WGST-420: Seminar

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2017


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Feminist Philosophy | Other Film and Media Studies

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

This paper explores the feminist ethic of care in Undertale's "meta" narrative and gameplay from the perspective of an avid gamer. Using Nel Noddings' ethical framework to analyze the actions and attitudes of the characters (including the player) and their consequences, I argue that Undertale provides distinctively feminist ethical gameplay that not only criticizes the frequent violence in role-playing games, but also encourages the player to always approach any interaction with a character (or a real person) as an encounter between individuals whose unique circumstances and needs must be considered.