David Surman is senior lecturer in computer games design at the University of Wales, Newport. He teaches modules in history, critical theory and the creative process for the BA (Hons) Animation, BA (Hons) Computer Games Design and MA Animation courses. His research interests centre on digital media aesthetics, the phenomenology of play and national discourses in videogames. He has lectured internationally on games and play, most recently at the Universities of Melbourne, Tampere and Urbana-Champaign, and is a member of the Synergy games research group at Newport. He is and editorial board member for the peer-reviewed Games and Culture, and Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal, for which he is also reviews editor. He is an international programme committee member and games specialist for the Media@terra annual arts and technology festival in Athens, Greece. He is currently writing The Videogames Handbook, a book-length study of contemporary British games design.