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Dr. Dan Golding is a critic, academic, and was from 2014-2017 the director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival. He holds a PhD from The University of Melbourne, and is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology. He is the co-author of Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, The Fight for the Future of Videogames (Affirm Press, 2016) and responsible for the music in the 2016 Sony PlayStation 4 game, Push Me Pull You.

In 2015, his series ‘A Short History of Video Games’ was broadcast on ABC Radio National, which was later Highly Commended at the 13th Annual IT Journalism ‘Lizzie’ awards. He is currently a contributing editor at Metro Magazine. In the past, Dan wrote for ABC Arts between 2013-2014 (archive), and for, where he ran their games blog, for which he won the ‘Best Games Journalist’ award at the 11th Annual IT Journalism ‘Lizzie’ awards. Between 2010-2015, Dan wrote the ‘Game Theory’ column for Hyper Magazine, and in 2013 Dan had a regular column at Kill Your Darlings. He has also been published at BuzzFeed, The GuardianMeanjin, The Walkley MagazineScreen Education, The Conversation, The AustralianKotaku and PC PowerPlay, while his writing has been cited by TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Buzzfeed, and The New Statesman

Dan has in the past been a regular on the RRR radio program Byte Into It, and has appeared on ABC News 24, SBS Television and numerous ABC local radio stations (Melbourne, Darwin, South-West NSW, Canberra), as well as Radio National. He has also spoken at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, the Perth Writer’s Festival, the Emerging Writer’s Festival, Screen Futures, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.