Come celebrate the launch of Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade. Join me for a reading, book signing, and Q&A for my book on the history of coin-op video games. There will also be raffle prizes and swag, and Geek Bar has food and drink for purchase.
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“Carly A. Kocurek provides a fascinating cultural history of arcade gaming and, in doing so, offers keen insight into our ongoing conversations around gender and gaming. This is a must read for those interested not only in game studies but in the evolution of American boyhood.” —T.L. Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“An excellent study of the early history of the video game industry and how it came to define the gamer as male.”—Paul Stenis, Library Journal
“It’s when the author traces today’s information economy to the arcade culture of the late ‘70s / early ‘80s that Coin-Operated Americans is its most engaging. The title itself is a double entendre. It points to the denizens of the arcade, while also hinting at the piecemeal, bit work, the contingent, contractual labor that an increasing number of Americans engage in, especially younger ones. Sites like Elance, TaskRabbit, Uber, Lyft, just to name a few, along with the flexible scheduling software of big box stores and fast food restaurants, and temp agencies farming workers to subcontractors for Amazon, thematically, though tangentially, have their root in the arcade: the digitization of physical objects and services.” — James Obesen, Pop Matters