Psychoanalysis of LGBTQ Video Game Characters: Update 1

I know it’s very late in the summer, but hopefully this is all worth it. When I first began my project, I had a very clear idea of what I was going to be doing. As I’ve done my research, especially through my analysis of my first video game, I seem to have ended up with more questions than I answered. I intended to see if historical ideas on sexuality were still relevant in video games today, but I began to see how vague, subjective, and confusing this could end up being. Thus, I’ve decided to lean more towards a Freudian psychoanalysis of LGBTQ characters through his ideas, as well as the historical sexologists he was influenced by. To be clear, my analyses are not reflective of my ideas or beliefs, but are simply an interpretation through these historical frameworks.

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Depictions of Sexuality in Video Games: Still Constrained by History? – Abstract

It is undeniable that the video game industry has exploded in the past few decades, and they have certainly come far from their original purpose of simple entertainment.  Video games today are used for general education, exploring social issues, bonding with friends, and even experiencing new lives within fantasy universes. Inevitably, the implementation of sexuality into video games has effected vast new ways of experiencing video games. Especially intriguing is focusing in on the representation of LGBTQ characters and sexualities in video games. While there has been much scholarship on just their representation in video games, they are not linked into a comprehensive history of sexuality. This is where my project comes in.

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LGBTQ&A: Who We Are and How We Know – Abstract

From the nature of self-knowledge to the role of childbearing in society, there are a number of philosophical problems which queer people are uniquely situated to address. Questions which have inspired robust debate in Western philosophy stand at the heart of modern queer experience: What does it mean to know myself? What do we owe each other? How should I value my own happiness? Who am I? My study of LGBTIQ history, along with my own lived experience, has taught me that constructions of heterosexuality affect every aspect of social reality: Friendship, family, labor, love, aging, dying, justice. Nothing escapes the fray. The goal of my research is to propose a new model for understanding queer identity, and to use this model to explore other areas of philosophy through a lens of queer normativity.

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