Pedagogy and Possible Futures

The following is from a short talk I presented for the Entertainment Design Symposium at Shanghai Tech in October 2020. It was part of a panel focused on game education and I was asked to address the issue of esports in academic programs. I’m a professor in the department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT…

Game studies histories

There’s been some discussion recently about game studies as a field. What defines it. What discussions dominate it. The usual wranglings over intellectual histories within scholarly (and I suppose other) domains. It’s something I’ve certainly thought about before. Back in 2009 I wrote a piece trying to disrupt some of the framing around the field.…

DiGRA remarks on collegiate esports

In August 2019 I gave a keynote at DiGRA (a game studies conference) on the subject of esports and networked broadcasting. At the end, I offered the following remarks on collegiate esports. One quick additional note, after the talk I was struck by how many faculty came up to me to say they are being…

Watch Me Play now available

My new book, Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming (Princeton), is now out! You can pick up a copy at Amazon, Princeton, or your local bookseller. I was also so lucky to have the fantastic folks over at Emerson Esports make me a book trailer video for it. Check out…

Climate scientists live streaming

I got a chance to talk with Nora Young of the CBC about ClimateFortnite, an amazing live stream project from Henri Drake, graduate student here at MIT. Drake brings together scientists to both play games and answer questions about climate science. A fascinating combo that seems to have really hooked some folks. Check out the…