A K Peters/CRC Press
290 pages | 52 B/W Illus.
Scholars and professionals from all over the world, across experience levels and the gender and sexuality spectrum, share experiences and analysis of romance and sexuality in video games.
Whether discussing casual sex in the Star Wars universe; analyzing various Otome games; examining "the gaze" in various games; player romance behavior in games; or exploring the ethical ramifications of sexuality in virtual reality and other emerging technologies, this book discusses what players want in video game romance, and how developers can best deliver it.
Representations of Gender and Sexuality
1.1 Sexualization, Shirtlessness, and Smouldering Gazes: Desire and the Male CharacterMichelle Clough
1.2 Making Love Not War: Female Power and the Emotional Labor of Peace in Code: Realize—The Guardian of Rebirth and Princess ArthurSarah Christina Ganzon
1.3 Love on the Farm: Romance and Marriage in Stardew ValleyAmanda Lange
1.4 From Smoldering Justicar to Blue-Skinned Space Babe: Asari Sexuality in Mass EffectAlexandra M. Lucas
Romance and Sexuality in Game Design
2.1 Visualizing Data for Pleasure: Heather Kelley on Game Design, Sexuality, and User InterfacesDiana Pozo
2.2 Intimate Games: Facing Our Inner PredatorsSabine Harrer
2.3 It's Time for This Jedi to Get Laid: Casual Romance in Star Wars: The Old RepublicJessica Sliwinski
2.4 Naughty Bytes: The Western Complications of Genitalia in Non-Porn Video GamesHeidi McDonald
2.5 Invitation – Granting Emotional Access Through Romantic ChoiceLeah Miller
2.6 Designing Video Game Characters for Romantic Attachment: Practical Application and Design PitfallsDr. Jennifer Killham, Claudia Osthof, and Jana Stadeler
Otome: Romance and Sexuality in Eastern Video Games
3.1 “Sweet Solutions for Female Gamers”: Cheritz, Korean Otome Games and Global Otome Game PlayersSarah Christina Ganzon
3.2 Sadistic Lovers: Exploring Taboos in OtomeA.M. Cosmos
3.3 Love Transcends All (Geographical) Boundaries: The Global Lure of Romance Historical Otome Games and the ShinsengumiLucy Morris
The Future of Romance and Sexuality in Games
4.1 Do Androids Dream of Electric Consent?Dr. Luke Dicken
4.2 VR and the Future of Human Relationships and SexualityMarc Loths