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Transgender and genderqueer experiences of avatar creation in games
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective of this thesis is to examine how respondents who self identify as transgender or genderqueer experience avatar creation systems in digital games. In the wake of GamerGate, gender has become a more prevalent topic of discussion, as such, this thesis seeks to survey transgender and genderqueer people in order to gain a better insight into their their experiences with avatar creation in games, and do they perceive the status quo of current avatar creation systems to be in need of change? If so, how? The results of the survey shows that the respondents use avatar creation systems as a means to experiment in a safe environment with aspects of their identity expression, and to improve avatar creation systems, more options need to be added for diverse body types and non-binary identities.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie är att examinera erfarenheterna bland respondenter som identifierar sig som trans eller icke-binära personer av avatar skapande system i digitala spel. I kölvattnet av GamerGate har genus blivit ett mer förekommande ämne för diskussion. På grund av detta kommer denna studie att utföra en undersökning bland trans och icke-binära personer om deras erfarenheter med avatar skapande system i spel, och om de anser att förändringar bör genomföras för mer inkluderande avatar skapande system? Och i så fall, vad? Resultaten från undersökningen visar att respondenterna använder avatar skapande system som ett verktyg för att experimentera i en säker miljö med aspekter av deras identitets uttryck, och för att förbättra avatar skapande system bättre krävs mer alternativ för olika kroppstyper och icke-binära identiteter.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 199
Keywords [en]
Computer games, Transgender, Genderqueer, Avatar creation, LGBT, Representation
Keywords [sv]
Spel, Trans, Icke-binär, Avatar skapande, HBTQ, Representation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356221OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-356221DiVA, id: diva2:1233794
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Game Design and Graphics
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Available from: 2018-07-20 Created: 2018-07-19 Last updated: 2018-07-20Bibliographically approved

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