Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Ph.D., is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the ifs international film school, Cologne, and Director of the Cologne Game Lab at the Cologne University of Applied Science. Prior to his academic career, Freyermuth was an editor, reporter, and freelance writer covering film and digital media in Germany and the US. He has published 13 books of non-fiction and fiction and and appr. 500 essays, features and articles. His research focuses on digital audio-visuality, cross-mediality and network culture. Freyermuth holds dual German-American citizenship and lives in Cologne and Berlin.