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So You're A Tough Guy: Male Stereotypes in Video Games

Very often these days, we have been talking about the stereotypes and the depiction of women in video games. Although a very worthwhile topic, something that is not as often discussed is how guys are portrayed in the same games.

Guys in video games tend to be very muscular, rugged, and since I am a girl I think I can get away with saying often pretty damn hot. In many games - especially in FPS - the main guy protagonists look a lot a like. Take the below two images from Splinter Cell and Fuse. These guys could almost be brothers. Thick, muscular arms. Slim build. Dark hair. Rough battle worn face. A sort of piercing Dirty Hairy kind of glare to their eyes.Let's also add in the fact that usually (feel free to correct me in the comments if you feel I'm wrong), they are often of the same age range and ethnicity.

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