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Representation. REPRESENTATION. Gender: Women. How does the cover art represent women?. Gender: Women. Very limited roles for women in the game: Love interests (5 for Niko , 1 for Roman) Prostitutes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkw4B0ZIrR0 Mothers/Wives/Girlfriends in the BG

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representation

Representation

REPRESENTATION

gender women
Gender: Women
  • How does the cover art represent women?
gender women1
Gender: Women
  • Very limited roles for women in the game:
    • Love interests (5 for Niko, 1 for Roman)
    • Prostitutes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkw4B0ZIrR0
    • Mothers/Wives/Girlfriends in the BG
    • 1 token female crime boss (Elizabeta Torres)
  • Watch this video of Torres:
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA3HPWrb2_g
  • How is she represented?
    • How means ‘as what’
    • How means ‘using which techniques’
gender women2
Gender: Women
  • ‘Fridged’ women
  • ‘Fridging’ refers to “killing off a central character in order to give another character someone to avenge…”

What does the ‘fridging’ of Kate tell us about attitudes towards women in the game (refer to a theory…)?

gender men
Gender: Men
  • Re-watch the scene in which

we are first introduced to Vlad:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwPZdqsemhI
  • What different versions of masculinity are represented here?
  • From what else we have seen of the game, which versions would seem to be the ‘preferred’ interpretations?
    • Support your claim with evidence
gender men1
Gender: Men
  • GTA IV is about a clash of two types of masculinity – the brains and the brawn
  • Re-watch the scene in which we meet Mikhail & Dimitri for the first time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1MGFIw3Pzo&feature=BFa&list=UUavi5XBcwDb2oyoCEjxk_0g&lf=plcp

What evidence is there of these two roles?

What other examples of Brains vs Brawn can we find in GTA IV?

gender men2
Gender: Men
  • Watch these two videos involving Brucie Kibbutz
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0zFaE9tJcg
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFRPH8StsSY
  • Which aspects of masculinity are explored here?
  • How are the different forms of masculinity being represented?
gender sexuality
Gender: Sexuality
  • Bernie Crane
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRYJoAVE_oc
  • How is homosexuality represented here?
  • Compare with previous scenes with Brucie Kibbutz
    • What seem to be the game’s messages & values concerning homosexuality?
gender sexuality1
Gender: Sexuality
  • The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • This is a piece of DLC for the main game
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFjo7DJ4waE [3.24-6.10]
    • How does this video complicate all representations so far within the main game?
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Race
  • There is a heavy amount of stereotyping:
    • Most of the Eastern Europeans that we see are/become criminals
    • Black Africans (Little Jacob) – Jamaican
  • Roman has become Americanised
    • What evidence can you find for the Americanisation of Roman?
eastern europeans
Eastern Europeans
  • Re-examine the characters of Nico, Roman, Vlad, Bernie Crane, Mikhail & Dimitri
  • Is there any attempt to represent the people from Eastern Europe in a balanced way?
    • If so: where?
    • If not: give examples of the imbalance
  • You may wish to refer to the videos again…
coming to america
Coming to America
  • How is the experience of the immigrant represented throughout the game?
  • What points of comparison/contrast might we find between representations of race here and in GoW3?
    • Comparisons of multi-cultural societies
    • Contrasts between insiders/outsiders
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