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A former game designer turned academic, I believe that digital games are a potent artistic force that has yet to be fully exploited and I strongly believe that they can be used to deliver powerful emotional experiences that are simply not possible in other media and art forms. They can be more than simple entertainment – they have the potential to challenge and educate as well.

Currently studying for a PhD at Goldsmiths, London as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (How can we broaden and deepen emotional engagement in video games using mechanics).

  • See ‘Portfolio‘ page for details of my academic and industry experience, plus events/speaking appearances and some personal demos/games.
  • See my pages at or to read journal and conference papers I have published. page for Tom ColeTom Cole's ResearchGate page


I am based in London and can often be spotted at a number of  local developer events/drinks as well as at several conferences including Develop in Brighton – where I’ve been Head Volunteer for the last 3 years.

I also co-organise AdventureX – The Narrative Games Convention, based in London.


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