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Charline Foch

University of York

Available for post-PhD position

Charline first came to the UK in 2011 to study English and Film Studies at King’s College London, before going on to a MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation at the University of Edinburgh. By chance, accident or fate, she stumbled into the games industry, working in an independent game studio in Berlin, where she touched upon customer support, community management, content writing and QA for a new MMORPG. This experience gave her the push to start a PhD in video games. In her spare time, she is an avid film viewer, volleyball player, and amateur artist.

Charline’s research focuses on how people conceptualise failure, with an emphasis on its perceived positive, desirable effects on player experience. Throughout her PhD, she has conducted research among video games players to gain a better understanding of what they perceive as the purpose and value of failure in the games they play; and conducted research among video games developers to gain a better understanding of what processes, obstacles, and ideas go into the design and implementation of failure in their games. With a focus on single-player, more narrative-driven games, she has used this research to design a cards-based design toolkit to support game designers in approaching the question of fail states and player experience in the early stages of the game development process, helping them reflect on the intersection between failure, game mechanics, storytelling, and player experience when working on their games.  

Aside from her PhD, Charline has also worked with the Digital Creativity Labs on the PlayOn! project, a European project gathering 9 theatres across Europe working on immersive technologies (VR, AR, apps for audience participation...) and theatre productions. During her time at PlayOn!, she has worked on the connections between the games industry and the performance arts, investigating how technology, game design principles, and theatre can work together, and what barriers practitioners face when attempting to reconcile all sides in a single production through experimentation and collaboration.



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