Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

Poster Information

TitleA Content Analysis of Non-Visual Character Dimensions of Female Characters in Video Games
Presenter(s)Katherine Scheck, Dong Yeop Lee, Byung Pyo Kyung and Wan Bok Lee
SessionConference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session
TimeThursday, October 20, 7:00p-10:00p
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
FormatPoster Presentation
DescriptionStudies have shown that female characters in popular media are often shown in a submissive, sexually suggestive, stereotypical, and insubstantial manner. Further studies have linked these portrayals with real world consequences. Previous game design research has focused on the visual design of female characters and only studied female characters as a single group with respect to male characters as another single group. This study examines non-visual characteristics—goals, agency, and role—and compares these qualities between male and female characters both as a whole and among characters of similar prominence within a game. Results confirm that female characters continue to be underrepresented in games, especially as prominent characters, but suggest that female characters may not be written with less depth when compared to male characters of similar prominence.

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