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Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture

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Video games have long been seen as the exclusive territory of young, heterosexual white males. In a media landscape dominated by such gamers, players who do not fit this mold, including women, people of color, and LGBT people, are often brutalized in forums and in public channels in online play. Discussion of representation of such groups in games has frequently been limit ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Mjhancock
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: video-game
I might write another review later that delves more into content, but for the moment, I'll stick with the takeaway. Anyone, ANYONE, invested in representation and identity in videogames--what races, genders, sexualities, and other minorities are presented in games and how they're presented--should have this book on their shelf. At the very least, read the conclusion where Shaw very cogently sums up the issues raised in the book at large.
Jordan
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminist, games
I liked the book, but it wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. I'm not sure if I'm bad at interpreting titles, or if the title is misleading. What I thought this would be about is the interactions between queer folk and the hetero-cis-white-normative culture that is Gamers. Which, to be fair, the book touches on a little bit.

What it is, mostly, though, is the interaction between people of various identities(gender, racial, sexual) and the games they play. This book explores interaction betw
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Caitlin
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gamepsych
A very academically written book, but fascinating nonetheless. It's made me think more deeply about how and why I choose the avatars I do, and why it mostly doesn't matter. Her nuanced breakdown representation in games (and media in general) has also helped me articular why I think diversity is important, as well as when it's not - I feel better prepared to pick my battles in that regard.
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