About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the academic study of computer games and play.

The editors of Eludamos conceive of computer games as aesthetic expressions that have cultural, political and societal implications, and see it as an important part of the journal’s mission to investigate such games with an eye on facilitating inclusive and progressive alternatives. The journal aspires to enhance the understanding of both the media-specific aspects of computer games as well as highlight their intrinsic connections with other cultural practices and forms.

Eludamos publishes innovative work, critical writing, and alternative perspectives on computer games and the field of game studies. We encourage contributions on the interplay between games, players, politics, culture and society and invite both theoretical and empirical studies of topics including but not limited to:

  • critical perspectives on games, representation and play,
  • analyses of game cultures, play practices and player experiences,
  • analyses of genres, rules, narratives and worlds in games,
  • the cultural, political, societal and economic implications of games and play,
  • critical game design, as well as
  • investigations of the game industry, game production, game journalism, economy and marketing.

Due to our focus on the cultural, political, and societal implications of computer games and play, we do not conceive of Eludamos  as a platform for manuscripts limited to the presentation of new technical advances in game design or instrumental approaches aimed at for instance improving marketing techniques or the effectiveness of gamified applications.

Eludamos is published annually. On occasion, we invite guest editors to put together thematically framed special issues or special sections in addition to the manuscripts published in the open section. We also invite book reviews, game reviews, or presentations of recently defended dissertations of exceptionally high quality or specific academic interest. In addition, we solicit one commentary on methods in game studies for each issue.

We accept original articles of up to 8.000 words (excluding references, including notes & tables). Reviews and invited commentaries should not exceed 3.000 words. All submissions need to be fully formatted in accordance with Eludamos guidelines. Manuscripts without proper formatting will be returned to the author(s).

Note on review processes

Eludamos publishes original research only. Prior to possible publication, each submitted manuscript is assessed by at least two independent experts in a thorough double-blind peer review process.

Manuscripts published with Eludamos are open access in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. 

Eludamos aims at a speedy and reliable review process.