"Decoding Skill from Gameplay Behavior," Jeff Huang, Brown University

"Decoding Skill from Gameplay Behavior," Jeff Huang, Brown University

How do video game skills develop, and what sets the top players apart? I will explore those question using gameplay data in two modern games, Halo: Reach and StarCraft 2. One study explores skill through a rating generated from repeated multiplayer matches called TrueSkill. Using ratings from 7 months of games from over 3 million players and a survey of over 70 players, I will discuss how play frequency, breaks in play, skill change over time, and other games affect skill. A second study focuses on patterns of keyboard bindings that are used differently between players of varying skill levels. I will show that keyboard binding signatures can differentiate between player skill levels and identify expert players. Finally, I will present data from both studies that explore in-game behaviors of the top players to look at the progression of skill in those players and what in-game factors are affected by keyboard binding usage.

 

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