Originally Posted by superdry
Due to the voice, we know who she is, but, in the novel, we probably didn't know until a little later on (like when Suguha logs out and we the poster of her online character). Also, looking at the novel illustations - Kazuto's avatar seems to have sharper facial feature which would sort mask who he is.
Sort of makes you wonder just how photo-realistic the graphics in SAO/ALO are. I mean obviously in the anime they both look like anime (I'm so glad they didn't render the in-game characters in horrible CG!
), and even the design in the novels are done in anime/manga-style. But I wonder if it really looks "life-like" to them, or if they can just look at people and tell they're computer renders? Who knows...
If nothing else, I do enjoy the fact that the anime gets us to think about these sorts of questions. :p