ICA 2014 Review

ICA 2014: “Communication and the Good Life” was a fantastic conference. Without question, the research presented this year was some of the best I have seen.

My ICA experience started with the games pre-conference “Behind the Pixels”. This day-long pre-conference focused on all things games and was packed with great talks on a range of topics, such as game-based learning and game addiction. The talk on video game addiction by Michelle Carras and colleagues from John Hopkins University stood out to me as particularly promising. They proposed taking a new perspective on video game addiction in terms of its similarities to substance, rather than behavioral, addictions. Fascinating…Continue reading »

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ICA 2014

This year’s annual meeting of the International Communication Association will be taking place in Seattle at the end of May. I am excited to announce that this year I will be presenting two research articles, one at the Game Studies pre-conference and one in the Game Studies’ SIG of the main conference. I will also be co-presenting an additional article in the Game Studies’ SIG that I co-authored with Emese Domahidi. All of these projects focus on the social and psychological causes and consequences of online video game involvement. The abstracts of these projects/presentations are outlined…Continue reading »

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ICA Election Results

The votes are in! I am excited to report that my election for Secretary of Game Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) within the International Communication Association (ICA) has been successful! My term will start at the close of the Annual Conference in Seattle. I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to hold a more active role within the Game Studies SIG and hope to serve the community well.

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ICA 2013 Review

The annual conference put on by the ICA (International Communication Association) this year was fantastic! If you were not able to attend, I highly recommend that you try to make it out next year (it will be in Seattle, WA, USA). Not only did I get the chance to catch up with some familiar faces, I was also able to meet a lot of new researchers!…Continue reading »

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Trans-Atlantic Game Talk 5

Video from the latest installment of the “Trans-Atlantic Game Talks,” which features Dr. Mary Beth Oliver’s (Penn State) research on meaningful experiences with video games, is now online.…Continue reading »

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Trans-Atlantic Game Talk 4

The theme of this third session was “Violent Crime and Media Effects: Evidence and Speculation”. As we continue to look for answers for tragic mass crimes, discussion among researchers and the public about the potential role of violent media in serious violent crime is perhaps as active as it has ever been.…Continue reading »


ICA 2013

I will be presenting two papers at this year’s ICA conference in London. The first, “Seeking Social Comfort: The Social and Emotional Motivations Underlying Online Video Game Involvement” will be presented at the ICA preconference for the Game Studies SIG entitled…Continue reading »

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