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Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Gender Roles in Video Games

It’s always been easy to antagonize the gaming industry when it comes to gender roles. And gender roles in games will always be an issue for the video game critic. But we, as gamers, are so diverse, intellectual, and respectable human beings; we are much more complex than the gender roles portrayed in these games. Don’t you agree?

In this video, I discuss gender roles in video games, and why we shouldn’t worry about them. Often times, video games are thought of as the leading influence to negativity in society. I don’t believe that one bit! And I’m sure you agree!

Check it out!

Jennie Bharaj

References:

Dill, K. E., & Thill, K. P. (2007). Video Game Characters and the Socialization of Gender Roles: Young People’s Perceptions Mirror Sexist Media Depictions. Sex Roles, 57(11/12), 851-864. DOI:10.1007/s11199-007-9278-1

Hartmann, Tilo and Christoph Klimmt (July 2006). Gender and Computer Games: Exploring Females’ Dislikes. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Volume 11, Issue 4, pages 910–931. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2006.00301.x

John C. Beck , Mitchell Wade, The Kids are Alright: How the Gamer Generation is Changing the Workplace, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2006

Night Trap. In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 18, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Trap

Night Trap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xY_SWJevtQ

ESRB Ratings: http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp

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