Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming

Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming

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by Yasmin B. Kafai, Carrie Heeter, Jill Denner, Jennifer Y. Sun
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262516063

ISBN-13: 9780262516068

Pub. Date: 04/29/2011

Publisher: MIT Press

Ten years after the groundbreaking From Barbie to Mortal Kombat highlighted the ways gender stereotyping and related social and economic issues permeate digital game play, the number of women and girl gamers has risen considerably. Despite this, gender disparities remain in gaming. Women may be warriors in World of Warcraft, but they are also scantily clad

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Ten years after the groundbreaking From Barbie to Mortal Kombat highlighted the ways gender stereotyping and related social and economic issues permeate digital game play, the number of women and girl gamers has risen considerably. Despite this, gender disparities remain in gaming. Women may be warriors in World of Warcraft, but they are also scantily clad "booth babes" whose sex appeal is used to promote games at trade shows.

Player-generated content has revolutionized gaming, but few games marketed to girls allow "modding" (game modifications made by players). Gender equity, the contributors to Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat argue, requires more than increasing the overall numbers of female players. Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat brings together new media theorists, game designers,educators, psychologists, and industry professionals, including some of the contributors to the earlier volume, to look at how gender intersects with the broader contexts of digital games today: gaming, game industry and design, and serious games. The contributors discuss the rise of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) and the experience of girl and women players in gaming communities; the still male-dominated gaming industry and the need for different perspectives in game design; and gender concerns related to emerging serious games (games meant not only to entertain but also to educate, persuade, or change behavior). In today's game-packed digital landscape, there is an even greater need for games that offer motivating, challenging, and enriching contexts for play to a more diverse population of players.

ContributorsCornelia Brunner, Shannon Campe, Justine Cassell, Mia Consalvo, Jill Denner, Mary Flanagan,Janine Fron, Tracy Fullerton, Elisabeth Hayes, Carrie Heeter, Kristin Hughes, Mimi Ito, Henry Jenkins III, Yasmin B. Kafai, Caitlin Kelleher, Brenda Laurel, Nicole Lazzaro, Holin Lin, Jacki Morie, Helen Nissenbaum, Celia Pearce, Caroline Pelletier,Jennifer Y. Sun, T. L. Taylor, Brian Winn, Nick YeeInterviews with Nichol Bradford,Brenda Braithwaite, Megan Gaiser, Sheri Graner Ray, Morgan Romine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262516068
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/29/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,381,426
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ThomasRobertS More than 1 year ago
This book tells about online multi-player games and the evolution of mortal Kombat!