Ibis Theatre

Masculinity in Games: The Good, The Bad, and the Ehhh

Over the last couple years there’s been an increased amount of conversations happening around the topic of toxic masculinity. Particularly its extensive visibility in various forms of media, including television, film, and of course video games. Its prevalence is hard to ignore, from outdated stereotypes of macho-men, to mechanics that allow and even reward misogynistic violence. But is there hope? What games are making strides in representations of positive aspects of masculinity? What characters challenge aspects of toxic masculinity? And what can the games industry do to continually get better? Join a mixed panel of game developers and academics to delve into an in-depth discussion of masculinity in video games.


Noni Och [Associate Producer, 3rd Sense], Leigh Harris [Senior Game Designer, Wargaming Sydney], Facundo Calderon [Producer/Designer, Freelance], Mahli-Ann Butt [PhD candidate, University of Sydney], Teja Simvic [Organiser, Game Workers Unite]