Steam as we know it is a design from Valve Corporation which has gradually crept up top deservedly to become one of the largest digital distribution platforms in the globe. Steam has made a reputation among the online gaming community for the realism of its avatars. Most especially the uniqueness of your very avatar which with steam gaming technology, you can precisely design to reflect you in entirety. And with the recent bursts in technology, online gaming has taken a new trend it has gone largely communal as with steam avatars you can communicate with a broad community of fellow gamers. The place of steam avatars in online gaming gets adorned with other steam supported features like cloud saving, enhanced with the functionality of interacting via chat with gaming colleagues.
Now talking precisely about steam, STEAM as we said is fundamentally an online community where people play different computer games with the use of avatars. So we shall further this discussion by taking the term steam avatars to mean avatars that are used in the steam online community. We shall also include in our discussion, an analysis of the steam community itself, with a view to creating an area of overlap between steam avatars and the steam community.
Online games across the years have gotten immersed in the engaging and interactive excitement peculiar to the steam community especially with the use of steam avatars. In this community, a user is required to create a profile; after which the player creates an avatar for himself. Through this avatar one is able to join groups of similar players, and chat with other people who also have an avatar. Before looking into how steam community avatars are created, we shall examine the purpose they serve.
Not many would love to use their real pictures for playing online games in platforms like steam. Therefore it is necessary that a mechanism is developed to make a good virtual representation that will bear some semblance to the actual persons. This is achieved by letting people choose avatars they feel best to describe their physical appearance and psychological make-up. For instance, one who considers himself to be fearsome might decide to choose an avatar that looks like a tiger.
These days, avatars can be automatically generated. Some forums, however, allow users to make use of their personally generated avatars. There are a number of ways to do this. Some sites require that one sends one`s picture to them, and accompany it with other information, and this is used to create the desired avatar. Other forms may require users to choose from a list of automatically generated and unique avatars. The steam community allows users to upload their own avatars provided the avatars do not violate the rules of the steam community. These avatars are not to be offensive, vulgar or exceed a size of 1024kb. Steam avatars can be removed by the community if they are inappropriate, or willingly, by the users.
In conclusion, the whole essence of avatars is to create some form of virtual reality for the users. It also gives room for more privacy and enhances online safety. Avatars are designed to represent the individual’s personality. This may be a cause for concern as avatars can always be changed.