I am a Leeds United supporter. In my day-job I am a Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the Media School, Indiana University. I am also a Founding Principal Editor with the Journal of Visual Culture and co-edit the MIT Press Game Histories Book Series with Henry Lowood.
I have written the following books: Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife (MIT Press, 2014), Edited Clean Version: Technology and the Culture of Control (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), and co-edited The Object Reader (with Fiona Candlin, Routledge, 2009) and Popular Culture: A Reader (with Omayra Zaragoza Cruz, Sage, 2005). Recently I co-edited Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon (MIT Press, 2016) with Henry Lowood. My writings on game history appear in many journals and magazines including: Cabinet, Design Issues, Design and Culture, Game Studies, Journal of Design History, Journal of Visual Culture, and Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. I am also in the thick of researching my next single-authored book, Atari Modern: A Design History of Atari’s Coin-Op Cabinets, 1972 – 1979 (Bloomsbury Academic). Future writing plans include a short book on the pre-history of William Higinbotham’s 1958 analog computer simulation, a collection devoted to EA Sport’s FIFA, and a book on Marshall McLuhan.
General research interests are: video game history and preservation, design culture and history, history and philosophy of technology, cultural studies of technology, cultural and contemporary history, life history of objects and material culture.