British Universities Film & Video Council

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Virtual Me: Gender and Identity in World of Warcraft

Synopsis
VIRTUAL ME examines the experiences of players of the online game World of Warcraft, focusing specifically on their experience and understanding of issues surrounding gender and identity within their virtual communities and during gameplay. While four of our participants chose to embody characters within the game that aligned with their actual world gender identities, two male players opted instead to play female characters, and the film explores the consequences of both choices.

The film consists entirely of in-game footage along with animations of each participant’s character paired with audio interviews in order to focus on the participants’ in-game representations and identities, rather than on their actual world identities and bodies.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2013
Subjects
Anthropology; Technology
Keywords
computer games; gender issues; identity

Credits

Director
Jennifer Torson; Sarah Prothero; Trent Monahan

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£20.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
11 minutes
Year
2016

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.

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