Mind the Gap

The Fantasy and Façades of Macao’s Themed Resort Casinos







This article is a commentary by Richard Fitzgerald and Mark R. Johnson, written for the Philosophy and Gambling: Reflections from Macao special issue of Critical Gambling Studies.  

Author Biographies

Richard Fitzgerald, University of Macau

Professor Richard Fitzgerald is Professor of Communication at the University of Macau, China (SAR). Before joining the University of Macau in 2014 he previously has held posts at Cardiff University and the University of Queensland. He is former Editor in Chief of Discourse, Context and Media where he remains an Honorary Member of the Editorial Board and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau.

Mark R. Johnson, University of Sydney

Dr. Mark R. Johnson is a Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on live streaming and Twitch.tv, esports, game consumption and production, and gamification and gamblification. He has published in journals including “Information Communication and Society”, “New Media and Society”, “Games and Culture”, and “International Gambling Studies”. Outside academia he is also an independent game designer best known for the roguelike “Ultima Ratio Regum”, and a regular games blogger, podcaster, and commentator.




How to Cite

Fitzgerald, R., & Johnson, M. (2022). Mind the Gap: The Fantasy and Façades of Macao’s Themed Resort Casinos. Critical Gambling Studies, 3(2), 185–193. https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs144