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

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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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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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The Simple Genius of the Gamer Girl Manifesto

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

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I Said Diamonds: the Aubrey Plaza WoW Spot

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

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

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

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Women Gamers as Social Animals in the GameHouse Survey

Women Gamers as Social Animals in the GameHouse Survey

women who game

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

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