Virtual Identity

Essay by jjock86University, Bachelor'sA+, March 2009

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When it comes to playing video games online almost everybody creates a new persona for themselves. That usually includes a new name as well which is usually known as a gamertag, except for those rare few who use their real world names sometimes even full names as their gamertags. But gamertags could almost be defined as gamer's alter egos, their virtual identities. They can be used as a tool in which they can express themselves outside of their usual real world comfort zones. "Some would argue that virtual identity is a truer reflection of self than someone's image in the real world." (Chan) While that's not true for everyone in some cases it seems like a very real possibility that what gamers are portraying online is nothing compared to whom they actually are.

I myself go by Seyss or Erik Seyss in games that warrant a full name. It comes from a book tape that I listened to with my mother during middle school, the book was called The Runner.

For some reason even though Erich (how it's spelled in the book) was the villain of the story the name stuck. Seyss has been a part of me ever since I was 12 when I first really got into online gaming. I have truly realized that when I go online under that name I act very much like myself but at the same time an entirely different person. It's exciting actually to take on this sometimes completely fictional role, and things heat up even more in games with a role-playing environment. Entire life stories are sometimes created just for characters descriptionsAlthough inhabitants of virtual environments tend to put on a façade for other residents they are in a way expressing a deep down part of their character. While it may...