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In this way, a particular anonymous user can be uniquely identified from session to session without the need for registration or authentication.
The words avatar (in the sense used here) and Metaverse are my inventions, which I came up with when I decided that existing words (such as virtual reality) were simply too awkward to use...after the first publication of Snow Crash, I learned that the term avatar has actually been in use for a number of years as part of a virtual reality system called Habitat..addition to avatars, Habitat includes many of the basic features of the Metaverse as described in this book.
The traditional avatar system used on most Internet forums is a small (80x80 to 100x100 pixels, for example) square-shaped area close to the user's forum post, where the avatar is placed in order for other users to easily identify who has written the post without having to read their username.
Some forums allow the user to upload an avatar image that may have been designed by the user or acquired from elsewhere.
Social status within the Metaverse was often based on the quality of a user's avatar, as a highly detailed avatar showed that the user was a skilled hacker and programmer while the less talented would buy off-the-shelf models in the same manner a beginner would today.
Stephenson wrote in the "Acknowledgments" to Snow Crash: The idea of a "virtual reality" such as the Metaverse is by now widespread in the computer-graphics community and is being used in a number of different ways.
The earliest use of the word avatar in a computer game was the 1979 PLATO role-playing game Avatar.