Before I was a Game Designer by profession, I was a university student. And I had to do the things that other university students did too, which was to critically analyse an issue in an academic manner, citing references and trying to make sense out of jargon.
Fortunately, the jargon that I was reading about was at least somewhat interesting jargon that was relevant to game design and games in general. Thankfully, there is an ever-growing interest in media studies that actually embrace games a legitimate form of media worth studying and researching about, it sure made my academic life easier.
My two cents worth into the ever growing fountain of the academics of games.