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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?


Representation

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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