Faculty Directory » Samuel Tobin

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2017
Thursday 12:30p.m. - 2:30p.m. and Friday 12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 326
Phone: 978-665-3046
Email: stobin2@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies (COMM 1105)
Elements of Game Design (GAME 2000)
Game Studies Seminar (GAME 4000)
History of Interactive Media (COMM 2003)

Education:

PhD in Sociology, The New School for Social Research
MA in Media Studies, The New School for General Studies
BA in Cultural and Media Studies, Hampshire College

Research Interests:

Play, mobility, contingency, arcades, everyday life.

Current Projects:

The legacies of the video arcade
The history and cultures of miniature war gaming

Representative Publications:

"Save" Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon, MIT Press, 2016

"Hanging in the Video Arcade" The Journal of Games Criticism. The Cultural Turn in Game Studies Special Issue. 2016

"Playing at Work" Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media, volume 26, October 2015

"Arcade Mode" Silence, Screen, and Spectacle: Rethinking Collective Memory in the Age of Information and New Media. Berghahn Books, April 2014

Portable Play in Everyday Life: The Nintendo DS, Palgrave Pivot, Fall 2013

"Time and Space in Play: Saving and Pausing with the Nintendo DS." Games and Culture, March 2012 vol. 7 no. 2 127-141