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Academic Journal Articles

House, Ryan. “‘Likers Get Liked’: Platform Capitalism and the Precariat in Death Stranding.” Democracy Dies Playfully: (Anti-)Democratic Ideas In and Around Video Games, special issue of Gamevironments, no. 13, 2020, pp. 290-316.

Kocik, David. “‘Discrepancy Detected’: Operationalizing Immigration and Border Policy in Papers, Please.” Democracy Dies Playfully: (Anti-)Democratic Ideas In and Around Video Games, special issue of Gamevironments, no. 13, 2020, pp. 35-63.



Academic Book Chapters

House, Ryan. “Life on the Battlefield: Reframing the Domestic Experience of War in This War of Mine.” Feminist War Games?: Mechanisms of War, Feminist Values, and Interventional Games, edited by Jon Saklofske, Alyssa Arbuckle, and Jon Bath, Routledge, Dec 2019, pp. 53-63.    



Academic Conference Presentations and Proceedings

House, Ryan. “Same but differ.ent…”: The Cinemas of Attraction and Narrative in No Code’s “The House Abandon.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, 2021.

House, Ryan. “What’chu Lookin’ At?”: Narrative, Spectatorship, and Ludic Constructivism in Variable State’s Virginia.” International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT, November 21, 2019.


Kersting, Evelynn. “Fusing Story and Game: Narrativizing Ludic Death in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice,” MPCA/ACA, Cincinnati, OH, October 11, 2019.


Kocik, David. “Gaming Reborn: Queer Play and Pleasure in Pokemon Fan Mods.” The Queerness and Games Conference. Paper accepted, conference rescheduled due to COVID-19. Presented on YouTube, November 18, 2020.

Kocik, David. Fandom and Gaming Salon. Fan Studies Network – North America Conference. October 13, 2020. Presented online via Zoom.

Kocik, David. “‘Well Excuse Me, Princess:’ Designed Identity and Gendered Heroism in Nintendo Switch Advertising.” Digital Heroisms Conference. Glasgow, Scotland, August 5, 2020. Presented online via Discord.

Kocik, David. “Locked and Loaded: Masculine Performativity in Robert Yang’s The Tearoom.” Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. Milwaukee, WI, February 15th, 2019.


O’Ceallaigh, Casey. Teaching Graduate Students to Teach Online, UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium. Virtual. January 14, 2021.

O’Ceallaigh, Casey. “Transcending Sound: Trans Sound Narratives in Video Games.” MPCA/ACA. Virtual. 2020.

O’Ceallaigh, Casey. “Stream Me Up, Scotty: Using Twitch in the Digital Humanities Classroom.” MPCA/ACA, Cincinnati, OH, October 11, 2019.

O’Ceallaigh, Casey. Twitch-based Pedagogies. Digital Humanities Lab at Golda Mier Library, Milwaukee, WI, 2019.


Popular Publications:

Kocik, David. “Avatar Selection as Queer Resistance in Pokémon Reborn.” In Media Res. March 25, 2020.

O’Ceallaigh, Casey. Punk’s Undead, Fantastic Frights Comics Anthology. Cloudscape Comics, 2021.


Upcoming Publications

Kersting, Evelynn and Stuart Moulthrop. “Before You Step Into the Stream.” Forthcoming publication.

Kersting, Evelynn, Janelle Malagon, and Casey O’Ceallaigh. “A Year in the Life of The Arena: Academic Livestreaming and Competitive Play.” Forthcoming publication.

O’Ceallaigh, Casey. Signs of Change: Visualizing Deafness in Fraction and Aja’s Hawkeye #19, Popular Cultures Studies Journal, Upcoming 2021