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Video Games Suggest Chauvinism and Racism: Women and Minorities Aren’t Represented in Video Games

August 3, 2009

I have never been a proponent of saying that video games cause violence, but I do think they reflect our society’s rather insatiable appetite toward violence, particularly against women and children.  I have written lately about HBO’s TrueBlood, the adapted version of Charlaine Harris‘ series about the female heroine Sookie.  Yes, there is a female heroine, but that’s what happens more frequently when books are written by women–women are willing to acknowledge the violence in the culture of women in a way the male writers never seem to get.  This seems to be reflected in the culture of video games too.

In what seems like a stupid assumption to make on the part of the video game producers (only white men in their 30’s buy and play video games), the gamers have neglected to include women and minorities in their target markets:

Female and Latino gamers in particular would have a hard time finding their virtual counterparts, despite each representing major players of video games. That suggests video game developers could have overlooked a hugely underserved group of customers, especially if they wrongly assume that the average video gamer remains a white male.

In terms of what game makers produce, “I’m the target audience, a white guy in my 30s,” said Dmitri Williams, a communications researcher at the University of Southern California who headed the virtual census. “But the country doesn’t look like me anymore.”

Hello, any women and minorities will tell you that we are hardly represented anywhere, much less in the video game market.  What this does say is that the white men seem to get the writing jobs for HBO, as well as the jobs with gamers, but then again, don’t white men get most of the jobs?

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