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An Information Technology Surrogate for Religion

This book demonstrates principles of Ancestor Veneration Avatars (AVAs), by running avatars based on eleven deceased members of one family through ten highly diverse virtual worlds from the violent Defiance to the intellectual Uru: Myst Online, from the early EverQuest to the recent Elder Scrolls Online.
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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Exploring Possibilities (Runes of Magic) 2. Selecting a World (Uru: Myst Online) 3. Achieving a Goal (Defiance) 4. Seeking Truth (Tabula Rasa) 5. Combatting Heresy (Perfect World) 6. Singing a Song (EverQuest) 7. Uniting a Couple (Guild Wars 2) 8. Enduring Horror (Age of Conan) 9. Insuring Hope (Elder Scrolls Online) 10. Resting in Peace (Lord of the Rings Online)

About the Author

William Sims Bainbridge is Director, Cyber-Human Systems Program, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, National Science Foundation, USA.

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