Espen Aarseth

Espen Aarseth, Dr. Art.

Full Professor

IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Building: 2F11-2T01

Information Desk: 72185000

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I am the Head of Research at the Center for Computer Games Research,[ link: ] where I have worked on the aesthetics of computer games since its founding in 2003.  I am currently also director for the Games Program here at the IT University of Copenhagen. I am also Editor-in-Chief of Game Studies ( ), the oldest peer reviewed journal in the field of (surprise!) game Studies.

My current research concerns ideological, narrative, semiotic and ontological aspects of games and game communication, as well as topics such as game addiction, games and meaning, and also digital literature culture and aesthetics (what some people used to call "new media" 15-20 years ago).


    Research areas

  • Game Aesthetics, Game Cultue, Digital Aesthetics

Research outputs (56)

  1. Published

    Le jeu et son nom : qu’est-ce qu’un auteur de jeu vidéo ?

    Research output: Journal Article or Conference Article in JournalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    The game itself? Towards a Hermeneutics of Computer Games

    Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Strategies for Unlocking Content in Nintendo Franchises

    Research output: Contribution to conference - NOT published in proceeding or journalConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

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Research Activities (40)

  1. Can 'interactivity' be saved? A terminological triage

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  2. Ludo-Literacy, Or, The complex cultural objects and practices we for some reason call games

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  3. Is Game Studies a Good Idea? — Don't Try This at Home!

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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Recent activities and conferences

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