In Luke Cuddy & John Nordlinger (eds.), World of Warcraft and Philosophy: Wrath of the Philosopher King. Open Court. pp. 131-142 (2009)

Debra L. Jackson
California State University, Bakersfield
Although World of Warcraft utilizes ethnic and gender stereotypes in the construction of its playable characters, the structure of the gaming environment provides a modest utopian vision that is structurally just, maximizing both liberty and equality among participants in a way consistent with John Rawls's Theory of Justice. As a result, class, race, and gender are much more a matter of human (humanoid) variety, rather than a tool for hierarchically differentiation. Nevertheless, in players' engagement with the game, class, race, and gender differences take on meaning well beyond the strucuture of the Warcraft universe demonstrating how real world values infect our imagination.
Keywords World of Warcraft  gender  race  Rawls
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