Discussion of Aaron Suduiko's "Final Fantasy VII Remake is the Template for 'Grown-Up' JRPGs," plus Resident Evil and mute buttons.
Stefan Heinrich Simond is a game studies scholar and podcast host at With a Terrible Fate. He teaches at the Institute of Media Studies at Philipps University Marburg and works on his PhD regarding constructions of madness in video games.
Awarded a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Simond turned his passion into a profession as he obtained an M.A. degree in Media Studies in 2017. He broadened his perspective with studies in Philosophy and Crucial Differences at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Maastricht University. Since then, he has taught courses with a particular focus on political and philosophical perspectives on video games. His current research revolves around constructions of madness in video games, elements of which have already been published in numerous articles and presented at a plethora of conferences. Most recently, he has co-published the internationally first anthology on illnesses in video games.
Prior to Simond’s activity on With a Terrible Fate, he founded and hosted a German game studies podcast named Pixeldiskurs. The project ran from 2016 to March 2021 and concluded at over 230 weekly episodes.
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