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https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6496-9679

I am a game studies researcher with an eclectic range of interests in a variety of subjects. I have published research on game fiction, esports, the history of games and sports, raising awareness of ecological issues through games, pedagogy in games teaching, parody and irony in games, the spectatorship of AI playing against AI, and new methodologies for critical game analysis.

I am a peer reviewer for the games and culture journal and have experience editing and collaborating on research papers with other researchers.

I am currently supervising 3 games PhDs based at Falmouth university

I currently lead the Game Design and Development course at London South Bank University. I have almost decade of experience in teaching, course development, research supervision, and pedagogic practice. I primarily teach on the theory components of the course as well as game design and playtesting practice. I'm familiar with many research methods, as well as how they can be practically applied to both game analysis and development. He also supervises on team-working modules to help build team working skills more broadly, an essential employable skill for the games industry.

I am also a strong advocate for accessibility and believe it should be a key design consideration for games as well as education, helping players and students with and without disabilities access the best possible experiences.

Courses taught

Game Design and Development - BA (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Najwa GutaleDoctoral Research ProjectMRes
Cosima HolmesPhD
Carina AssuncaoPhD
Che WilbrahamPhD
PhD

Falmouth University

2013
2018
Master's degree - digital games theory and design

Brunel University

2012
2013
Bachelors degree - Fine art, performance and digital media

Kingston University

2009
2012
Course leader/lecturer
Falmouth University

Teaching, course organisation and development, line management, timetabling, interfacing with centre

2020
2022
Education
Lecturer
Falmouth University

Teaching, marking

2015
2020
Education
Games and Culture journal

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2015

The development of sports: A comparative analysis of the early institutionalization of traditional sports and e-sports
Summerley, R. (2019). The development of sports: A comparative analysis of the early institutionalization of traditional sports and e-sports. Games and Culture. 15 (1), pp. 51-72. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555412019838094

It Takes Two to Tandem: Tandem Analysis as a Novel Method for the Critical Analysis of Games
Summerley, R. (2022). It Takes Two to Tandem: Tandem Analysis as a Novel Method for the Critical Analysis of Games. Game Analysis Perspectives Conference. IT University of Copenhagen 20 - 24 Apr 2022

Foundations for Esports Curricula in Higher Education
Michael James Scott, Rory Summerley, Nicolas Besombes, Cornelia Connolly, Joey Gawrysiak, Tzipora Halevi, Seth E. Jenny, Michael Miljanovic, Melissa Stange, Toni Taipalus, J. Patrick Williams, Scott, M.J., Summerley, R., Besombes, N., Connolly, C., Gawrysiak, J., Halevi, T., Jenny, S.E., Miljanovic, M., Stange, M., Taipalus, T. and Williams, J.P. (2021). Foundations for Esports Curricula in Higher Education. Proceedings of the 2021 Working Group Reports on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education. pp. 27-55. https://doi.org/10.1145/3502870.3506566

Ludic Dysnarrativa : How Can Fictional Inconsistency in Games be Reduced?
Summerley, R. (2017). Ludic Dysnarrativa : How Can Fictional Inconsistency in Games be Reduced? PhD Thesis Falmouth University

How do Frog Fractions and Nier use intertextual knowledge to subvert the player's expectations?
Summerley, R. (2015). How do Frog Fractions and Nier use intertextual knowledge to subvert the player's expectations? Well-Played Journal. 3 (2), pp. 187-206. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6687017

Virtual gardening: Identifying problems and potential directions for 'ecological awareness' through soil management and plant recognition gaming
Lelièvre, E., Summerley, R., Rubino, G. and Phillips, T. (2020). Virtual gardening: Identifying problems and potential directions for 'ecological awareness' through soil management and plant recognition gaming. Environmental Media. 1 (2), pp. 185-207. https://doi.org/10.1386/jem_00015_1

Approaching the Analysis of the Spectatorship of AI in Saltybet.com.
Summerley, R. (2019). Approaching the Analysis of the Spectatorship of AI in Saltybet.com. AISB. Falmouth., UK 2019 - 2020

Approaches to Game Fiction Derived from Musicals and Pornography
Summerley, R. (2018). Approaches to Game Fiction Derived from Musicals and Pornography. Arts. 7 (3), p. 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts7030044

The Story of Bonehead Merkle: Appraising the Fictional Component of Sports
Summerley, R. (2019). The Story of Bonehead Merkle: Appraising the Fictional Component of Sports. Well-Played Journal. 8 (3), pp. 151-172. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/9914447

Playful Tarot: Adaptations of Tarot In, Through, and Across Games.
Howard, J., Summerley, R., Scott, M., Philips, T. and Mitchell, A. (2023). Playful Tarot: Adaptations of Tarot In, Through, and Across Games. Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. Malmo, Sweden 26 - 28 Jun 2023