"I want other researchers who are thinking about going into game design study and game studies, aesthetic studies, like I’m doing, I want them to know that we’re out there. People are doing this, so if you want to do it to let me know […] I can be a resource in terms of how do and fund games research, this is a huge problem and it’s not like the arts or sciences, it’s not a very well established field yet. […] There’s hope on the horizon […] I want people through my research to know, we’re trying to pave the road, we’ve only gotten so far, please come on and help us if you’re interested, I’ll show you how."
"Recently, Christopher Yap took time out of his schedule to speak to us about taking an academic approach to video games, the strengths and weaknesses of games as a narrative form, and the founding of an accepted gaming mythology."
"So imagine my surprise and delight when I chanced upon an Indiegogo campaign to help fund a research project into the very nature of narrative in video games and their effect on our culture. Naturally, I wasted no time in getting in touch with Chris Yap, a PhD student at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, to find out more."
"The most interesting part of the interview revolved around interactive storytelling and the differences between interactive and static narratives. This is a special tickle spot for me because, ever since playing indie platformer Seiklus, I’ve felt that the best video game stories aren’t ones that parrot other popular media. Instead, they use what Yap refers to as “some synergistic effect emerging from all of its parts working in concert with each other” (a reference to A Link To The Past)."
"Highbrow discussions about storytelling in video games have become commonplace, but Christopher Yap takes it to a whole new degree: a PhD, in fact. He’s currently working on a doctorate in games studies at the Nara Institute of Science And Technology in Japan."
"Founded by Christopher Yap, games researcher and PhD candidate at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Rachel Bazelais, Code Liberation teacher-in-training, Jon Padua, fiction writer and narrative expert, and Thomas May, Master’s and serious game certificate student in the Media and Information department here at MSU, Games, Seriously is a new podcast that seeks to advocate for games as a meaningful medium of expression. In short, Games, Seriously wants people to, well, take games seriously."