Play Like a Man: Masculinity in Video Games

A lecture by Nina Huntemann, Communication and Journalism Dept.

March 10, 2009
Large Conference Room, 6th Floor
One Bowdoin Square

Assistant Professor Nina Huntemann, Communication and Journalism Department presents "Play Like a Man: Masculinity in Video Games."  Although video games are enjoyed equally by men and women, boys and girls, the vast majority of action genre titles are played by male gamers.  These games, which utilzize the cutting edige of computer technology, send very particular messages about what it means to be a man.  Significantly, the overwhelming lesson about masculintiy is that violence is the preferred means for accomplishing goals, resolving conflict and even for creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships with women.  Base on ethnographic accounts with young male gamers, this talk explores the gendered nature of video game violence and critiques the meaning of masculinity presented to players.

Refreshments will be served.  This event is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program. 

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