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Rapid Skill Capture in a First-Person Shooter


Various aspects of computer game design, including adaptive elements of game levels, characteristics of 'bot' behavior, and player matching in multiplayer games, would ideally be sensitive to a player's skill level. Yet, while game difficulty and player learning have been explored in the context of games, there has been little work analyzing skill per se, and how this is related to the interaction of a player with the controls of the game - the player's input. To this end, we present a data set of 476 game logs from over 40 players of a first-person shooter game (Red Eclipse) as a basis of a case study. We then extract features from the keyboard and mouse input and provide an analysis in relation to skill. Finally, we show that a player's skill can be predicted using less than a minute of their keyboard presses. We suggest that the techniques used here are useful for adapting games to match players' skill levels rapidly, arguably more rapidly than solutions based on performance averaging such as TrueSkill.

Click tciaig2017.pdf for full text and more results/details are available on Project Website. Also the data set collected in this project is available from Keyboard and Mouse Data from a First-Person Shooter: Red Eclipse.