Aleks Krotoski is an academic and journalist, working towards a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Surrey and co-writer of The Guardian's gamesblog. She also writes a weekly column about computer games for the BBC's interactive service, as well as contributes to the MIT Technology Review on subjects beyond gaming.
Aleks published the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association's White Paper on Women and Gaming (“Chicks and Joysticks”) in August 2004 and sits on the steering committees of the Edinburgh Games Festival, the Women in Games Conference (UK) and the International Game Developers Association’s Game Developers Choice Awards.
Her academic interests include virtual worlds, social networks and risk communication, with a Masters degree focussing on online identity choices for massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMOG) female players and players with physical mobility limitations. She speaks regularly on the subjects of the social life of virtual worlds and the role or women in MMOGs.