other people may know. On a few occasions at the Palace I suggested to the group that we play a " prop game.

One at a time, people take turns standing before the group and trying on a few of their favorite avatars. Free cgat to the room, the rest of us toss out ideas about how the with roms, its psychological connotations, its possible symbolisms. The question then becomes - does this say something about the owner? More often than not, it does. It is selected from personal avatar. Consciously or unconsciously, avatar condense a multitude of meaning into it.

They project their personality into it - who they are, who they wish to be, what they fear, what moves roims. In the prop game, by free-associating, the other members help unpack all the feelings and meanings condensed into the avatar. It's very much like interpreting dreams. Of course, the other members may be projecting their "own stuff" into the ideas that they toss out about a fellow Palatian's avatars. But that's OK. In fact, it says something about how they are perceiving and reacting towards their fellow Palatian.

It's what psychoanalysts call "transference. The Palace can be an entertaining, self-exploratory arena for expressing one's ideas, feelings, and creativity. It encourages people to want to sex chat jabaonkow with new identities - all in a highly visual fashion. Casually, and intuitively, people are playing the "prop game" all the time as they socialize at the Palace.

They display their different avatars and people give them feedback about it. In the chat of circumstances, one learns something about oneself as well as others. It feels like "playing," and indeed it is. Playing is just another way to explore identity. There is a serious side to playing. You don't steal someone else's toys. One sure xhat how attached members get to their avatars is their reaction when someone tries to "steal" one - especially if it's an idiosyncratic avatar, one that you put a lot of work into, or your "primary" or "home" avatar that you spend most of your time wearing.

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Your identity is tightly packed into these precious nuggets. That's how people recognize you as unique. When someone takes it with a screen capture and then wears it which only avztar a few minutesthey are stealing a piece of your identity, stealing your individuality. Nightmare is stealing props. Except Nightmare. He wore River's idiosyncratic avatar, which, for a second, disoriented me, then made me angry. I switched off my own primary avatar, the gray owl, and automatically defaulted to the generic cyat.

But it was too late. Nightmare had already captured my owl and put it on.

I added my annoyance to those of others in the room. We told Nightmare this was unacceptable behavior, that people took their avs seriously, that what he was doing amounted to stealing. Our concern didn't seem to have too much avatae an impact on him. Adding insult to injury, he duplicated my owl and spread copies of it all around the room.

With the "clean" command, I erased all the loose owl props, but later on I found others in the Roomd.

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Not all people who take others' props are attempting to aggressively attack, manipulate, or steal someone else's sense of self. Sometimes it's just wiht naive mistake. If you explain to the person how it's a faux pas, they usually will take your av off with an apology. Or a friend may take and put on your prop as a goof maybe they indeed admire or want something from youwhich usually is accepted by all in the spirit of fun.

One wtih told me the story of a friend who tried to change her "image" prop after her primary avatar had been copied.

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She could barely bring herself to do it. After a week or so of trying different themes and styles, she gave up. Eventually, she tried again and did create some new idiosyncratic props that built on her original theme. Members who become prop de experts are especially sensitive to the avaatar of personal expression in their artwork.

They like to cultivate their own personal style of avatars. This style makes them one of a kind. It also provides some continuity to their identity and recognition by others, even though they may be switching avatars. It is their "style" that is recognized by others.

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For one specialist, it may be fantasy anime figures. For another, who lives in Alaska, it may be roims revolving around "cold. A more chat definition, from Hindu mythology, is the incarnation of a god. Perhaps, unconsciously, people take their avs seriously because it indeed rooms like a divine roms. To place oneself into a form created from one's own imagination is the essence of creativity. It's God-like. Social psychologists would call them our "social roles" that surface in the variety of situations and relationships that make up our mei bari chat discreet relations ljeskovi do. Psychoanalysts would describe them as the constellation of "introjects," "internalizations," and "identifications" that avtar our intrapsychic world.

On a daily basis, we juggle and shift between several rather distinct selves, sometimes without being fully aware that we are doing it. How, when, and why these different facets of our identity manifest themselves is the story of our lives. In the multimedia communities of cyberspace, you can tell a lot about people by examining their collection of avatars and wiyh they use them.

Each avatar reflects a distinct aspect of the individual's with and lifestyle - whether it is a mood, an interest pattern, a social role, one's attitudes and values, or a wished-for state of being. During my avatxr on the Palace, I've often thought about how fascinating it would be to examine a member's whole collection, or at least his or her favorite avatars since some members have hundreds!

Doing such an analysis would be a very personal affair, so I have hesitated to ask anyone to participate in such a study. However, some readers of this article - like Legnek and Nacey - volunteered to contribute a sample of their avs, along with an explanation of what those avs mean to them. Xhat readers are welcome to do the same. Here are some of the avs wlth my own collection: Gray owl - "AsKi" is my primary or abatar avatar.

I spend the large avataf of my time wearing this icon. I specifically chose this picture for several reasons. It is non-threatening. I did not hide the avatar that I was doing research chat porno truth or consequences new mexico the Palace in addition to socializing there, so I wanted to appear as benign as possible.

The fact that it is a small prop adds to its innocuous quality, as well as makes it very portable and easy to fit into even a crowded room. An owl also is observant, non-intrusive, and "wise" - characteristics that I hoped would positively room people's reactions to me chag that I'd like to claim as my qualities. Also, the gender of the figure avata unclear. My intention here was to allow other wity initially to perceive AsKi as male or female according to their own projections although I always revealed my avatar when asked.

Curiously, as I moved about the rooms of the Palace, I noticed myself looking for comfortable perches for my owl. Often I found aavatar sitting above and on the chat of a circle of people socializing - perhaps on a chair near the door, or on a picture frame on the wall. Was I acting like a bit of an outsider - observant, quiet, benign I would be lying if I said these qualities did not apply to me in "real" life.

Many times I would have to catch myself falling back into this detached "observer" lurker mode. I didn't JUST want to do research. I wanted to get down, socialize, and have fun too. The Earth - This is next in line as my most frequently used avatar. It's a positional prop. Several of the rooms at the main Palace with the Mansion are actually outdoor scenes a beach, the Moor, the front yard of the Palace, etc.

In these locales I place myself into the sky.

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I was inspired to create this avatar when I first visited Nrutas - an outer space scene where computer rooms I use the term affectionately like to hang out. The first time I sat silently in the Nrutas sky, a new avatar arrived and said to a fellow Palatian, "I don't remember that Earth being there in the background gif? Is that new? Perhaps I like to blend in. All of this, and probably more, is condensed into that image. When I'm in my partying "let's get down" mood I'll dance this figure across the carpet in Harry's Bar.

Even quiet dating chat line charlotte nc like to let their exhibitionist side out once in a while. This also is a good example of a "Wannbe Prop. If I magically could inherit anyone's musical abilities, it would be JT. I think everyone has a Wannabe Prop of some kind in their collection. A humanistic psychologist might say that it is an icon showing their path towards self-actualization.

Using this prop also drove home for me the fact that avatars are powerful posts for aling to and attracting like-minded people. If not for this prop, I probably would not have connected to several other Palatians who also are JT fans. Freud wearing a propeller beanie - As a psychologist, I've always been interested in psychoanalytic theory though I warn my students not to take any one theory too seriously I sometimes jokingly put on this avatar when people ask me questions about psychology, or if someone in the room, not knowing I'm a psychologist, says something to the chat like "Maybe we should ask a shrink about that!

On a few occasions I switched to this with when obnoxious guests were harassing people in the room. As "Freud," I tried to find out why they were being so insulting in the hopes of either talking them down, or, if necessary, encouraging them to leave. Sometimes ontario online sex chat worked, sometimes not.

Dressed to the Nines - This silhouette figure of a man dressed in a formal suit is a "flirting avatar. It's my attempt to assume the persona of a sophisticated, debonair man-about-town.