Casey O’Donnell Ph.D

Associate Professor
Department of Media and Information


Casey O’Donnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development. This research examines the cultural and collaborative dynamics that occur in both professional “AAA” organizations and formal and informal “independent” game development communities. His research has spanned game development companies from the United States to India.

His first book, “Developer’s Dilemma” is published by MIT Press.

Casey’s research publications can be found on his personal website.

Casey is also an active game developer, releasing “Osy,” in 2011, “Against the Gradient,” in 2012, “GLITcH” in 2013 and “Sparks of Eternity,” in 2014. Other games can be found on his website.

Casey’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Favorite Games:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time


Sîochân Leat (The Irish Game)


Heroes of Might and Magic

The Stanley Parable

Casey O'Donnell