Game Studies Division

Interest Group Award

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2016 Charles Ecenbarger, “Too Much, Too Soon: A Critical Case Study of Virtuality’s CS1000”
2016 Elizabeth M. Bendix Harper, “An Examination of Impression Management Through Avatars and Usernames in Online Video Games”
2016 Jonathan Carter, “Gaming the Multitude: The Attention Economics of Crowdsourcing Games”

Top Open Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Sky Anderson, & Mark Johnson, "Toward a Theory of Cultivation Play: Work, Character, Progression, and Video Games as Autonomy, Engagement, and Paxis"
2018 Jamie Banks, & Joe Wasserman, "The Big Screen Treatment: Gratifications Sought in Game-to-film Transmedia Consumption"
2018 Joe Wasserman, Jamie Banks, & Julia Weiss, "Motivations for Playing Boardgames"
2018 Will Partin, "8-bit nostalgia:procedural rhetoric and public memory at the barcade"
2016 Jaime Banks, Nicholas David Bowman, and Joe Wasserman, “A Bard in the Hand: The Role of Materiality in Player-Character Relationships”
2016 Randy Sabourin and Rukhsana Ahmed, “Empathizing with the Criminally Insane: Establishing Good Practices for Patient-Provider Communication at Arkham Asylum”
2016 Qihao Ji, Daniel Possler, and Wen Zhao, “Just Like Watching Sports: Motivations for Watching Video Game Streaming”