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Lore v. representation: narrative communication of power with regard to gender in League of Legends

Lore v. representation: narrative communication of power with regard to gender in League of Legends
Lore v. representation: narrative communication of power with regard to gender in League of Legends
This paper examines the differences in narrative presented in the lore (the canonical history, aims and personality) and the digital representation of characters in the game League of Legends. We use a combination of close media analysis and broader trend analysis of the champion roster in order to demonstrate this ludonarrative dissonance, alongside metanarrative discussion from the community forum. We discuss the implications of discordance between lore and implementation from a gender-power perspective, highlighting in particular the presentation of
performative femininity as a design factor superseding that of narrative logic. Implications of these findings are discussed
1613-0073
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Rimington, Elzabi
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Blount, Tom
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Rimington, Elzabi
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Blount, Tom
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Rimington, Elzabi and Blount, Tom (2016) Lore v. representation: narrative communication of power with regard to gender in League of Legends. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 1628, 1-5.

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This paper examines the differences in narrative presented in the lore (the canonical history, aims and personality) and the digital representation of characters in the game League of Legends. We use a combination of close media analysis and broader trend analysis of the champion roster in order to demonstrate this ludonarrative dissonance, alongside metanarrative discussion from the community forum. We discuss the implications of discordance between lore and implementation from a gender-power perspective, highlighting in particular the presentation of
performative femininity as a design factor superseding that of narrative logic. Implications of these findings are discussed

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Published date: 16 July 2016
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 399089
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/399089
ISSN: 1613-0073
PURE UUID: 42774ae5-3bdc-4a3b-aaeb-fdd853c1372a

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Date deposited: 08 Aug 2016 08:19
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 19:50

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Author: Elzabi Rimington
Author: Tom Blount

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