I am having some issues with regards to my thesis. My supervisor has basically disappeared due to what I can only assume are personal reasons.
Currently my thesis topic is as follows:
Aggressive and abusive use of language or actions commited interpersonally mediated through video game play by males. This means that I want to see how individuals basically BM eachother in game or in real life (or hit eachother) BECAUSE of a game. I am looking at what is essentially the ways in which boys or men act aggressively towards others because they are losing in a game, or performing poorly etc.
The best example i can give is someone going 25-2 in Call of Duty at a LAN cafe or LAN centre and then dying and typing out "F*** YOU! NOOB" etc. Or yelling out. There was a previous study done of an all night LAN play and it was super interesting to see how the men and boys expressed their masculinity by swearing at or intimidating others as well as playing the video game.
The OTHER Topic I might want to look at is the expression of aggressive language and banter between players of Starcraft in the professional and semi-professional E-Sports scene. This would be cool especially if I could get interviews with players, though primarily I could use replays posted publicly.
The problem is that Ethics is a bigger deal in the first case and also in the first case most LAN centres within a reasonable distance to me have rules against BM and swearing etc.
I love starcraft and if my thesis could end up being related to starcraft I think I would be happier over the next 2 years but I already have a lot of work done for the first thesis. I would love to talk to my supervisor but she is gone.
As a note I am taking Criminology and am not looking at video game effects but how video games can be analysed as a medium through which men enact masculinity. This is really what I want to look at. If I go the SC pro scene or semi-pro scene I can public source video etc and ethics becomes less important. Further, I can also draw links to previous studies related to conventional sports and masculine expressions of activity. I mean the majority of players of SC are male so if anything expressions of masculinity in game playing can be more pronounced than similar expressions in conventional sports.
Any thoughts or Ideas?
If I get the Starcraft route I will be about 4 or 5 months behind on my thesis but I am ok with that.
Thanks community would love to hear your thoughts :D