Women and Video Game Modding
Essays on Gender and the Digital Community
About the Book
The world of video games has long revolved around a subset of its player base: straight, white males aged 18–25. Highly gendered marketing in the late 1990s and early 2000s widened the gap between this perceived base and the actual diverse group who buy video games. Despite reports from the Entertainment Software Association that nearly half of gamers identify as female, many developers continue to produce content reflecting this imaginary audience.
Many female gamers are in turn modifying the games. “Modders” alter the appearance of characters, rewrite scenes and epilogues, enhance or add love scenes and create fairy tale happy endings.
This is a collection of new essays on the phenomenon of women and modding, focusing on such titles as Skyrim, Dragon Age, Mass Effect and The Sims. Topics include the relationship between modders and developers, the history of modding, and the relationship between modding and disability, race, sexuality and gender identity.
About the Author(s)
Edited by Bridget Whelan.
Series Editor Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2020
Series: Studies in Gaming
Table of Contents
Bridget Whelan 1
“And nothing he has wrought shall be lost”: Examining Race
and Sexuality in the Mods of Dragon Age: Inquisition (Jennifer Collins) 9
“Mod” About You: Exploring the Use of Mods as a Storytelling
Technique (Anne Betz) 36
LGBTQIA Inclusion in Dragon Age: Inquisition: Burning Down
Stereotypes and Modding for Representation (Jessica Hylton) 52
Simulated Ableism: The Sims and the Lack of Disability
Representation (Shelly Jones) 90
Regional and Ethnic Diversity in The Sims Mods (Hanna Wirman) 114
#WeNeedDiverseLooks: Female Body Mods, Immersion
and Curatorial Practices in the Gamer’s Construction of the Fantasy Self (Cara Miele) 126
Game Characters as Tools for Expression: Modding the Body
in Mass Effect (Tanja Sihvonen) 151
Gender-Considerate Digital Game Design (Leigh Hughes) 172
About the Contributors 207