Helen Kennedy is an academic specialist in media cultures of games and play. Her principal focus is on technology, aesthetics and embodied perception in relation to games and play. As well as her publications she has organised a range of game related initiatives including the first UK International conference on games in 2001. Helen was until recently President of the Digital Games Research Association having been a board member since 2005. Helen is also the author (with Jon Dovey) of Game Cultures: Computer Games.