Call: Press Start special issue on Walking Simulators

Call for Papers
Press Start special issue on Walking Simulators

Abstract/bio submission deadline: 17th September 2018

Press Start is pleased to announce an upcoming special issue of the journal (with guest editors Esther Wright and Emily Marlow), for which we invite submissions relating to the theme of ‘Walking Simulators’.

Approaches are welcomed from scholars and developers alike, tackling Walking Simulators from a variety of approaches. Broad themes to be addressed may include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Definitions and explorations
  • Critical reviews of individual titles
  • Storytelling in Walking Simulators
  • Queer approaches to making/studying
  • Promotion and Marketing
  • Games criticism, gate-keeping, and boundary breaking
  • Representations of space, place and/or material culture
  • Representations of history in Walking Simulators
  • Player reception
  • Practice-based approaches to game-making
  • Platforms and technology

Abstracts (max. 250 words) and brief author bios should be received by 17th September 2018. Authors will be notified ASAP after this closing date, with full papers (3000-6000 words) to be expected by 19th November 2018.

Articles in Press Start are normally expected to be 3000-5000 words in length but, for this special issue, longer papers will be considered. It is expected that the special issue will be published in late 2018/early 2019. Informal enquiries may be directed to Esther Wright ( and Emily Marlow (, or feel free to join our friendly Facebook Group at and post your question there.

We’re looking forward to your submissions.

Press Start is an open access, peer-reviewed student journal led and fed by students. Press Start publishes the best undergraduate and postgraduate research, essays and dissertations from across the multidisciplinary subject of Game Studies. The Editorial Board and Reviewers are comprised of students and recent graduates.


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