Digging deeper into platform game level design: Session size and sequential features

Noor Shaker, Georgios N. Yannakakis, Julian Togelius

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Abstract

    A recent trend within computational intelligence and games research is to investigate how to affect video game players' in-game experience by designing and/or modifying aspects of game content. Analysing the relationship between game content, player behaviour and self-reported affective states constitutes an important step towards understanding game experience and constructing effective game adaptation mechanisms. This papers reports on further refinement of a method to understand this relationship by analysing data collected from players, building models that predict player experience and analysing what features of game and player data predict player affect best. We analyse data from players playing 780 pairs of short game sessions of the platform game Super Mario Bros, investigate the impact of the session size and what part of the level that has the major affect on player experience. Several types of features are explored, including item frequencies and patterns extracted through frequent sequence mining.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationApplications of Evolutionary Computation - EvoApplications 2012
    Subtitle of host publicationEvoCOMNET, EvoCOMPLEX, EvoFIN, EvoGAMES, EvoHOT, EvoIASP, EvoNUM, EvoPAR, EvoRISK, EvoSTIM, and EvoSTOC, Proceedings
    Pages275-284
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2012
    EventEvoCOMNET, EvoCOMPLEX, EvoFIN, EvoGAMES, EvoHOT, EvoIASP, EvoNUM, EvoPAR, EvoRISK, EvoSTIM, and EvoSTOC, EvoApplications 2012 - Malaga, Spain
    Duration: Apr 11 2012Apr 13 2012

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume7248 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Other

    OtherEvoCOMNET, EvoCOMPLEX, EvoFIN, EvoGAMES, EvoHOT, EvoIASP, EvoNUM, EvoPAR, EvoRISK, EvoSTIM, and EvoSTOC, EvoApplications 2012
    CountrySpain
    CityMalaga
    Period4/11/124/13/12

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • Computer Science(all)

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