The Usage of Chinese Culture in Character Designs for Science Fiction Games

Date of Award

May 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Juan Juarez

Second Advisor

Robert C. Dacey

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


The purpose of this thesis is to examine the relationship between Chinese culture and contemporary game design. Although there are many games that combine Asian culture with science fiction, there are few good science fiction games that combine specifically with Chinese culture. People might think that Chinese science fiction is hard to present and easy to become clichd. As a Chinese person, I want to be able to use Chinese culture to create character designs. This thesis was designed to explore, and research current science fiction video games that include Chinese culture and to develop a series of Chinese culture science fiction character designs.

This thesis first introduces my progress as a creative artist: my personal growth, the art that influenced me, and my connection with my Chinese culture. The thesis then identifies the uses of Chinese culture and science fiction elements in different video games. In the final part, I present my thesis project, which is inspired by both Chinese culture and a science fiction concept story written by myself.

In conclusion, my study of different video games designs, I gave my ideas to create my own game designs. This thesis hopes to offer viewers a new sight of Chinese culture through my concept art and thus help more people to think Chinese science fiction is doable and has a bright future.


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