Dr. Carly Kocurek is an associate professor of digital humanities and media studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her work in the analysis and preservation of games includes Save Point, a zine about the history of video games whose second issue is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. She is also researching the “Games for Girls” movement of the 1990s, courtesy a grant from the National Science Foundation.
In this podcast interview, we discuss why a zine is a format uniquely suited to this topic; how Save Point is able to be published with such a modest budget; how to make academic subjects accessible to a lay audience; what the “Games for Girls” movement was, and how it’s evolved over the last 25 years; the research that the NSF grant enables her to conduct; and how listeners can support game preservation efforts.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Dr. Carly Kocurek
- Save Point #2 on Kickstarter
- Save Point #1
- Learning Games Initiative Research Archive (LGIRA)
- The Agony and the Exidy: A History of Video Game Violence and the Legacy of Death Race
- International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) at the Museum of Play
- National Science Foundation grant for Games for Girls
- Barbie Fashion Designer
- Chop Suey game by Magnet Interactive Studios
- Polygamer #95: Shannon Symonds of The Strong Museum of Play
- Polygamer #04: Sheri Graner Ray on Gender-Inclusive Game Design
Full disclosure: I backed both Save Point Kickstarters.