50-Something Gaming Academics on Twitter

LIST TIME! Below is a list of 50+ academics on Twitter who study or write about the overlap between video games and fields like psychology, communications, sociology, law, and more. The list was mostly generated by readers like you so. This is awesome, but it also means no guarantees about how much these people tweet, but I know that I found at least a few new sites and accounts to follow.

Thanks to everyone who contributed! If you have one to add, leave it in the comments.

  • Alix, Florent: Game mechanics in interaction design and service design
    Website | Twitter
  • Aranzaes, Hugo: Video Game Psychology
    Website | Twitter
  • Bailenson, Jeremy: Virtual worlds, virtual reality
    Website | Twitter
  • Banks, Jamie: Virtual worlds, user-technology relationship
    Website | Twitter
  • Barr, Matthew: Video games & learning, research developer and games studies lecturer
    Website | Twitter
  • Bogost, Ian: Game designer
    Website | Twitter
  • Boudreau, Kelly: Avatar/player hybridity, player culture, social media games
    Website | Twitter
  • Bowman, Nick: Communications, interactive media
    Website | Twitter
  • Bushman, Brad: Violence in video games
    Website | Twitter
  • Cardona, Josué: Geek culture, health, counseling and eduction
    Website | Twitter
  • Cardona-Rivera, Rogelio: AI, cognitive psychology, narrative
    Website | Twitter
  • Chapman, Adam: Historical video games and the video game as a historical form.
    Website | Twitter
  • Chen, Mark: Ethnography of games, Leet Noobs author
    Website | Twitter
  • Consalvo, Mia: Games studies, cheating
    Website | Twitter
  • Dickinson, Ted: Advertising in gaming
    Twitter
  • Dill-Shackleford, Karen: Media psychologist, Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology
    Twitter
  • Eden, Allison: Media psychology and entertainment research
    Twitter
  • Ferguson, Christopher: Aggression, methods, meta analysis, children
    Website | Twitter
  • Fox, Jesse: Virtual environments (especially health, pro-environmental), avatars, agents, representations of sex, gender, and sexuality in games
    Website | Twitter
  • Fritsch, Melanie: Video Games music, virtual worlds research
    Website | Twitter
  • Good, Berni: Video Game Psychologist
    Website | Twitter
  • Griffiths, Mark: Gambling, video game addiction
    Website | Twitter
  • Heron, Michael: Accessibility and video games and text games
    Website | Twitter
  • Hilgard, Joseph : Preferences, addiction, violence, effects of game mechanics, statistics
    Website | Twitter
  • Huskey, Richard: Media Neuroscience, neural correlates of flow, evolutionary motivations for gameplay
    Website | Twitter
  • Ivory, James: Game content, game structure, game effects
    Website | Twitter
  • Jansz, Jeroen: Communications, media
    Website | Twitter
  • Jones, Sherry: Philosophy and rhetoric in games, games based learning
    Website | Twitter
  • Kowert, Rachel: Stereotypes of gamers, game involvement and social competence
    Website | Twitter
  • Kuniak, Steve: Geek/gamer culture
    Website | Twitter
  • Lastowka, Greg: Virtual World, intellectual property, and Internet law
    Website | Twitter
  • Lewis Evans, Ben: Human factors psychologist, gamer, researcher, teacher, presenter
    Website | Twitter
  • Lin, Jeffrey: Player behaviors in League of Legends
    Twitter
  • Madigan, Jamie: Psychology and video games
    Website | Twitter
  • McGonigal, Jane: Positive psychology, education, game design
    Website | Twitter
  • McReady, David: Writer, blogger, podcaster
    Website | Twitter
  • Media Neuroscience Lab: Narratives & morality, interactive narratives & violence, persuasion neuroscience
    Website | Twitter
  • Monu, Kafui: Research Associate, Use of games in business and organizations, gameful design, system analysis
    Website | Twitter
  • O’Connor, Patrick: Psychology, comics, and mental health
    Website | Twitter
  • Ortiz de Gortari, Angelica: Game transfer phenomenon
    Website | Twitter
  • Przybylski, Andrew: Motivation, psychology, games, Internet, self-regulation, psychosocial functioning
    Website | Twitter
  • Ralph, Paul: Design theory, gameful design, gamification
    Website | Twitter
  • Ross, Travis: Motivation, media design, cognitive psychology
    Website | Twitter
  • Schnell, Jessee: Game design
    Website | Twitter
  • Sicart, Miguel: Ethics in video games
    Website | Twitter
  • Spiel, Katharina: Accessibility and adaptiveness in video games and text games
    Twitter
  • Stigell, Louise: Video game psychology and gamification
    Website | Twitter
  • Sutherland, John: Editor in Chief of the Computer Games Journal
    Website | Twitter
  • Togelius, Julian: AI in games, procedural content generation, player modeling
    Website | Twitter
  • Video Game Research: research of all kinds related to video games
    Website | Twitter
  • Vorderer, Peter: Game enjoyment, interactivity, media
    Website | Twitter
  • Wearn, Nia: LudoLiteracy, teaching games design, adapting industry models & production methodologies to work in an educational setting
    Website | Twitter
  • Weststar, Johanna: Working conditions, quality of life, citizenship at work, sustainability
    Website | Twitter
  • White, Lauren: Cognitive psychology, learning in games, cognitive benefits from gaming Website | Twitter
  • Yee, Nick: Virtual Worlds
    Website | Twitter
  • Yen Tang, Wai: Blogger, grad student (communication & psychology)
    Website | Twitter
  • Young, Bryan-Mitchell: Ethnography of LAN parties, performances of gender and race
    Website | Twitter

Again, if you know of someone who should be on this list but isn’t, leave a comment below.

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22 thoughts on “50-Something Gaming Academics on Twitter

  1. Dear Jamie,

    My name is Leonardo Marengo, I am a student of the BA in Psychology (National University of Córdoba, Argentina), and researcher at the Laboratory of Psychology (Faculty of Psychology, National University of Cordoba, Argentina). Also, I integrate the management team of Project Neumann – Neuro Games, a project that placed third (over 600 projects) in an internal competition of E3 2013, held in Los Angeles (California, USA). Furthermore, my research focuses on evaluating the use of cognitive training games for children, adolescents and adults. I would be on the list! I do not have Twitter, but a Facebook profile (https://www.facebook.com/lmarengo66), which regularly share press releases related to cognitive research in video games. Additionally, I share the website of Neuro Games: http://www.neuro-games.com/.

    Best regards,

    Leonardo Marengo

    • Leonardo,

      Soy una alumna universitaria del nivel posgrado en los EEUU. En mi facultad, estamos trabajando con un profesor para disenar y distribuir juegos para entrenar analistas de inteligencia (hemos participado en un proyecto de IARPA que se llama SIRIUS). Trabajamos mucho con la psicologia cognitiva y lo que se llaman cognitive biases.

      Yo vivia en Cordoba por muchos anos y me encantaria establecer un vinculo ahi con una facultad y los intereses academicos de mi facultad. Si te interesa una conversacion, mi mail es mriche22@lakers.mercyhurst.edu.

  2. My name is David Mullich. I’ve been a game producer for over thirty years, teach game production at The Los Angeles Film School, and helped create the Boy Scout Game Design Merit Badge. I tweet daily on game design, gamification of the classroom, game-based learning, and game development for kids. My Twitter handle is @David_Mullich. Thank you.

  3. My name is Jim Scullion. I teach Computer Games Development at the University of the West of Scotland/ My research interests are in virtual worlds and collaborative learning. Twitter @jimscullion

  4. My name is Sebastian Standke. I’m from Germany and managed to publish some articles for Game Studies-anthologies, mostly with uncommon topics: connections between theatre and games, the embodyment of GLaDOS, the flow phenomenon at speedrunning sessions, … Actually I work on a calendar-project about digital games culture as well as on an anthology about atmosphere in games as a aesthetical strategy – together with the German media and culture scholar Christian Huberts. For that we still search for some game designers to answer us three questions about their work. You can find our Call for Interviews in English here: http://christianhuberts.blogspot.de/2013/05/betweenworlds-interviews.html

    It’d be great if you could add us in your list:

    Christian Huberts | Twitter: @ChristianHaH | Homepage: http://christianhuberts.blogspot.de/
    Sebastian Standke | Twitter: @s_standke | (Kinda homepage: http://superlevel.de/author/sebastian/ )

    Thank you!

  5. I’m currently in the last year of my Bsc Psychology. My final year project is focussed around Action Games on Aggression and Hostility.

    I am hoping to take this research further to investigate effects of video games on a wide range of research areas using a number of different research methods.

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  7. Hi, we’re a games development studio and research agency based in the UK. Have a look at our @dubit and @dubitgames accounts and you should find plenty there worth sharing. Be great if you could add our accounts too, our site is dubitlimited.com

  8. Hello everyone, I’m Christopher Michael Yap, and I am currently a PhD candidate at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (http://www.naist.jp). My research focus is interactive narrative in digital games. These days I have been becoming particularly interested in the ideas surrounding emergent narrative in games.
    Concurrently, I am also a narrative designer and producer at Plain Box Interactive (http://plain-box.com), a small indie game studio working out of Japan.
    I am also fervently interested in advocacy for Game Studies. To that end, I have spoken at PAX East 2014 on a panel on Mythology in Games (http://youtu.be/WtjAzMj-bIg).

    You can find me at @smart_bad

  9. Sebastian Deterding – @dingtweets – Gamification, ethics, user experience
    Lindsay Grace – @mindtoggle – Game design
    Kathrin Gerling – @kathringerling – Human-computer Interaction
    Bob De Schutter – @bobdeschutter – Games and ageing, game design, games and learning, motivation
    Lennart Nacke – @acagamic – User experience, game design
    Karolien Poels – @KPoels – Player experience, consumer psychology
    Wijnand IJsselsteijn – @psych_tech – human-computer interaction, neuropsychology
    Johannes Breuer – @matteagle09 – communication psychology
    Malte Elson – @matoesermalte – mediapsychology, effects
    Ashley Brown – @gamergrrl – game design, sexuality in rpgs

    It should be Jesse Schell, not Jessee Schnell

  10. Hi all, my name is James Butler (@Clock_punk on Twitter), a researcher in clinical gaming studies to promote environmental learning (The Lakescraft Project at Lancaster University, UK), research on cognitive mapping procedures, and a general interest in the design of digital worlds and player interaction – a rather mixed bag, but exteremely interconnected. Always enjoy chatting with fellow researchers in the field.

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