If you are a white male, the chances are pretty good that you will have something in common with the character you play in your favorite video game.
If you are a woman or ethnic minority, not so much.
At least, that’s the conclusion drawn by researchers from the University of Southern California, Indiana University, Ohio University and Virginia Polytechnic. The research is published in the current issue of New Media & Society.
Study leader Dmitri Williams of USC commented on the data:
Latino children play more video games than white children. And they’re really not able to play themselves. For identity formation, that’s a problem. And for generating interest in technology, it may place underrepresented groups behind the curve.
Ironically, they may even be less likely to become game makers themselves, helping to perpetuate the cycle. Many have suggested that games function as crucial gatekeepers for interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
According to the study, only 3% of video game characters are Hispanic; all of those noted were non-playable characters. Ony 10% of characters are women.
African-Americans are more proportionately represented, but mostly appear in sports games or titles like 50 Cent Bulletproof which represent racial stereotypes.
Via: TG Daily