Ludonauts has been pretty active recently, and looks to be more active soon. While the different players (ha.) involved come from different fields and perspectives, I think we can see a sort of emergent perspective that engages with the "Scandinavian school" with both a more historicist sensibility and with a grounding in both continental and cognitivist traditions.
A discussion on Water Cooler Games about the recent Form, Content and Video Games Conference at Princeton has evolved into a thread about comparative methodologies. Worth looking at. The conversation on methods and models is picking up steam.