I am David Simkins. Welcome to my blog. This is as good a place as any to get to know me and my work. Here I will be offering updates on my projects and thoughts. Projects will include games I create, papers I write, and other (hopefully) interesting things I work on.
I am a professor of game design and development at the Rochester Institute of Technology with a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction with a games and learning specialization. I focus on role play and all of the ways that role play is used for learning, and how it happens to encourage learning even when learning was not the intent. Though I use mixed methods research, I am primarily a qualitative researcher with a focus on ethnographic methods. I have engaged in three long term ethnographic studies of game culture in quite different domains: a LARP community, a tabletop community, and an MMO community. The first two are mine alone, though I owe a tremendous debt to the many active participants who continue to work with me. The last I engaged in while I was Constance Steinkuehler Squire’s advisee at UW-Madison.
As you might have guessed from the intro, there will be a definite emphasis on thinking about and creating role playing games and highly interactive narratives throughout this blog. Feel free to get involved, though I ask that you create a login before commenting (once that feature is working). I will be moderating comments, and have no tolerance for personal (ad hominem) attacks, so keep your comments civil.
p.s. If you are looking for the person who writes and produces shows like Warehouse 13, Grimm, and Charmed, I’m afraid you’ve found the wrong David Simkins. I don’t know if he has a public web presence, but more information about him can be found here and here. Feel free to look around anyway.