Keep Calm and Game On

Rachel Kowert, PhD

University of Münster


Hello and welcome to my little corner of the web. Here you can find information on my research, publications, and current projects. If you have any questions or are interested in exploring potential collaborations, please feel free to e-mail me.


Recent Posts

Violent Video Games and Violent Behavior

Moral panics relating to video games have been spiralling out of control for some time now. Grand Theft Auto causes school shootings, Leisure Suit Larry leads to a decline in societies morals, Bully teaches kids…Continue reading »


Sexist Games = Sexist Gamers?

From the over sexualized characters in fighting games, such as Dead or Alive or Ninja Gaiden, to the overuse of the damsel in distress trope in popular titles, such as the Super Mario series, the under- and misrepresentation of females in video games has been well documented in several content analyses. Cultivation theory suggests that long-term exposure to media content can affect perceptions of social realities in a way that they become more similar to the representations in the media and, in turn, impact one’s beliefs and attitudes. Previous studies on video…Continue reading »