Academic Criticism • Santa Cruz, CA • 2015 - 2017
Scholars Play has streamed a blend of gameplay and academic criticism on Twitch.tv approximately once a week for the past
three years. Started by Peter Mawhorter and Stacey Mason in February, 2015, the stream has since
passed through the hands of several other configurations of scholars based at the University
of California, Santa Cruz.
Each week a different game is chosen for streaming, and the scholars demonstrate the process of analyzing the game in real
time. By making games criticism an in-process, interactive performance, Scholars Play hopes to
provide an accessible connection between game academics and viewers. Scholars Play has also featured
a variety of guest scholars from the academic community on the stream, encouraging academics
to see Twitch as a serious platform for engagement with their work.