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STUDY: Video Games Must Do Better With LGBTQ+ representation

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A damning new study has highlighted the lack of diversity in video games and how Twitch streamers perpetuate toxic masculinity.

The study, titled “The Double-Edged Sword of Online Gaming”, explores how gaming can both help and hinder male gamers, with poor representation countered by community. It comes from The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Promundo-US.

The study found that male characters outnumber female by four-to-one, and white characters outnumber characters of colour three-to-one. Those white characters are significantly more likely to display violence compared with characters of colour (51.7 per cent of characters compared with 33.6 per cent).

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