Representations of Africans in Popular Video Games in the U.S

Rebecca Y. Bayeck, Tutaleni I. Asino, Patricia A. Young

Abstract


Studies investigating the representation of Africans and other ethnicities are scarce in video game literature. Using a content analysis approach, this paper examines Africans’ representation in ten of the most popular games of 2014 in the United States based on industry market research reports. The findings show that Africans are underrepresented in video games explored in this study. The study also reveals that African characters in these games did not play leading roles in the storyline. Results are discussed as they pertain to Africans’ representation in video games, media effect, and media literature. This exploratory study broadens the discussion on representation in video games to other ethnicities and shows the need for studies on representation in contemporary video games that include understudied ethnicities.

Keywords


Afrikans, video games, representation, role, United States

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4101/jvwr.v11i2.7285

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