Dr Emma Reay is a Senior Lecturer in Emerging Media at the University of Southampton, where she teaches courses in Game Design and Game Studies. Previously, Emma was a Research Fellow at Falmouth University, where she worked with young people to create therapeutic mobile games as part of a national project to address the impact of adverse childhood experiences. Her research focusses on children’s videogames, digital childhoods, and intergenerational solidarity. Recent publications include ‘Videogames as an Unheroic Medium’ in Games and Culture, ‘Cute, Cuddly, and Completely Crushable: Plushies as Avatars in Videogames’ in Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, and ‘Empathy Puzzles: Solving Intergenerational Conflict in Young Adult Videogames’ in IJYAL. Emma’s first academic monograph – The Child in Games – will be published in 2023.

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