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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

The Representation of Female Characters in Japanese Video Games

Video games have been a popular pastime for decades now, and with innovations in technology they are becoming more immersive and imaginative than ever before. Role playing games (RPGs) focus heavily on character development and relationships between characters. Japan is known for being a producer of great RPGs, from the influential Final Fantasy franchise to the darkly quirky Shin Megami Tensei series of games. These games offer exciting game-play and exceptional storytelling that players remember long after they have completed the game. However, although female characters have come a long way from being princesses trapped in castles, there are still stereotypical roles that they fill. These roles reflect the way that Japanese society views women in general, and although the status of women in Japan has risen considerably after World War II, some cultural prejudices remain.

Presenter: Heidi Sevor (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)