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

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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

History of Games International Conference

Category : Research · No Comments Apr 9th, 2013
History of Games International Conference

Since the conference site is now online, I can start talking about how excited I am about the 1st History of Games International Conference: Working With, Building, and Telling History which is taking place this June in Montreal.… Read the rest

Video Games and Women’s History Month

Category : Gender · No Comments Mar 28th, 2013
Video Games and Women’s History Month
Carly Kocurek speaking at IIT in front of a projected image of a young woman game designer

Here I am speaking at IIT for Women’s History Month. The image projected behind me is of one of the Sony G.I.R.L. Scholarship winners. Photo is courtesy of Marie Hicks.

On Tuesday, I gave a talk for women’s history month on my campus here in Chicago.… Read the rest

What I’ve Been Playing: Depression Quest

Category : Gaming · No Comments Mar 21st, 2013
What I’ve Been Playing: Depression Quest

Depression Quest is an interactive fiction title that is more or less exactly what its title implies, which is to say, it’s a game about depression.

Specifically, it is an interactive fiction-style game in a “choose-your-own-adventure” style.… Read the rest

It’s only a Purple Moon

Category : Gaming, Gender · No Comments Mar 18th, 2013
It’s only a Purple Moon

Games from Purple Moon are my current eBay obsession. I’ve been very interested in “games for girls” lately — hence the Barbie game I featured a few posts back. I missed Purple Moon the first time around by a few years, as I was well into high school by the time the first games launched, and so I was too busy reading my dad’s old Beat generation paperbacks and cultivating obscure music knowledge to be bothered.… Read the rest

Postcards from the Drake Hotel: SCMS 2013

Category : Research · No Comments Mar 11th, 2013
Postcards from the Drake Hotel: SCMS 2013

Because SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) conference was right here in town this year, I was able to stop by a few panels. I’ve actually never attended SCMS before, and so it was nice to be able to check out the conference in a low-pressure kind of way.… Read the rest

Bit of news regarding the Learning Games Initiative

Category : Research · No Comments Mar 5th, 2013
Bit of news regarding the Learning Games Initiative

I’m pleased to announce that I have joined the Learning Games Initiative as a Regional Director. I’ve been loosely associated with LGI for several years. In the long run, the new title probably means I’ll be helping to organize some projects.… Read the rest