Within his PhD thesis, Christian Roth investigated user experiences of Interactive Storytelling applications. Interactive Storytelling is a promising new technology at the intersection of different media, research fields and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The concept of Interactive Storytelling pursues the vision of making the experience of narratives truly interactive by letting users make meaningful decisions, e.g. influence the fate of characters, and thus co-create a story.


  • Interactive Media and User Experiences
  • Media Psychology and Game Studies
  • Interactive Narrative and Storytelling


  • Integrating Research in Interactive Storytelling (IRIS)

    Integrating Research in Interactive Storytelling (IRIS)

    Measuring the User Experience of Interactive Storytelling applications

    The IRIS project aims at creating a virtual centre of excellence that will be able to achieve breakthroughs in the understanding of Interactive Storytelling and the development of corresponding technologies.

    Interactive Storytelling is a major endeavour to develop new media which could offer a radically new user experience, with a potential to revolutionise digital entertainment.
    European research in Interactive Storytelling has played a leading role in the development of the field, and this creates a unique opportunity to strengthen its position even further by structuring some of its best actors within a Network of Excellence.

    The project is organised around four major objectives:

    • To extend Interactive Storytelling technologies in terms of performance and scalability, so that they can support the production of actual Interactive Narratives
    • To make the next generation of Interactive Storytelling technologies more accessible to authors and content creators of different media backgrounds (scriptwriters, storyboarders, game designers)
    • To develop a more Integrated Approach to Interactive Storytelling Technologies, achieving a proper
      integration with cinematography
    • To develop Methodologies to evaluate Interactive Storytelling systems as well as the media experience of Interactive Narrative
  • Fun of Gaming (FuGa)

    Fun of Gaming (FuGa)

    Measuring the Human Experience of Media Enjoyment

    Digital (computer and video) game playing is the fastest-growing form of entertainment media,* and enormous resources are invested in the creation of new digital games. In addition to entertainment, digital games are more and more used for therapeutic, educational, and work-related purposes. Established methods to measure gaming experience with high temporal resolution are lacking, however.

    The main objective of the FUGA project was to create novel methods and improve existing measures in order to examine how the different aspects of gaming experience (e.g., different emotions and cognitions) can be assessed comprehensively with high temporal resolution.

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  • researching games BarCamp

    researching games BarCamp

    Annual BarCamp on the research of digital games

    researching games BarCamp (short: #resgames) is a BarCamp dedicated to the study of digital games. It assembles scholars and practitioners from all academic disciplines – be it computer sciences, media studies, education, engineering, psychology, literary studies, psychology, business administration, medicine, physics, sociology, maths, law, or religious studies.

    While there is no shortage of game-related business events, conferences, and festivals nowadays, #resgames considers itself as a counterpoint to rigid academic formats or exclusively practice-oriented events. This is part of the BarCamp formula: everyone is allowed (and required) to present their research, the schedule is decided upon by all participants on site. Following the BarCamp tradition, sponsors bear the bulk of the expenses, so participants’ fees – which include board and lodge – stay very reasonable.

    Apart from its academic and interdisciplinary focus #resgames is therefore above all meant to be an open and community-driven platform for young games researchers and professionals.

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