America: No Place for Game Theorists?
I was certainly disappointed the other day when my literary theory colleague suggested that a paper on videogames, no matter how theoretically grounded, was not serious scholarship--this coming from someone who's favorite literary figures are Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio--the great popularizers of their day!
I decided to browse about the net and see where the best stuff in videogame theory is coming out, and guess what--it ain't the US. Espen Aarseth, the editor of Game Studies and the world's foremost game theorist, is located in Copenhagen. Just LOOK at this course he is teaching at the IT University of Copenhagen. I think I may be in the wrong country! (Perhaps I could emigrate?)
The site I found most helpful was Ludology.org, a sprawling behemoth of a website that demonstrates the diversity of this particular field of study. As you might well expect, it's a field ripe with new technologies and writing spaces, particularly blogs.
The books mentioned on this site have really got me hooked. I've been dreaming about writing a videogame theory book for quite awhile--particularly the literary theory developed by Aristotle for tragedy, which I think can easily be transposed for analyzing videogames. Unfortunately, I'm too broke to buy all the books I need to really get started, but the more I learn about this field, the less ambivalent I get about joining it.