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Faculty Directory » Samuel Tobin

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 326
Phone: 978-665-3046

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)


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