Carly A. Kocurek, PhD - Games, Scholarship, Media

Casual Thinking. Serious Gaming.



The Pleasures of Peer Review

Category : Research · No Comments Mar 26th, 2015
The Pleasures of Peer Review
The gorgeous cover for the special issue of Reconstruction, by my friend Amanda from LastCraft (https://www.etsy.com/shop/lastcraft).

The gorgeous cover for the special issue of Reconstruction, by my friend Amanda from LastCraft (https://www.etsy.com/shop/lastcraft).

For better or worse, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to peer review lately.… Read the rest

From Eve to Evolution @ IIT

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Mar 10th, 2015
From Eve to Evolution @ IIT
Kimberly Hamlin presenting at IIT.

Kimberly Hamlin presenting at IIT.

I was so delighted to get to see Kimberly Hamlin speak today at IIT as part of Women’s History Month. This is at least the third year that the Department of Humanities has hosted a lunch speaker to celebrate Women’s History Month, and it’s always so nice to see a mix of faculty, staff, and students attend.… Read the rest

Call for Participants in Documentary Project on Women in Gaming Culture

Category : Digital Media, Gaming, Gender, Research · No Comments Dec 10th, 2013

My colleague Jennifer deWinter and I are putting together a short documentary project, and we are looking for contributors. Please pass along the call here and consider participating. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.… Read the rest

Postcards from Vienna: F.R.O.G. 13

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Oct 15th, 2013
Postcards from Vienna: F.R.O.G. 13

A few weeks ago, I got to travel to Vienna for the Future and Reality of Gaming (F.R.O.G.) 13 Conference. I’ve been to a lot of conferences at this point, and I’ve presented my research a number of times, but this is the first time I’ve taken one of my digital projects.… Read the rest

Belatedly Introducing Choice: Texas

Category : Gender, Research · No Comments Sep 12th, 2013
Belatedly Introducing Choice: Texas
Choice: Texas logo banner

Here’s a banner version of the logo by Grace Jennings.

A few weeks ago, Allyson Whipple and I launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for the completion of an interactive fiction game we’ve been working on called Choice: Texas.… Read the rest

Special Issue of the the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds

Category : Research · No Comments Jul 30th, 2013

My colleague Jennifer deWinter and I are co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds on Gaming, Gamification, and Labour Politics. The full CFP is below.… Read the rest

Conversation Games and Comfort

Category : Gaming · No Comments Jul 15th, 2013

Last Thursday, I spent an evening offering moral support to a friend confronted with the dissolve of a well established romantic relationship. Sitting at a bar with several of her other friends, we got in a conversation about the difficulties of dating, and the deeply unsuitable people most of us had, at one time or another, found ourselves out with.… Read the rest

What I’ve Been Playing: Skylanders Giants

Category : Gaming · No Comments Jun 27th, 2013
What I’ve Been Playing: Skylanders Giants

We picked up Skylanders Giants on sale at Target earlier this spring. I’d gotten interested in the game while researching the history and use of feelies, and so I was curious about the integration of the character toys with the video game.… Read the rest

The Great Canadian Midway, Mother Jones, and Gil Gross

Category : Gaming · No Comments Jun 13th, 2013

I promise I’ll eventually post some real content, rather than just a listing of what I’ve been up to, but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the past month or two.… Read the rest

Resident Evil films over at In Media Res

Category : Gender, Research · No Comments May 29th, 2013
I'm really digging this image for the 2014 film.

I’m really digging this image for the 2014 film.

My colleague Marianna Martin and I co-organized a theme week of In Media Res on the Resident Evil films. The Resident Evil films have a lot to recommend them, and they’re interesting both for their politics and their success — they are the most successful video game films made to date.… Read the rest