Getting Ready for Data Collection: Building a Gaming PC

For those of you who are not familiar with my summer research project, here is a brief description:

This project analyzes how gender plays a role in gameplay and players’ experiences in story-based role-playing video games in which the gender of the main protagonist is optional. Three sources of data on gender will be gathered for a thorough analysis of gender portrayal in these video games: the game developers, the video games themselves, and the players of these games. The first portion will look at the game developers’ interviews and marketing. The second will gather data from the games in the sample. Data from five video game series will be collected by the researcher via capture software. Data collection will occur with playing through each game two times; one as the male option and one as a female option. The last portion of data collection will be gathered through interviews with students at the College of William and Mary who have played the video games in the sample or games similar to them. After data collection, analysis, and conclusions have been completed, a web series about my project will be written, filmed, edited, and uploaded onto YouTube to spread my findings to the greater public. The goal of this project is to reveal gender stereotypes in video games and to work towards creating a more gender equal industry.

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