Jesper Juul (game researcher)
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Jesper Juul is an influential theorist in the field of video game studies. He is a lecturer at Comparative Media Studies at MIT. He holds a PhD. in video game theory from the Center for Computer Games Research in Copenhagen, where he held a position as an assistant professor until mid-2007.
Though his 1999 M.A. thesis concerned the rejection of narrative as a useful tool for understanding video games, and though Jesper Juul is often considered a ludologist, his more recent work deals with the fictional aspects of video games as well.
Juul's book on video game theory, Half-Real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds was published by MIT Press in 2005. Half-Real was named by designer Ernest Adams as one of the "50 Books for Everyone in the Game Industry".
Juul has also worked as a designer and programmer in video game and chat development, and participated in the Indie Game Jam.
Juul runs a blog on video game theory, The Ludologist.
- Harrigan, Pat and Wardrip-Fruin, Noah (2007). "Second Person, p. xiv. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-08356-6.
- "Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds". Half-Real. Retrieved 2011-10-03.