June 1, 2015

IowaWatch Connection: The Impact of Video Games

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Video games have come a long way since Pong and Frogger…and it’s not just males who play them. Are the games themselves enhancing gender stereotypes? And do their realistic look add to reinforcing negative images?

“If I were a woman, if I were an African American, or some other underrepresented group, I wouldn’t want to see myself the victim or the villain in every game I am playing. Too often women are seen as either a sex object or or an object that needs to be saved or rescued or as someone who is going to, unfortunately, die to motivate the hero’s journey,” said Adam Feldhaus, a University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of mathematics education.

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