Clash of Realities Keynote, 2015

In 2015, I was invited to take part in the Clash of Realities conference hosted by the Cologne Game Lab at the University of Cologne (see my previous post about the conference here). Unbeknownst to me (until recently), the second day of keynote lectures were recorded! I am pleased to be able to now share my keynote lecture: Online Gaming Spaces as Socially Compensatory and Rehabilitative Spaces. In this talk, I discuss the potential for online gaming spaces to be socially compensatory and rehabilitative spaces for socially vulnerable populations (e.g., shy, lonely, socially unskilled). This lecture draws on empirical research that indicates the ability for online video games to be harnessed as socially rehabilitative…Continue reading »

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New Perspectives on the Social Aspects of Digital Gaming: Multiplayer 2

In 2014, Professor Thorsten Quandt and I held the multi.player 2 conference in Münster, Germany. This conference was a sequel to the highly successful multi.player conference held in Hohenheim, Germany in 2011. Like its predecessor, this conference focused on research relating to the social aspects of gaming – from multiplayer and social gaming to content analyses of the social…Continue reading »

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Clash of Realities 2015

This week I attended (and spoke) at my first Clash of Realities conference and it was a wonderful experience! This conference was able to successfully achieve what a lot of conferences do not by bringing together various groups of scholars, educators, and professionals to share their areas of expertise.

When I originally decided to pursue a scientific career, my primary motivation was to develop and carry out research projects that would help clinicians to better carry out their professional tasks. Specifically, I wanted to uncover new information about online gaming and media effects that would better inform clinicians about these topics so they, in turn, could better inform their clients. Clash of Realities had a similar goal: to bring together game scholars, game educators, and game developers and designers so we could…Continue reading »

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Sexist Games = Sexist Gamers?

From the over sexualized characters in fighting games, such as Dead or Alive or Ninja Gaiden, to the overuse of the damsel in distress trope in popular titles, such as the Super Mario series, the under- and misrepresentation of females in video games has been well documented in several content analyses. Cultivation theory suggests that long-term exposure to media content can affect perceptions of social realities in a way that they become more similar to the representations in the media and, in turn, impact one’s beliefs and attitudes. Previous studies on video…Continue reading »


Psychosocial Causes and Consequences of Online Video Game Play

Researchers have grown concerned as to whether or not engagement within online…Continue reading »


Multi.Player 2 Review

I was fortunate enough to co-chair the multi.player 2 conference earlier this month at the University of Münster in Münster, Germany. This international conference focusing on the social aspects of digital gaming featured several prominent keynotes as well as various talks and panels from digital games scholars from across the globe (you can see the full program here)

For me, the keynotes of the conference were the real highlights. In particular, I enjoyed the talk by Chris Ferguson (Stetson University) who discussed…Continue reading »

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Social Gaming, Lonely Life?

In recent years, there have been rising concerns about the potential negative social impact of online video games, particularly in relation to adolescent players. While there has been a wealth of research in this area, none has yet to provide information relating to the potential broad social changes that may occur due to extended online video game play through social displacement mechanisms. In this context, social…Continue reading »


Online Gaming Friendships among Emotionally Sensitive Individuals

With the advent of new social technologies, researchers have become increasingly interested in the functionality of mediated social spaces as environments where individuals can meet new people and gather with old friends. Due to their accessibility and the range of social affordances provided by these spaces (i.e., visual anonymity, asynchronicity), mediated social environments (i.e., chat rooms, online forums, online games) are believed to be particularly valuable…Continue reading »


Reconsidering the Stereotype of Online Gamers

Turn on the TV at any given hour and you are bound to find a reference…Continue reading »