Proteus, the mythical sea god who could alter his appearance at
will, embodies one of the promises of online games: the ability
to reinvent oneself. Yet inhabitants of virtual worlds rarely
achieve this liberty, game researcher Nick Yee contends. Though
online games evoke freedom and escapism, Yee shows that
virtual spaces perpetuate social norms and stereotypes from the
offline world, transform play into labor, and inspire racial... more...