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Betsy Brey

English Language and Literature

Betsy BreyBetsy Brey (BA and MA, University of Minnesota Duluth) is a PhD candidate in the English Language and Literature department, specializing in game studies. Her research focuses on the narratological impacts of game mechanics. In particular, she researches mechanics and storytelling in metagames, virtual reality, and role-playing games. She is also interested in narrative practices in gamification. She is the Editor-in-Chief for FirstPersonScholar. You can find her on Twitter @BetsyBrey.

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

Wysocki, Matthew, and Betsy Brey. "’All That’s Left Is the Choosing’: BioShock Infinite and the Constants and Variables of Control." The Play Versus Story Divide in Game Studies: Critical Essays. Ed. Matthew W. Kapell. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, in press for 2015/2016.

To see her other publications, please see this website.

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