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New Report Cites Lack of Diversity in Videogames

Children now, an independent children’s research group, issued a report contending that videogames offer little racial and gender diversity, and most contain some level of violence.

Game Developer, Staff

December 10, 2001

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The study was based on the ten best-selling games for a variety of game systems, including Playstation, Playstation 2, Nintendo’s Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and PC. The report said nearly all the game heroes are white males, with women representing just 16 percent of human characters. Women generally were portrayed as bystanders or secondary characters. Eighty-six percent of black women were portrayed as victims of violence and there were no hispanic female characters.

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