Dr. Dom Ford

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Dr. Dom Ford

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (PostDoc)

Gebäude: SpT C6205
Telefon: +49 421 218 67912
Email: domfordprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Since 04/2023

Postdoc, University of Bremen
Project: Community Mythmaking in Digital Games

Member of ZeMKI

Since 04/2023Managing editor, gamevironments
Since 2020Editorial board, copyeditor and layout editor, Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture
08/2019 – 11/2022

PhD, Center for Digital Play, IT University of Copenhagen
Dissertation: Mytholudics: Understanding Games As/Through Myth

08/2018 – 06/2019Teaching Assistant, MSc Games, IT University of Copenhagen
08/2017 – 06/2019

MSc Games (Design and Theory), IT University of Copenhagen
Thesis: The Giant in Digital Roleplaying Games

09/2015 – 09/2016

MA English Literary Studies, University of Exeter
Thesis: Gods from the Machine: Godhood and Morality in Roleplaying Videogames

09/2012 – 06/2015

BA (Hons) English, University of Exeter
Thesis: Playing Arthurian Legend: The Arthurian Myth in Videogames


Research interests: myth and games, religion and games, game communities, monsters, spatiality.


Community Mythmaking in Digital Games, postdoc project

EliteForsk-rejsestipendium-funded project on mythology in games through space and national identity


PhD, Mytholudics: Understanding Games As/Through Myth


Journal Articles

Ford, D. (2021). The haunting of ancient societies in the Mass Effect trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Game Studies, 21(4). http://gamestudies.org/2104/articles/dom_ford

Ford, D. (2016). ‘eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate’: Affective writing of postcolonial history and education in Civilization V. Game Studies, 16(2). http://gamestudies.org/1602/articles/ford

Conference Papers

Ford, D. (2020). Giantness and excess in Dark Souls. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (FDG ’20). FDG ’20: International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, Bugibba, Malta. https://doi.org/10.1145/3402942.3402966

Ford, D. (2020). Techno-giants: The giant, the machine and the human. Proceedings of the 2020 DiGRA International Conference: Play Everywhere. 2020 DiGRA International Conference, Tampere, Finland. http://www.digra.org/digital-library/publications/techno-giants-the-giant-the-machine-and-the-human/

Ford, D. (2019, August). Beyond the wall: The boundaries of the neomedieval town in singleplayer roleplaying games. Proceedings of the 2019 DiGRA International Conference: Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo-Mix. 2019 DiGRA International Conference: Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo-Mix, Kyoto, Japan. http://www.digra.org/digital-library/publications/beyond-the-wall-the-boundaries-of-the-neomedieval-town-in-singleplayer-roleplaying-games/

PhD Dissertation

Ford, D. (2022). Mytholudics: Understanding games as/through myth [Doctoral dissertation]. IT University of Copenhagen. https://domford.net/publication/ford-mytholudics-2022/

In preparation

Ford, D. & Blom, J. (forthcoming). “Honor died on the beach”: Constructing Japaneseness through Monstrosity in Ghost of Tsushima. In M. Meriläinen, J. Blom, L. Hassan, & S. Stang (Eds.), Monstrosity in contemporary game cultures and societies. Amsterdam University Press.

Ford, D. (forthcoming). Approaching FromSoftware Games as Myth. Proceedings of the 2023 DiGRA Nordic Conference. 2023 DiGRA Nordic Conference, Uppsala, Sweden.

Seminar: ‘Community Formation in Digital Games’

Seminar: ‘Ritual in Digital Games’

Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA)

‘Literatures and Media of Religions’ lab at the University of Bremen