Hello, and welcome to The Raving Gecko!

I’m Cara, a PhD student of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland. I’m currently exploring the video game experience and virtual realities.

Unsure of what to study at the end of my school years, I stumbled into Film as I decided to pursue something I enjoyed. For the duration of my Bachelor and Masters degrees, I’ve dabbled in screenwriting, filmmaking and cultural studies – something which I now enjoy doing in my spare time.

As my eternal quest to research EVERYTHING continues, I’m in the fortunate position to be able to now study video games – something which, honestly, I’ve always wanted to do.

I’ve always been a gamer – I love becoming the hero, adventurer or Herald, amongst other things, in a world where real life is pretty linear. In games, the possibilities are endless; technology holds the power to bring those dreams into our reality and, to be honest, I could talk about them for days!

The purpose of Gecko is to discuss video games, technology and virtual reality; this will (hopefully) feed seamlessly into my research and I hope it will at least generate some interesting discussion.

As for the name, well, we’ve all had that fantasy of opening a bar or cafe at some point; the romantic notion of building a company from the ground up. Mine just happened to be The Raving Gecko – and geckos are awesome.

“Reality is broken. Game designers can fix it.” 

― Jane McGonigal