Author: Justine Cassell and Henry Jenkins (eds)

Publisher: MIT Press

Pages: 380


“Many parents worry about the influence of video games on their children’s lives. The game console may help to prepare children for participation in the digital world, but at the same time it socializes boys into misogyny and excludes girls from all but the most objectified positions. The new ‘girls’ games’ movement has addressed these concerns. Although many people associate video games mainly with boys, the girls games’ movement has emerged from an unusual alliance between feminist activists (who want to change the “gendering” of digital technology) and industry leaders (who want to create a girls’ market for their games).

“The contributors to From Barbie® to Mortal Kombat explore how assumptions about gender, games, and technology shape the design, development, and marketing of games as industry seeks to build the girl market. They describe and analyze the games currently on the market and propose tactical approaches for avoiding the stereotypes that dominate most toy store aisles. The lively mix of perspectives and voices includes those of media and technology scholars, educators, psychologists, developers of today’s leading games, industry insiders, and girl gamers.

“Contributors: Aurora, Dorothy Bennett, Stephanie Bergman, Cornelia Brunner, Mary Bryson, Lee McEnany Caraher, Justine Cassell, Suzanne de Castell, Nikki Douglas, Theresa Duncan, Monica Gesue, Michelle Goulet, Patricia Greenfield, Margaret Honey, Henry Jenkins, Cal Jones, Yasmin Kafai, Heather Kelley, Marsha Kinder, Brenda Laurel, Nancie Martin, Aliza Sherman, Kaveri Subrahmanyam.” —publisher’s excerpt


#GameStudies101 selection:


“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (review).” Grace Palladino, H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, February, 1999. Web. 17 July 2015.

“From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games.” Kent Campbell, Computing Reviews, 1 May 1999. Web. 17 July 2015.

“Just add girls and stir? (review).” Leslie Regan Shade, IEEE: Technology and Society Magazine, 18, number 4, Winter 1999. Web.  20 July 2015.