Melanie Swalwell’s research centres on new media arts and digital games, as well as the intersections of these. She completed a PhD on intersections between the senses, technology and affect in 2002 (UTS). Since then, her essays have appeared in Convergence, Reconstruction, Realtime and various other venues. Melanie leads the NZTronix project, which is researching the history and preservation needs of early digital games in New Zealand ( Other work addresses the development of LAN gaming groups in Australia and New Zealand. In April 2006, Melanie’s scholarly multimedia piece “Cast-offs from the Golden Age” appeared in the online peer reviewed journal Vectors ( She lectures in the Media Studies Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.