Publications

Academic

When All You Have is a Banhammer: The Social and Communicative Work of Moderators
MIT Master’s Thesis

My master’s thesis, building from ethnographic research done with Twitch large-scale esports event moderators. There’s also video of my thesis presentation, although it omits some sections.

Jamming for Allies: finding a formula for inclusive design exploration collaborations
ICGJ ’17 Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events; co-authored with Kaelan Doyle-Myerscough, Richard Eberhardt, and Mikael Jakobsson

On exploring the potential of using game jams to engage game developers on issues related to inclusivity in game design, using critical analysis of local co-operative (a.k.a. couch co-op) games. These findings were used as input to design two game jams aimed at addressing identified inclusivity issues.

Everything Is Wiped Away: Queer Temporality in Queers in Love at the End of the World
Camera Obscura, Duke University Press

Analyzing a queer game using theories of queer temporality and a re-thinking of slow cinema for quick games, in order to ask: how do we represent queer experiences without falling back on queer on-screen representation?

Non-Academic

Gender & Esports—Best Practices for Inclusive Tournaments
AnyKey; co-authored

A best practices guide to running inclusive esports tournaments. An accompanying guide on moderation best practices is forthcoming.

You’re not the hero of Pyre’s revolution, and that’s the point
RockPaperShotgun

Looking at how Pyre manages to depict a revolution that really is a group effort, rather than the work of one protagonist.

How RimWorld’s Code Defines Strict Gender Roles
RockPaperShotgun

Popping open the hood of a game in order to critique procedurally generated games! Critical code analysis of RimWorld 0.15’s handling of romance and sexuality.