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Among pasta-loving mafiosos, drug-selling Columbians and noodle-eating triads: Race, humour and interactive ethics in Grand Theft Auto III
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Economics and Management (Div.) (closed (20130101).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Economics and Management (Div.) (closed (20130101).
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of DiGRA 2005 Conference: Changing Views - Worlds in Play, 2005Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the intersection of race, humour and interactivity in Grand Theft Auto 3. We argue that video games not only diffuse cultural and symbolic meanings, but also provide new loci for reflection and critique of issues of inter alia race. Two different analytical perspectives are juxtaposed when studying racial issues of GTA3. The first perspective is Critical Race Theory (CRT). The second perspective derives from the phthonic and incongruity theory of humour (Morreall 1986). We will argue that the CRT perspective is consistent with the phthonic theory of humour, while the incongruity theory goes beyond CRT presenting a novel way of interpreting games. This theoretical framework is applied when analysing the controversial game GTA3. By presenting stereotypical images of race in GTA3 as humorous, the player is provided with cues for reflecting and evaluating his/her own perspectives on issues of race.

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2005.
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Ethics, Grand Theft Auto 3, Humour, Race
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Computer and Information Science Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-148568Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84873376354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-148568DiVA: diva2:736939
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2nd International Conference on Digital Games Research Association, Changing Views - Worlds in Play, DiGRA 2005; Vancouver, BC, Canada, 16-20 June, 2005
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Available from: 2014-08-11 Created: 2014-08-08 Last updated: 2014-08-11Bibliographically approved

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