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

Casual Thinking. Serious Gaming.

Here’s to Theresa Duncan! Game: Totally Rexed

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments May 11th, 2015

FEMICOM Museum recently held the first of a new series of game jams, “FEMICOM Game Jam #1: Here’s to Theresa Duncan!” In total, 12 games were submitted for the jam, many featuring really lovely graphics that I think make a perfect tribute to Duncan’s own game design work, which always seemed like some kind of great punk rock/folk art mashup for girls.… Read the rest

Twiny Game: Unpolished

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Apr 10th, 2015
Twiny Game: Unpolished

For Porpentine‘s Twiny Jam, I made a teeny tiny Twine game about painting your nails. The summary of the jam rules run as follows:

Make a tiny Twine (300 words or less)!

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From Eve to Evolution @ IIT

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Mar 10th, 2015
From Eve to Evolution @ 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

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

Why I Recommend the SW/TX PCA/ACA for Game Studies Scholars

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Feb 17th, 2013

I frequently see pieces outlining the benefits of attending academic conferences. Such pieces promise opportunities for networking and publishing, the aid conference attendance can provide in staying abreast of the field and cultivating an academic reputation.… Read the rest

Why you should support Medium Difficulty

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Sep 25th, 2012

Medium Difficulty is one of my must-read game sites (and I’m not just saying that because they once published something I wrote). While many game publications stress timeliness and providing up-to-the-minute coverage of controversies, Medium Difficulty’s approach is more idiosyncratic.… Read the rest

Women of Color Working in the Industry

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Jun 29th, 2012

Daniela Capistrano, a multi-media producer and journalist over at Current TV, is working on a guide for young women and girls interested in pursuing careers in the video game industry. The guide is tied to the work she has already done on a series of articles on themes addressed at the Games for Change Festival.… Read the rest

Onward and Upward

Category : Miscellaneous · (2) Comments Apr 10th, 2012

While I normally focus on bits of gaming culture I find interesting, I’m going to make a bit of an aside today. I have crossed a number of milestones (or hazing rituals, depending on your perspective) over the past few weeks, and I would like to share some of that here.… Read the rest

Feminists in Games Workshop

Category : Miscellaneous · No Comments Mar 15th, 2012

I was pretty excited to see this call for participants for the Feminists in Games Workshop. I don’t think I’m going to be able to apply this year, but I will be excited to see what comes of it.… Read the rest

Are we not women? The problem with “Geek Girl”

Category : Miscellaneous · (5) Comments Dec 16th, 2011
Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.

Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, and patron saint of female geeks. Definitely a (rather glamorous) woman.

Today on Kotaku, there is a piece on “Nerds and Male Privilege.” I saw it go out on Twitter, and I took the bait.… Read the rest