Dr. Chris Bateman is a game designer, outsider philosopher, and author, who has worked on over forty game projects. In 2013-14 he became the first person to attain a doctorate in the aesthetics of play, via a PhD by Publication. In 2009, he was invited to sit on the IEEE's Player Satisfaction Modeling task force, in recognition for his role in establishing this research domain, and in 2013 he became the first person to be awarded a doctorate in game aesthetics.
His work in philosophy includes a trilogy of books exploring the philosophy of imagination. The first book, Imaginary Games (published in 2011) examines imagination in games and art, asking if games can be art or whether all art is a kind of game. The second, The Mythology of Evolution (published the following year) explores the role of imagination in the sciences, asking if it possible to present the story of life without distorting it. The final book, Chaos Ethics (published in 2014), explores the role of imagination in morality, and defends a conception of moral chaos.
Chris works in the digital entertainment industry as an expert in game design, narrative and player satisfaction modeling, and has worked on more than forty published games. As a game designer and writer, he is best known for the games Discworld Noir and Ghost Master, as well as the books Game Writing: Narrative Skills for Videogames, 21st Century Game Design and Beyond Game Design. He also conducts research and teaches at the University of Bolton.
He has a lifelong interest in mythology and religion, and has travelled the world studying religious practices and beliefs. He has taken part in everything from Native American sweat lodges to Pagan solstice celebrations, as well as visiting Buddhist and Shinto shrines in Japan, and witnessing traditional tribal religions in Africa whilst briefly living in the Sahel Reserve near the Sahara desert.
His original blog Only a Game deals with both philosophy and game design, and contains a prolific array of articles, many of which have been featured elsewhere.
To contact Chris, go to his consultancy website at ihobo.com and select the 'Contact' link from the menu.