Curtis Maughan holds a Ph.D. in German studies from Vanderbilt University and is a lecturer of German at CSU Long Beach, Pomona College and Occidental College. His dissertation project examines Benjamin’s concept of flânerie in the context of open world gameplay and game design practices. Curtis has published on contemporary Austrian documentary filmmaker Harald Friedl, the German reception of Shakespeare, and the novellas of Thomas Mann and Heinrich von Kleist, and co-edited a volume titled Violence – Perception – Video Games: New Directions in Game Research (2019). From 2016–2019, he managed the master’s program in game development and research at the Cologne Game Lab and is currently the project lead for a joint game development project between TH Köln and the University of Manouba, Tunisia. This German-Tunisian-North American co-development project was awarded two grants from the DAAD as part of the Programme der Deutsch- Arabischen Transformationspartnerschaft and was also awarded an Erasmus Plus Mobility Grant.