In the VR future, less is more. Though video games and the like have people used to extremely complicated avatars, Google's VR engineers are seeing how much they can strip down the avatars without making people confused.
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If your Facebook friend suddenly debuts an especially patriotic avatar this week, it might not be because they're extra excited about the 4th of July. To combat all that gay in their timelines, some conservatives are calling for true Americans to cover their profile photos with American flags instead.
Deepak Chopra, online werewolf and mortal nemesis of Gizmodo's Matt Novak, wants you to know the "possiblities" are infinite. A message he decided to share with the world using the only medium that matters anymore — his Twitter avatar. The possibilities are so infinite, in fact, that he has freed himself from the shackles of spelling. B freee!
When I joined Friendster in 2003, I uploaded my first avatar. It was Chuck Close's undeniably gritty and terrific "Big Self-Portrait" from the 1960s, dangling cigarette and all. When I joined Facebook a year later, I used the same one. Friends I hadn't seen for ages thought my life had taken a turn.
If you've been watching Twitter lately, more and more people are using animated Twitter avatars. They're eye-catching and cool, but how do you make them? It's not complicated, but as our friends at FWD point out in this handy guide, there are a few tricks that will make your clever GIF pop.
Computer programs have long been used to help teach children important life skills: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing a shining early example of a virtual world in which kids could learn.