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Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0262113199 ISBN-10: 0262113198

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262113198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262113199
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The editors of this book pay homage to the legacy of From Barbie to Mortal Kombat while providing ample evidence that, even ten years later, there remains significant gender inequity in the gaming world, necessitating changes from within and outside of the industry. The insights contained in this volume might be a catalyst for such changes." Jessica L. Ghilani, University of Pittsburgh Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

About the Author

Yasmin B. Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and lead editor of Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming.

Carrie Heeter is Professor of Serious Game Design in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, and Creative Director for Virtual University Design and Technology at Michigan State University.

Jill Denner is Senior Research Associate at ETR Associates, a nonprofit agency in California.

Jennifer Y. Sun is President and a founder of Numedeon, Inc., the company that launched, an educational virtual world targeted at children ages 8 to 14.

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0 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Swordsman on December 7, 2013
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The book documents the attempts to make women play wargames that have now been going on for about twenty years. Almost all, however, have ended in failure. Reading the author's desperate atemps to show that this is not so and that women play the games just as men do, one can only wonder whether Freud, in claiming that what drives women is pennis envy, did not have right on this side.
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