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Evan W. Lauteria

Evan W. Lauteria

UC Davis Humanities Institute

PhD Candidate

University of California, Davis

Evan W. Lauteria is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California-Davis. An organizational and cultural sociologist, Lauteria’s work has focused on the industrial production of video game culture, particularly around LGBTQ representation, and he is the co-editor for Rated M for Mature: Sex and Sexuality in Video Games (Bloomsbury 2015). He works in the UC-Davis ModLab, an “interdisciplinary collaboratory,” which brings together scholars interested in digital media and video games. His lab projects include data analytics for the Shakespeare karaoke game Play the Knave, design management for the corporation simulator Frack the Game, and content analysis for the LGBTQ Video Game Archive (lgbtqgamearchive.com).

Networks of Play: Globalization and the Japanese Video Game Industry

Evan W. Lauteria’s dissertation, titled “Networks of Play: Globalization and the Japanese Video Game Industry,” is a comparative-historical study of the global expansion of Japanese video game companies following the collapse of the North American video game market in 1983. Data for his research come from trade documents, business memoranda, and video game magazines from the U.S., U.K., and Japan. Merging organizational and cultural sociology, game studies, and network analysis, the project explores how the dissemination of certain industrial logics – e.g., dochakuka(土着化) or “glocalization” vs. global product standardization – influenced media content, corporate structure, and resource management techniques, and how those logics emerged over time via dynamic cultural processes.