OSR Journal of Student Research

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Hope for the Future: An Analysis of Overwatch Director’s 2017 DICE Keynote


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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