I’m the creator of The Video Game Soda Machine Project, a site where I’m attempting to catalog screenshots of every soda vending machine that has ever appeared in a video game. The collection currently features over 2,500 soda machines spanning more than 1,000 games across virtually every genre and platform. The site has been featured on NPR, Slate, Game Informer, Retro Gamer, The A.V. Club, Waypoint, and elsewhere.
In Spring 2019, I introduced a new course on Politics and Video Games at Marshall University, exploring the power dynamics at play in video games, the video game industry, and gaming culture. In addition, I’ve written about the indie hit Papers, Please in Game Studies, and I have a chapter on Governor Elaine Marley from the Monkey Island series featured in Rowman & Littlefield’s 100 Greatest Video Game Characters.
I’m also an amateur game developer in my spare time. I’ve designed and written for the following titles:
- Stair Quest
A retro adventure game that pays homage to the most enchanting, pulse-pounding moments from the early King’s Quest games. It’s an exercise in what the A.V. Club described as “frustalgia” — frustration meets nostalgia.
- Late Last Nite
Join Morgan as she stumbles through a series of bizarre fantasy settings — a mer-pirate lagoon, a junk food forest, and a steampunk vampire nightclub — in search of three missing relics. How will her night end? It’s up to you to decide!
- Pledge Quest I: The SpaceVenture Adventure
Experience the excitement and intrigue of a retro gaming Kickstarter campaign in this point-and-click adventure.
- Pledge Quest II: Noodle Shop of Horrors
Stop a time-traveling cat from altering the timeline and irrevocably changing video game history.