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Cultural Appropriation in Games: A Comparative Study Between Far Cry 3 (2012), Overwatch (2016) and Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a comparative study between Far Cry 3 (2012), Overwatch (2016) and Horizon Zero Dawn (2017) to determine how game developers appropriate minority cultures in character design. The character designs are compared to the cultures of origin to determine whether they have been appropriated and to what extent. Far Cry 3 appropriates Maori and Samoan cultures, Horizon Zero Dawn appropriates native American cultures, and Overwatch appropriates both Maori and native American cultures. Appropriation leads to stereotypes which may influence the way the audience regard and understand the real world.

Abstract [sv]

Denna rapport är en komparativ studie mellan Far Cry 3 (2012), Overwatch (2016) och Horizon Zero Dawn (2017) för att avgöra hur spelutvecklare approprierar minoritetskulturer i karaktärsdesign. Karaktärsdesignerna jämförs med ursprungskulturerna för att avgöra om de har blivit approprierade och hur mycket. Far Cry 3 approprierar Maori- och Samoakulturer, Horizon Zero Dawn approprierar ursprungsamerikanska kulturer, och Overwatch approprierar både Maori- och ursprungsamerikanska kulturer. Appropriering leder till stereotyper som kan påverka hur publiken uppfattar och förstår den verkliga världen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 30
Keywords [en]
Computer games, character design, cultural appropriation, cultural exploitation
Keywords [sv]
datorspel, karaktärsdesign, kulturell appropriering, kulturell exploatering
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Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323878OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323878DiVA, id: diva2:1107731
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Game Design and Graphics
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Available from: 2017-06-14 Created: 2017-06-10 Last updated: 2017-06-14Bibliographically approved

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