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Male Stereotypes in Video Games

Paris-based, French photographer Alex Morvan’s series of self-portraits question male postures and attitudes expressed in popular video games. According to the website BGR.com, video game sales accounted for an estimated $1.3 billion in consumer spending in October 2013. But what are video games really saying about men and their behavior? Morvan uses himself as the subject to convey the characters in blockbuster video games of the last decade (Grand Theft Auto, Unchartered, Mafia, Tekken, Red Dead Redemption, Call Of Duty, Dead Rising, FIFA), and includes actual video game images as backdrops. “Each portrait depicts a different ‘hero’ or male archetype encountered in video games,” Morvan said in a statement about his project. “It reflects upon the influence of these virtual role models on the construction of self.”

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