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

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Here’s to Theresa Duncan! Game: Totally Rexed

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

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A MAZE. Magazine: “I have a fucking agenda”

A MAZE. Magazine: “I have a fucking agenda”

I was interviewed briefly for a piece in the current issue of A MAZE. Magazine, which is free to read online right here. The theme for this issue is “women,” and a number of amazing women in and around the games industry are featured.… Read the rest

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Coin-Operated Americans has a cover!

Coin-Operated Americans has a cover!

I’m so excited about this that I’m using exclamation marks: Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade, the book I’ve been working on since sometime in 2009 or so, now has an actual cover and is available on pre-order from Barnes & Noble.… Read the rest

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From Eve to Evolution @ IIT

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

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Call for Participants in Documentary Project on Women in Gaming Culture

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

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Resident Evil films over at In Media Res

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

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

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

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Video Games and Women’s History Month

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

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Feminists in Games Workshop

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

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Alan Alda for Atari

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

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