Event Title

Hope for the Future: An Analysis of Overwatch Directors 2017 DICE Keynote

Presenter Information

Andre Adame

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

College

College of Art & Letters

Major

Communication Studies

Session Number

2

Location

RM 215

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb

Juror Names

Dr. Dung Vu, Dr. Barbara Quarton, Dr. Victoria Seitz

Start Date

5-17-2018 1:45 PM

End Date

5-17-2018 2:00 PM

Abstract

This research examines a video game developer’s perspective on the impacts of their successful title, Overwatch. Through an analysis of Jeff Kaplan’s keynote speech from the 2017 DICE Awards, this research explores the cultural disparities within video game representations and how Overwatch compares to the current climate of the video game industry. These issues are addressed by Kaplan through a series of themes within the keynote, which construct an overall message of ‘hope for the future’. Details of the research include representations of race and gender, how stereotypes are challenged or embraced, and how participatory culture impacts consumers to become more involved within their communities.

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May 17th, 1:45 PM May 17th, 2:00 PM

Hope for the Future: An Analysis of Overwatch Directors 2017 DICE Keynote

RM 215

This research examines a video game developer’s perspective on the impacts of their successful title, Overwatch. Through an analysis of Jeff Kaplan’s keynote speech from the 2017 DICE Awards, this research explores the cultural disparities within video game representations and how Overwatch compares to the current climate of the video game industry. These issues are addressed by Kaplan through a series of themes within the keynote, which construct an overall message of ‘hope for the future’. Details of the research include representations of race and gender, how stereotypes are challenged or embraced, and how participatory culture impacts consumers to become more involved within their communities.