The New Imitation Game

The Queer Sinitic Potentialities of Internet Romance Games

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  • 1 Duke University, USA c.rojas@duke.edu
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Abstract

Taking as its starting point the “original” variant of Alan Turing's famous “imitation game” (in which a test subject attempts to differentiate, based purely on textual output, between a man and a woman), this article considers the ways in which gender and sexuality are simulated in the contemporary genre of virtual romance or dating video games. The article focuses on three Sinitic games, each of which strategically queers this predominantly heteronormative genre. In queering desire, moreover, these Sinitic games simultaneously suggest ways in which Chinese society itself may also be strategically queered.

Contributor Notes

Carlos Rojas is Professor of Cultural Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. He is the author, editor, and translator of numerous works, including Homesickness: Culture, Contagion, and National Transformation in Modern China. Email: c.rojas@duke.edu

Screen Bodies

The Journal of Embodiment, Media Arts, and Technology

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