Space_pingu writes: New Scientist has a cool gallery of people with their avatars. The images are taken from the 'Book Alter Ego: Avatars and Their Creators' and the narration is by the author Robbie Cooper, who spent years collecting his pictures. There are some interesting stories behind each avatar. Like the disabled boy who says Star Wars Galaxies has enabled him to meet people on his own term for the first time. Or the couple who begin each date by immersing themselves in the a virtual world.