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Alexandra Orlando

English Language and Literature

Brief Bio

Alex OrlandoAlexandra Orlando (BA and MA, English and Film, Wilfrid Laurier University), is a first year Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo in the English Languages and Literature department. She is specializing in narratology and game studies. Her research interests include the intersection between film theory and game cinematics, e-sports and East Asian game studies.

Prior to the beginning of the PhD, she worked as a community and project manager with the Collegiate Star League and eSports Canada. She is also the Associate Commentaries editor for FirstPersonScholar.com, a middle-state game studies publication.

Sample Projects

First Person Scholar

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First Person Scholar (FPS) is an online game studies periodical created and maintained by graduate students at the University of Waterloo through The Games Institute. FPS aims to occupy the niche between academic blogs and journals in establishing an informed, sustained conversation. Their articles are relatively short, thought-provoking pieces that are intended to stimulate debate on games and games scholarship.

Sample Publications and Presentations;

  • Orlando, Alexandra and Matthew Schwager. “The Cyborg Game: Narrative/Ludic Fusion in Deus Ex: Human Revolution“. The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies: Critical Essays. McFarland. 2016.
  • Orlando, Alexandra, Betsy Brey. “Press ‘A’ to Shoot: Pokemon Snap-Shots and Gamespace Ownership.” First Person Scholar. N.p., 15 Apr. 2015. Web.http://www.firstpersonscholar.com/press-a-to-shoot/
  • 4 June 2015: “The Cyborg Game: Narrative/Ludic Fusion in Deus Ex: Human Revolution” University of Ottawa, CGSA 2015.

To see more information and contact her, visit her personal website.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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