Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Brian Moriarty, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

John Sanbonmatsu, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Britton Snyder, Committee Member

Identifier

etd-042513-160209

Abstract

In the art of drag, icons of masculinity and femininity are juxtaposed on one body, challenging heteronormativity. The goal of this project was to create a game that provided a safe space for players to negotiate their own identities of gender and sexuality through the framework provided by the game rules and affordances. The research behind this project challenges the criticisms of drag as purely gender representation, identifying drag as a signifier of the presence of the LGBTQ community. By iterating the design throughout the development process, I was able to create opportunities for players to reflect upon gender presentation and be in solidarity with one another. Conversations resulting from the play experience revealed the ability of games to provide a context for players to navigate complex understandings.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Interactive Media and Game Development

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2013-04-25

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

michael, game, card, thesis, ally, drag, queen, gay, transgender, de, transsexual, bisexual, lesbian, anda

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