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About the Author

mark JP wolf author of building imaginary worldsDr. Mark J. P. Wolf is a Professor in the Communication Department at Concordia University Wisconsin. He has a B. A. (1990) in Film Production and an M. A. (1992) and Ph. D. (1995) in Critical Studies from the School of Cinema/Television (now renamed the School of Cinematic Arts) at the University of Southern California.
His books include Abstracting Reality: Art, Communication, and Cognition in the Digital Age (2000), The Medium of the Video Game (2001), Virtual Morality: Morals, Ethics, and New Media (2003), The Video Game Theory Reader (2003), The World of the D’ni: Myst and Riven (2006), The Video Game Explosion: A History from PONG to PlayStation and Beyond (2007), The Video Game Theory Reader 2 (2008),  J. R. R. Tolkien:  Of Words and Worlds: (2009), Before the Crash: Early Video Game History (2012), Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation (2012), Encyclopedia of Video Games (2012), and two novels for which he has begun looking for an agent and publisher.

He is on the advisory boards of Videotopia, and the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, and several editorial boards including those of Games and Culture, The Journal of E-media Studies, and Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and The Fan Arts.