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Title:Exploring the perceptions of race on video game covers
Author(s):Nguyen, Thomas; Khan, Noman; Berardi, Abigail; Corvite, Shanley; Norman, Carlos; Gardner, Daniel L.
Subject(s):Representation in games
Video games
User perspective
Abstract:This study compiled the 20 best-selling games from 2010 to 2015 from Steam250 to build a survey to examine potential game players' perception of video game cover art. The survey was distributed to potential players through snowball sampling, yielding 298 submissions with various ethnicities for analysis. All participants felt non-White representation was inadequate. Non-White participants felt that self-representation of their ethnicity on video game covers to be significantly more important than White participants. Non-White participants did not feel demographically represented by many individuals in the compilation of video game covers, while White participants did feel represented. Our results give insight into the intersection of video game studies and paratextual representation.
Issue Date:2020-03-23
Series/Report:iConference 2020 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Thomas Nguyen, Noman Khan, Abigail Berardi, Shanley Corvite, Carlos Norman, and Daniel L. Gardner
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-17

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