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

Casual Thinking. Serious Gaming.



Alan Alda for Atari

Category : Gender, Representations of Gaming · No Comments Jan 18th, 2012
Alan Alda with an Atari Computer

Alan Alda, looking particularly gleeful in his role as Atari spokesman.

I recently stumbled across a series of Atari advertisements featuring actor Alan Alda. I have a soft spot for Alan Alda, partially because of his feminist politics, and partially because of a deep love for the series MASH — which Alda agreed to star in only after gaining assurance that surgery scenes would feature in every episode.… Read the rest

The Simple Genius of the Gamer Girl Manifesto

Category : Digital Media, Featured, Gaming, Gender · No Comments Dec 29th, 2011

I saw “The Gamer Girl Manifesto” (embedded above) by Sexy Nerd Girl Presents thanks to Geekquality. The brief video features a number of young women gamers who identify themselves by their on-screen identities (which range from notable characters like Mario to the more subtly constructed identities from games like World of Warcraft) and by the game systems they use.… Read the rest

I Said Diamonds: the Aubrey Plaza WoW Spot

Category : Gaming, Gender, Representations of Gaming · No Comments Dec 26th, 2011
I Said Diamonds: the Aubrey Plaza WoW Spot

The first time I saw the TV ad above, which features Aubrey Plaza (best known for playing April Ludgate on “Parks and Recreation”) explaining in her trademark deadpan how she became a World of Warcraft player, I was rather charmed.… Read the rest

Women Gamers as Social Animals in the GameHouse Survey

Category : Gaming, Gender · No Comments Dec 5th, 2011
Women Gamers as Social Animals in the GameHouse Survey
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Infographic of GameHouse survey results shared with permission of GameHouse.

 

By now, you have probably seen some of the data from the GameHouse infographic above [source]. Collected by Harris Interactive for GameHouse, the data includes a few particularly sexy statistics.… Read the rest

From The Memes of Babes

Category : Gender, Representations of Gaming · No Comments Nov 7th, 2011
Cool Chick Carol with text "A Movie? Puts in a Porno."

The "Cool Chick Carol" meme imagines a "dream girl" who is largely defined by her sexuality.

At some point while I was taking a break from some edits, I came across the “Cool Chick Carol” meme.… Read the rest

This Week in Feminism and Gaming: Tits, Chicks, and Casual Sexism

Category : Gaming, Gender · No Comments Oct 21st, 2011

This week saw the publication of two sharp pieces on the casual sexism of much of video gaming culture. At Kotaku, LaToya Peterson responds to comments a Comic Con panel titled “East Meets West, Art Direction for a Worldwide Audience” in “The Tits Have It: Sexism, Character Design, and the Role of Women in Created Worlds.Read the rest

What Video Gaming Does to Women

Category : Gender · No Comments Oct 17th, 2011

One of my all time favorite quotes about video gaming comes from Nikki Douglas, Grrl Gamer, in the classic From Barbie to Mortal Kombat:

Maybe it’s a problem … that little girls DON’T like to play games that slaughter entire planets.

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Arcade Machine as Object

Category : Gender, Representations of Gaming · No Comments Oct 5th, 2011
Arcade Machine as Object

I was digging around the ever excellent Arcade Flyer Archive earlier this week looking for some images of men and women playing video games together. While I found quite a few of what I was actually looking for, I’m most fascinated by an image I wasn’t looking for.… Read the rest

Who Loves Their Gamer

Category : Gaming, Gender, Representations of Gaming · No Comments Sep 2nd, 2011

I was scrolling through the catalog over at J!NX the other day when I came across this shirt:

If you can’t quite see it, it is a lavender women’s t-shirt that reads “I love my gamer” with a red pixelated heart standing in for the word “love.” Now, J!NX sells”clothing for geeks and gamers,” and the company has a significant collection of women’s clothing for sale.… Read the rest