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War, Masculinity And Gaming In The Military Entertainment Complex: A Case Study Of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Kyle Kontour Jan 2011

War, Masculinity And Gaming In The Military Entertainment Complex: A Case Study Of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Kyle Kontour

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Over the last decade, critical scholars have pointed to the acceleration of the cultural, aesthetic, technological and political economic ties between the military and entertainment industries, noting both its synergistic nature and the purported effects of militarism on an already masculinized, technophilic culture of gaming. This may have deleterious effects on society, where videogame players may be trained to think like soldiers—both in terms of combat performance and hegemonic military masculinity. Utilizing game studies methods of textual analysis and cyberethnography, and drawing on critical work concerning war and masculinity, this dissertation argues that while it is true that games ...