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Personal profile

Academic Biography

Kaye is the Head of the Games, Animation and Visual Effects Department at Teesside University, where she currently teaches 2D art for games. Her background is in game development where she spent some 13 years working as a Character Artist and Art Manager for companies including Infogrames, Sony and Blitz Games Studios. She has created 3D graphics and led teams of artists and animators on titles including the Premier Manager series, the Bratz series and the Encleverment Experiment on XBLA among many more.

Her research is in the area of prejudice within in-game spaces on console, and the experiences of the non-archetypal gamer. Currently Kaye is studying for a PhD part-time.

A proud Girl Geek, Kaye is passionately committed to raising awareness of game development as a viable creative career for everyone.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Prejudice in online game spaces against perceived minority gamers.
  • Gamer culture.
  • Girl Gamers.
  • Gamergate.
  • VOIP communications in game.
  • Player-to-player communication and paralanguage.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • BAFTA Member
  • IGDA Member
  • HEA fellow

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Kaye is not currently enterprise active but is open to opportunities surrounding player to player interactions in games, specifically as it relates to griefing behaviors and improving the multiplayer experience for everyone.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Kaye has extensive teaching experience in 2D art, drawing, 3D character creation for games and academic studies in games and media. She has over 9 years experience of teaching observational drawing in a games and animation context, and has run life drawing classes and teaches landscape drawing on- and off-site.