“You’re a Hunter, Bro”: Representations of Masculinity in Until Dawn
Horror tropes in video games are heavily reinforced and rarely modifiable, as evidenced by the 2015 horror video game Until Dawn. Gender roles within the game are heavily delineated with the role of protector falling squarely in the realm of the masculine. As the story unfolds, there is an additional shifting segregation of masculinity along the lines of mental health and race; the game’s narrative eventually strips several male characters of their protector status. This chapter unpacks the definition of “masculinity” in Until Dawn through an intersectional analysis of the game content to discern the representations made of gender, race, and mental health as they relate to hegemonic masculinity.
KeywordsMasculinity Video games Horror Intersectionality Content analysis
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