I'm delighted to bring you my interview with Mark J. P. Wolf, one of the leading figures in video game studies and author of The Medium of the Video Game (2001), The Video Game Theory Reader (2003), and the forthcoming The Video Game Explosion: A History from PONG to PlayStation and Beyond.
Mark is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at Concordia University Wisconsin. He has a Ph.D. from the Critical Studies Program of the School of Cinema/Television at the University of Southern California. He is also the director and founder of the Multimedia Communication Program at Concordia.
In the interview Mark talks about his forthcoming book, which he describes as "the first academic history of video games" ; the status of game studies and the value of older games ; and his next major project, Subcreation: Building Imaginary Worlds, which focuses on "the construction of imaginary worlds like those of Tolkien, Star Wars, Star Trek, and so on."
I want to thank Mark for graciously accepting my invitation to chat and for being so generous with his time.