Acknowledgements

This project could not have been completed without the support of Carleton University’s Department of History, the Frank H. Underhill Graduate Travel Bursary, the Peter Browne Memorial Scholarship, and Joan White.

I want to thank my supervisors, Andrew Johnston and Shawn Graham, and the people at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, particularly Sean Tudor and Tom Everett, for believing in me and giving me the opportunities I needed to complete this project. Thank you to LUDOV, the Residual Media Depot, the Strong Museum of Play, and all the people who work at these places for welcoming me with open arms and sharing their knowledge and expertise. Also, I cannot forget the places that let me put up posters to recruit interviewees, particularly GameZone. Located in Verdun, it is one of the last places where you can rent movies and games, and they also sell new and second-hand games. Finally, Hasi Eldib of the Media Production Center whose help was invaluable and the maintenance staff of Carleton university, without whom our universities could not function.

I owe a great debt of gratitude to my interviewees: Adam, Alex, Ali, Asen, Axel, Chuck, Daliah, David, Dominic, Félix, Hugo, Jean-Pierre, Judith, Matthew, Ralph, Sara, Skot, and the ones who asked to remain anonymous for sharing their stories with me

Special thanks to my friends and colleagues, particularly Adam Mahoney and Laurence Bazinet, for listening to my ramblings and helping me think this project through. Finally, I would like to thank Rebecca Baker, for lending her voice to the podcast and for putting up with me.

Last but not least, I would like to thank Raccoon City Massacre for letting me use their music.