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

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Announcing Feeling Games Symposium

Announcing Feeling Games Symposium

 

A few months ago, I started putting together a symposium on the intersection of games and emotions. That symposium, now titled “Feeling Games,” is happening in a couple weeks here at Illinois Tech.… Read the rest

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Archives I Have Loved: Video Game Research in the Dustbin of History

Archives I Have Loved: Video Game Research in the Dustbin of History

The discussion on Twitter yesterday about video game archives and archive-based historical work stirred up some memories about the work I’ve done in archives myself. While I tend to fall between disciplines and currently work primarily in media and game studies and digital humanities, my real training is as an American cultural historian.… 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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Postcards from the Midwest Gaming Classic

Postcards from the Midwest Gaming Classic

The Midwest Gaming Classic is part fixed-rate arcade, part expo, part museum, and part fleamarket. For a weekend, the event sprawls through a Milwaukee hotel, occupying ballrooms, meeting rooms, and even hallways.… 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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Special Issue of Reconstruction on “The Undead Arcade”

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

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History of Games International Conference

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

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It’s only a Purple Moon

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

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Postcards from the Drake Hotel: SCMS 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

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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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