Game Studies

Game Studies


Interviews with scholars of games and gaming about their new books. For more information about the Game Studies special series, please contact Rudolf Thomas Inderst at

Sören Schoppmeier, "Playing American: Open-World Videogames and the Reproduction of American Culture" (De Gruyter, 2023)

July 19, 2024

Playing American

Sören Schoppmeier

Videogames have always depicted representations of American culture, but how exactly they feed back into this culture is less obvious. Advocating an a…

Souvik Mukherjee, "Videogames in the Indian Subcontinent: Development, Culture(s) and Representations" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

July 1, 2024

Videogames in the Indian Subcontinent

Souvik Mukherjee
Hosted by Xenia Zeiler

While there has been considerable research on digital cultures in the Indian Subcontinent, video games have received scant attention so far. Yet, they…

Edwin McRae, "Narrative Worldbuilding: A Player Centric Approach to Designing Story Rich Game Worlds" (Narrative, 2024)

May 28, 2024

Narrative Worldbuilding

Edwin McRae and Rachel Rees

Game worlds differ from traditional fictional worlds. While literary and cinematic worlds are written to host character arcs and plots, game worlds ne…

En Li, "Betting on the Civil Service Examinations: The Lottery in Late Qing China" (Harvard UP, 2023)

May 17, 2024

Betting on the Civil Service Examinations

En Li
Hosted by Laurie Dickmeyer

During the Qing dynasty in China, a wide variety of people participated in a lottery game named weixing (“surname guessing”), which had participants p…

Regina Seiwald and Ed Vollans, "(Not) In the Game: History, Paratexts, and Games" (de Gruyter, 2023)

May 8, 2024

(Not) In the Game

Regina Seiwald and Ed Vollans

How do games represent history, and how do we make sense of the history of games? The industry regularly uses history to sell products, while processe…

Jaakko Stenros and Markus Montola, "The Rule Book: The Building Blocks of Games" (MIT Press, 2024)

May 4, 2024

The Rule Book

Jaakko Stenros and Markus Montola

How games are built on the foundations of rules, and how rules—of which there are only five kinds—really work. Board games to sports, digital games t…

Nick Jones, "Gooey Media: Screen Entertainment and the Graphic User Interface" (Edinburgh UP, 2023)

March 15, 2024

Gooey Media

Nick Jones
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The Graphic User Interface, or GUI, is the adhesive centre of today’s screen entertainment web. From films and television to apps and videogames, it h…

Peter D. McDonald, "Run and Jump: The Meaning of the 2D Platformer" (MIT Press, 2024)

March 15, 2024

Run and Jump

Peter D. McDonald

How abstract design decisions in 2D platform games create rich worlds of meaning for players.Since the 1980s, 2D platform games have captivated their …

Poppy Wilde, "Posthuman Gaming: Avatars, Gamers, and Entangled Subjectivities" (Routledge, 2023)

March 2, 2024

Posthuman Gaming

Poppy Wilde

Posthuman Gaming: Avatars, Gamers, and Entangled Subjectivities (Routledge, 2023) explores the relationship between avatar and gamer in the massively …

Stefano Gualeni, "The Clouds: An Experiment in Theory-Fiction" (Routledge, 2023)

January 24, 2024

The Clouds

Stefano Gualeni

On a slow autumn afternoon, an atmospheric physicist working at the Malta Weather Station receives a surprising email from a colleague working in the …

Hartmut Koenitz, "Understanding Interactive Digital Narrative: Immersive Expressions for a Complex Time" (Routledge, 2023)

January 19, 2024

Understanding Interactive Digital Narrative

Hartmut Koenitz

This remarkably clearly written and timely critical evaluation of core issues in the study and application of interactive digital narrative (IDN) unta…

Cross-Cultural Research on Gaming and “Gaming Disorder”

January 19, 2024

Cross-Cultural Research on Gaming and “Gaming Disorder”

Veli-Matti Karhulahti and Yaewon Jin
Hosted by Satoko Naito

In 1998 the phrase “internet addiction” was first used to describe problematic prolonged internet use, and encompassed a wide range of online activiti…

David B. Nieborg and Maxwell Foxman, "Mainstreaming and Game Journalism" (MIT Press, 2023)

January 15, 2024

Mainstreaming and Game Journalism

David B. Nieborg and Maxwell Foxman

Why games are still niche and not mainstream, and how journalism can help them gain cultural credibility. Mainstreaming and Game Journalism (MIT Pres…

Emma Reay, "The Child in Videogames: From the Meek, to the Mighty, to the Monstrous" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)

December 20, 2023

The Child in Videogames

Emma Reay

Drawing across Games Studies, Childhood Studies, and Children’s Literature Studies, Emma Reay's book The Child in Videogames: From the Meek, to the Mi…

Robert Houghton, "Playing the Middle Ages: Pitfalls and Potential in Modern Games" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

December 7, 2023

Playing the Middle Ages

Robert Houghton

The Middle Ages have provided rich source material for physical and digital games from Dungeons and Dragons to Assassin's Creed. Playing the Middle Ag…

Chad Randl and D. Medina Lasansky, "Playing Place: Board Games, Popular Culture, Space" (MIT Press, 2023)

November 9, 2023

Playing Place

Chad Randl and D. Medina Lasansky

An essay collection exploring the board game's relationship to the built environment, revealing the unexpected ways that play reflects perceptions of …

Peter Nelson, "Computer Games As Landscape Art" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)

November 6, 2023

Computer Games As Landscape Art

Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson's book Computer Games As Landscape Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) proposes that computer games are the paradigmatic form of contemporary …

Gabe Durham, "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" (Boss Fight Books, 2020)

October 26, 2023

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Gabe Durham
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

For the third anniversary of the Asian Review of Books podcast, I wanted to do something a little different today—and talk about another one of my hob…

Ben Whaley, "Toward a Gameic World: New Rules of Engagement from Japanese Video Games" (U Michigan Press, 2023)

October 2, 2023

Toward a Gameic World

Ben Whaley
Hosted by Nathan Hopson

Ben Whaley’s Toward a Gameic World: New Rules of Engagement from Japanese Video Games (U Michigan Press 2023) examines the pathbreaking engagement str…

Federico Alvarez Igarzábal, "Time and Space in Video Games: A Cognitive-Formalist Approach" (Transcript, 2020)

September 23, 2023

Time and Space in Video Games

Federico Alvarez Igarzábal

Video games are temporal artifacts: They change with time as players interact with them in accordance with rules. In Time and Space in Video Games: A …