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Creating Your Fantasy Self: An Analysis of Ethnicity in Character Creators in Computer Fantasy Role-Playing Games
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines whether character creators in fantasy role-playing games allow players to create ethnically diverse characters. We studied eight games following a procedure to record perceivable data about the available options, and conducted interviews. The results show that options for minority ethnicities are usually either very few and lack variation or are non-existent. All the interviewees answered that they were generally dissatisfied with the options given to them in character creators and could rarely make a representation of themselves. This highlights the need to diversify the options in order to not exclude players.

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling undersöker om karaktärsskapare i fantasy dator-rollspel tillåter spelare att skapa karaktärer av etnisk mångfald. Vi studerade åtta spel efter bestämda riktlinjer och samlade information om de tillgängliga alternativen, och genomförde intervjuer. Resultaten visar att alternativ för minoritetsetniciteter är vanligtvis antingen mycket få och har ingen variation eller är helt obefintliga. Alla de intervjuade svarade att de var allmänt missnöjda med de alternativ som ges i karaktärsskapare och kan sällan göra en representation av sig själva. Detta belyser behovet av att diversifiera alternativen för att inte utesluta spelare.

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Keyword [en]
Character creator, representation, ethnicity in video games, fantasy, RPG
Keyword [sv]
Karaktärsskapare, representation, etnicitet i spel, fantasy, rollspel
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254724OAI: diva2:819422
Educational program
Game Design and Graphics
Available from: 2015-07-07 Created: 2015-06-10 Last updated: 2015-07-07Bibliographically approved

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