Karen Collins is Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the Games Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her work focuses primarily on sound and music in games, and explores how new technologies impact our audio experience. This research has included studies of sound on smart tables (horizontal computers), mobile phones, and video games. She has published five books on game audio; Game Sound (MIT Press 2008), From Pac-Man to Pop Music (Ashgate 2008), Playing With Sound (MIT Press 2013), the Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio, and the two-volume Beep Book. In 2016 she wrote, directed and edited a feature-length documentary film about the history of game sound, called Beep.
- Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound (director/writer/editor, Ehtonal 2016).
- Game Sound (MIT Press 2008)
- Playing With Sound (MIT Press 2013)
- The Beep Book (Ehtonal 2016)
- (Editor) Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio (Oxford 2013)
- (Editor) From Pac-Man to Pop Music (Ashgate 2008)