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Gender Sexualization in Digital Games: Exploring Female Character Changes in Tomb Raider
by Liu, Jingjing, M.A., University of South Florida, 2018, 98; 10975189
Abstract (Summary)

This study is aimed at exploring a better understanding of gender-biased context in digital games. Based upon a female analysis of Tomb Raider series, this study attempts to compare the appearance and figure of female characters in video games by researching the representative game. A focus group with a group of women from different countries has been used to better understand how women feel and react to female images in the video game Tomb Raider and figure out how female protagonist Lara Croft changed in the video game. The thesis attempts to offer a better understanding of biased context in video games and to compare differences in dressed figures of female characters through the Tomb Raider series. From this, the sexualization of female figures and their images of power has positively changed during last two decades. Ultimately, the connotation of this thesis is to discuss the possibilities of negative effects on audiences in digital games, typically for the young generation.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Burns, Kelli
Commitee: Liu, Scott S., Watson, Roxanne
School: University of South Florida
Department: Mass Communications
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mass communications, Gender studies
Keywords: Female characters, Gender stereotypes, Lara Croft, Sexualization, Tomb Raider, Video games
Publication Number: 10975189
ISBN: 978-0-438-77905-1
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