PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University
Juan Escobar-Lamanna is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The Unviersity of Western Ontario.
His dissertation focuses on analyzing videogame accessibility through a critical disability framework, considering industry preferred player identities (who games are made for) and how videogames and the conversations we have about games can be more inclusive and accessible. His other research interests include: communities created around videogames, live-streaming on Twitch.tv, and the voluntary digital labour undertaken by modders and other videogame-focused communities in relation to exploitable labour.
He received his M.A. in Contemporary Art Histories: New Media from OCAD University and has a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from York University.
When it comes to accessibility in gaming, Microsoft takes two steps forward with the Xbox Adaptive Controller, but a giant leap back with its ban on third-party devices. On Oct. 31, some Xbox players began receiving a...