WIT Press


Fair Play: Gender, Digital Gaming And Educational Disadvantage

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CI040241

Volume

31

Pages

8

Published

2004

Size

318 kb

Author(s)

J. Jenson & S. de Castell

Abstract

Since the spectacular runaway best-seller, \“Barbie Fashion Designer” appeared on the shelves in October 1996, selling a half-million copies in its first two months and vanquishing the slash-and-bash market leaders \“Doom,” \“Quake,” \“Duke Nukem,” and \“Mortal Kombat,” major corporate e-sponsored research campaigns have been launched to identify the differently gendered play patterns of boys and girls and to discover what girls \“like best”. This astonishing breakthrough into the previously dormant market for computer-based playware for girls ushered in a retooling of technology – a retooling accomplished, however, by affirming rather than challenging received gender stereotypes that preserve girls’ historically assigned locations in the gender order. In the field of education, video games have the capacity to capture and hold the attention of players of many

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