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Gender and video games: how is female gender generally represented in various genres of video games?

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Gender and video games: how is female gender generally represented in various genres of video games?

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Gender representation in video games is a current and sensitive topic in entertainment media. Gender studies in video games look at the difference between the portrayal of female and male characters and how these representations affect the target audience. Most video games tend to over-represent stereotypes and in general use extensive violence and cruelty (Maietti, 2008). Some video games use wrong, disrespectful and sometimes even violent representations of females. This research paper focuses on the current representation of female gender in video games and how they are represented, stereotyped and used as characters in games. The analysis will include case studies of two particular video games from different time periods. Results show that there is a difference between portraying women in the past and present. This research paper is based on previous academic research and case studies. Also, several interviews were conducted amongst game professionals, future game designers (students) and game players. At the end of the research paper advice is offered to the game industry on how to change female gender representation in the video games and with which communication or media tools.

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OrganisatieHogeschool Utrecht
OpleidingInternational Communication and Media
AfdelingCommunicatie
Datum2014-06-10
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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