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

Casual Scholarship. Serious gaming.



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

Special Issue of Reconstruction on “The Undead Arcade”

Category : Research · No Comments May 9th, 2013
Special Issue of Reconstruction on “The Undead Arcade”

My colleague Samuel Tobin and I are co-editing a special issue of Reconstruction all about the video game arcade. I’ve copied the full CFP down below. Please pass along and consider submitting.… Read the rest

Sexism and Gaming at Flow: All of Jennifer deWinter and My Columns in One Place

Category : Gaming, Gender, Research · No Comments Apr 29th, 2013
Sexism and Gaming at Flow: All of Jennifer deWinter and My Columns in One Place
Alicia Crawford at work at a computer screen

Alicia Crawford, who won Sony Online Entertainment and Scholarship America’s Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Scholarship

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of co-authoring a series of columns for Flow with Jennifer deWinter of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.… Read the rest