The Top Journals for Video Game Research

It seems like there were not many journals devoted specifically to video game studies not so long ago. Now there are several. Here is a list of journals for videogame and gaming research, with indications as to whether they are print or online, and brief descriptions from their websites. Drop me a note if I missed one or if a new one starts up.

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Computer Game Education Review

Type: Online

Note: Initial publication is set for 2010.

CGER is a peer-reviewed, annual, aca­d­e­mic pub­li­ca­tion address­ing issues that con­cern the teach­ing of game design and devel­op­ment. These include, but are not lim­ited to, cur­ricu­lum orga­ni­za­tion, teach­ing method­olo­gies (e.g., con­cep­tual vs. exem­plary), assess­ment tools and tech­niques, game gen­res and clas­si­fi­ca­tions, soci­etal impact, eco­nomic and com­mer­cial issues, legal aspects, and approaches to stu­dent eval­u­a­tion that are of inter­est to fac­ulty and insti­tu­tions involved in the edu­ca­tion and train­ing of future game developers.

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ELUDAMOS, Journal for Computer Game Culture

Type: Online

ELUDAMOS is an international, multi-disciplined, biannual e-journal that publishes peer-reviewed articles that theoretically and/or empirically deal with digital games in their manifold appearances and their sociocultural-historical contexts. ELUDAMOS positions itself as a publication that fundamentally transgresses disciplinary boundaries. The aim is to join questions about and approaches to computer games from decidedly heterogeneous scientific contexts (for example cultural studies, media studies, (art) history, sociology, (social) psychology, and semiotics) and, thus, to advance the interdisciplinary discourse on digital games. This approach does not exclude questions about the distinct features of digital games a an aesthetic and cultural form of articulation, on the contrary, the issue is to distinguish their media specific characteristics as well as their similarity to other forms of aesthetic and cultural practice. That way, the editors would like to contribute to the lasting distinction of international game studies as an academic discipline.

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Game Studies, the International Journal of Computer Game Research

Type: Online

Our Mission – To explore the rich cultural genre of games; to give scholars a peer-reviewed forum for their ideas and theories; to provide an academic channel for the ongoing discussions on games and gaming.

Game Studies is a crossdisciplinary journal dedicated to games research, web-published several times a year at www.gamestudies.org.

Our primary focus is aesthetic, cultural and communicative aspects of computer games, but any previously unpublished article focused on games and gaming is welcome. Proposed articles should be jargon-free, and should attempt to shed new light on games, rather than simply use games as metaphor or illustration of some other theory or phenomenon.

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Games and Culture, A Journal of Interactive Media

Type: Print

Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media is a new, quarterly international journal that publishes innovative theoretical and empirical research about games and culture within interactive media. The journal serves as a premiere outlet for ground-breaking work in the field of game studies.

Games and Culture’s scope includes the socio-cultural, political, and economic dimensions of gaming from a wide variety of perspectives, including textual analysis, political economy, cultural studies, ethnography, critical race studies, gender studies, media studies, public policy, international relations, and communication studies. Other arenas include the following:

  • Issues of gaming culture related to race, class, gender, and sexuality
  • Issues of game development
  • Textual and cultural analysis of games as artifacts
  • Issues of political economy and public policy in both US and international arenas

Of primary importance will be bridging the gap between games studies scholarship in the United States and in Europe.

One of the primary goals of the journal is to foster dialogue among the academic, design, development, and research communities that will influence both game design and research about games within various public contexts.  A second goal is to examine how gaming and interactive media are being used outside of entertainment, including in education, for the purposes of training, for military simulation, and for political action.

Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media invites academics, designers and developers, and researchers interested in the growing field of game studies to submit articles, reviews, or special issues proposals to the editor.  Games and Culture is an interdisciplinary publication, and therefore it welcomes submissions by those working in fields such as Communication, Anthropology, Computer Science, English, Sociology, Media Studies, Cinema/Television Studies, Education, Art History, and Visual Arts.

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International Journal of Computer Games Technology

Type: Print

The overall aim of the International Journal of Computer Games Technology is to bring together both the research and development aspects of games technology covering the whole range of entertainment computing and interactive digital media. The focus will be on three research and development frontiers: first, to expand the technology frontier in terms of both hardware and software for games, second, to validate innovative procedures including algorithms and architectures for games, and finally, to explore novel applications of games technology both for entertainment and serious games.

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International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations

Type: Print

The International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS) is a peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to the theoretical and empirical understanding of electronic games and computer-mediated simulations. The journal is interdisciplinary in nature; it publishes research from fields and disciplines that share the goal of improving the foundational knowledge base of games and simulations. The journal publishes critical theoretical manuscripts as well as qualitative and quantitative research studies, meta-analyses, and methodologically-sound case studies. The journal also includes book reviews to keep readers on the forefront of this continuously evolving field. Occasional special issues from the journal provide deeper investigation into areas of interest within either gaming or simulations.

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Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

Type: Online

The Virtual Worlds Institute based in Austin, Texas, USA is a not-for-profit research organization dedicated to:

* The promotion and publication of leading research

* Direct research and innovation in the fields of virtual worlds, 3d internet, immersive interfaces and the singularity

* Developing a commercialization channel for researchers to take their ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace

The Virtual Worlds Institute is looking for, on an on-going basis: research, development, commercialization and funding collaborators and partnerships.

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Simulation & Gaming, An International Journal of Theory, Practice and Research

Type: Print

For more than three and a half decades, Simulation & Gaming: An International Journal of Theory, Practice and Research has served as a leading international forum for the exploration and development of simulation/gaming methodologies used in education, training, consultation, and research. It appraises academic and applied issues in the expanding fields of simulation, computer- and internet-mediated simulation, virtual reality, educational games, video games, industrial simulators, active and experiential learning, case studies, and related methodologies.

The broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of Simulation & Gaming are demonstrated by the wide variety of interests and disciplines of its readers and contributors, who practice in areas such as: business, cognition, communication, decision making, psychology, economics, education, educational technologies, engineering, entrepreneurship, environmental issues, human resources, international studies, language training, learning theory, management, marketing, medicine, multiculturalism, , negotiation, organization studies, peace and conflict studies, policy and planning, political science, project management, sociology, teamwork, technology, and research methodology.

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Finally, there are several journals that regularly touch on video game research while not devoted exclusively to the topic. A great example is the International Journal of Roleplaying. Video game research continues to be published in several venues besides the ones listed here.


16 Comments

  • By Scott McLeod, March 20, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    This is an awesome list. Thanks so much, John!

  • By Collette Jackson, March 23, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Thanks for this – very helpful!

  • By Cassaundra Thompson, March 26, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I am doing my dissertation on video games and this will be extremely helpful!

  • By Jamie, March 30, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    Very well researched. Thanks John :)

  • By Ben 10 game fan, May 5, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    I never new that there were so many journals dedicated to computer gaming research, Do you know of any that are printed in spanish of=r french?

  • By Mark Lee, January 19, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    Also:

    - International Journal of Game-Based Learning: http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=41019

    - Metaverse Creativity: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=179/

    - Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=164/

  • By Ben 10 alien Force, February 11, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    Good thinks… Really, i like it..

    Thanks

  • By Evan Foster, March 26, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    Thanks a lot John, very useful!

  • By Games Guy, July 19, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the journals, it helped. There really needs to a lot more open minded discussion in the media on this subject.

  • By Game Genie, November 30, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Sweet, this will make my research significantly easier. Thanks for the list.

  • By sai gollapudi, March 28, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    Thanks for the list. I am begining my research in this area, and this is exactly what I am looking for. Appreciate your effort in helping us.

    Cheers,

  • By AJ Adam, September 18, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    Thanks for the list. It helps a lot..

  • By Dr John N Sutherland, January 5, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Add the recently launched The Computer Games Journal. It was originally launched in 2012 by a games company, TuDocs Ltd., which went the way all games companies do, and folded.

    As Editor-in-Chief, and founder of the Abertay University Games School, I picked it up and it is running quite healthily now with an excellent editorial board and generous future plans to better connect academics and developers (which was the original idea, hence why it was set up by a games company headed up by several ‘Dr’s’.

  • By Juniel, October 8, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Thanks for this ♥ It helps a lot!

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