Not So Straight Shooters: Queering the Cyborg Body in Masculinized Gaming

  • Nicholas Taylor
  • Shira Chess
Part of the Palgrave Games in Context book series (PAGCON)


Piqued by instances of homoerotic aggression in both online and physical contexts of play, this chapter explores the potentially queering aspects of gaming between straight white men. In contradiction to hegemonic masculine ideal of an impermeable and agential male body, players’ bodies are played upon by pulses of affect originating from the game and/or from the bodily/machinic exertions of other players’ button mashing.

Read thusly, instances of sexualized aggression allow straight male gamers to assert their heteronormativity, while also enjoying the erotic intimacy of male-on-male gaming and the queering pleasures of digital play. By illuminating the fraught paradox between homoeroticism and homophobia that characterizes these play spaces, this chapter contributes to growing body of research that illustrates the fraught associations between heteronormativity, masculinity, and gaming.


Masculinity Digital games Homoeroticism Queer studies Cyberfeminism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Taylor
    • 1
  • Shira Chess
    • 2
  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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