I'm Devi Acharya—a game developer and researcher currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Computational Media at the University of California - Santa Cruz. My work focuses on interactive narrative and emergent storytelling in games and other forms of interactive media.
An online magazine for interactive fiction, particularly in the areas of science fiction / fantasy / horror. I work to review pieces for publication and help authors polish their work, as well as conducting author interviews.Check it out
Worked with researcher and author Susan Eisenberg on a multimedia online exhibition about women in the construction trades. Worked on putting together the website, recording audio, and editing video for this project as part of the Women's Studies Research Center.Check it out
I worked with a team at ISU studying spatial updating in virtual reality. We created several VR environments using Unity and the HTC Vive, and ran participants through a series of triangle completion tests in these environments, studying how well they were able to navigate and orient themselves when physically walking and turning in the environment versus using the controller for movement.Github RepositoryResearch Poster
I led a team of undergraduate researchers at Brandeis University studying the effects of different virtual reality environments on EEG scans, using the HTC Vive and Museband EEG reader. We devised a study and created several virtual reality environments for testing.Research Poster
A survival strategy game for desktop involving killer robots in a war-torn Russia. Made with a team at Mustachio Games.Download from itch.io
Short animated films created in After Effects and Photoshop. "Dusk to Dawn" is a teaser trailer for a steampunk / fantasy-themed show, and "Genhance" is a satiric video promoting genetic enhancement.Watch on Vimeo
An art installation featuring a metal tree-shaped sculpture set on a pedestal connected to an Arduino with a heartbeat sensor and speakers. Lights flash and speakers emit sound in time to the viewer's heartbeat.Github Repository
A visual novel by Dejobaan Games about a salsa-dancing alien and the end of the world.
Created for Twine Games Jam, Daedalus is a Unity game with Twine integration about trying to fly to freedom.
Made with a team at Glowlime Games, Lucid is a narrative game about disappearances and the Nightmares that cause them.
An interactive fiction puzzle game set in an abandoned spacecraft. Explore the ship to find a way out, and to discover what became of those who were here before.
Created a short film as a three-person team as part of my study abroad program in Prague, Czechia. The film is about a boy whose dog is hit by a car, and his plan for revenge against the car's driver.
Research and created exhibits with a team as part of the Teens Make History program at the Missouri History Museum. Between Two Worlds was a physical installation about veterans' transition back to life in St. Louis, featuring recorded oral histories and artifacts from the veterans. Avenues of Activism was an online series of oral histories from St. Louis activists.