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Doing Performance Studies Research at a GameStop: Part 1

What I’m supposed to do and why:

As a Com Studies major one of the classes I am required to take is called Performing Culture. In it I will essentially be seeking to apply and analyze how the foundations of performance and cultural studies shape human interactions, the presentation of self, culture, monkey sex, identity, blah, blah, blah. A big part of my grade for the class will come from a semester long research project which requires me to select a site where people congregate (bar, frat house, sporting event, outlet mall, ect.) and by acting as a participant/observer of that site form an argument about some aspect of performance which I feel is taking place. For example, I could choose to study how/why men consciously/unconsciously exert their masculinity in an E.R. waiting room.

A proposal describing the site, my research question, and featuring a listing of relevant peer-reviewed literature, is due next week.

My unofficially proposed site:

Why the hell I chose it:

1. There’s a dynamic at a Gamestop which is really only ever appreciated by gamers. I know there have blogs about it before, but the different types of people that visit a Gamestop – from the parents who don’t know a Playstation from a Snuggie to the 16 year olds who need to constantly try and dick measure their video game knowledge with the clerk – are all ripe with research boner potential.

2. It involves something I’m actually interested in.

3. I’m supposed to spend at least 10 hours ‘on-site’ so I’d prefer if it was somewhere with some redeeming qualities. In other words, I’d rather kill a homeless man by shoving change into his eyes (while yelling, “Here’s your spare change, hope you can afford SOME SPARE EYES.”) than spend my time at a club or a Walmart.

Why I’m telling you all this:

To ask if y’all have any suggestions as to what I might want to specifically look for in this research. Are there some annoying behaviors or interesting quirks you find when visiting a gamestop you’d like to have analyzed and translated into boring, pedantic cultural research?

In the process of writing this blurb I came up with one idea, which I kind of like. It’d be interesting if I found a GameStop with a female employee in the area, and documented how the predominately male cliental interacted with her (“OMG a girl that likes teh gamez 2!”) as compared to her vagina-less counterparts.
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About Brandnamecommercialone of us since 12:48 PM on 07.23.2007

I'm a 20 year old college student studying outside of Austin, TX.
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My Turn-based Bio: I will walk around and arbitrarily talk to everyone in my small village, only to have it burst into flames the next day. I will awaken the only survivor of the mysterious fiery explosion but with no recollection of my past or who I am. I'll head to the nearest town and get a job at the local item shop. Eventually I'll forget about the whole explosion nonsense and start a family with that person who stands in front of town to tell people what town she's standing in front of.

PSN: BrandNameC
Currently Playing:
-Resonance of Fate
-Breath of Fire IV

Want to be Playing
1) God of War 3
2) No More Heroes 2
3) Super Street Fighter IV
4) Heavy Rain

My favourite 5 games on the systems I currently own/play:

SNES: Chrono Trigger, FFVI, Super Mario RPG, Kirby Super Star, SMW 2: Yoshi' Island

PSX: FF VIII, Xenogears, Final Fantasy Tactics, Chrono Cross, Breath of Fire IV

DC: Rez, Marvel v Capcom 2, Shenmue II, Powerstone 2, Samba de Amigo

PS2: Persona 4, FFX, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Devil May Cry 3, Suikoden III

GC: LoZ: Wind Waker, Tales of Symphonia, Animal Crossing, SSBM, Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes

Wii: Super Mario Galaxy, RE4: Wii Edition, SSBB, Zak & Wiki, Okami

PS3: Valkyria Chronicles, Uncharted 2, Metal Gear Solid 4, Demon's Souls, Burnout: Paradise

GBA: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, LoZ: Minish Cap, Golden Sun, Tactics Ogre: The Knights of Lotus, Pokemon Sapphire

DS: Pokemon Diamond, Animal Crossing Wild World, M&L: Bowser's Inside Story, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Castlevania: PoR

PSP: FFT: War of the Lions, FFVII: Crisis Core, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Lumines, Metal Gear Ac!d

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3. DC
4. PS3
5. PSX

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