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Desirable Behaviors for Companion Bots in First-Person Shooters

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dc.contributor.author Friedman, Adina
dc.contributor.author Schrum, Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-20T15:13:05Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-20T15:13:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation A. Friedman and J. Schrum, "Desirable Behaviors for Companion Bots in First-Person Shooters," 2019 IEEE Conference on Games (CoG), London, United Kingdom, 2019, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1109/CIG.2019.8848036. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11214/243
dc.description.abstract First-Person Shooter games are a popular genre that often includes a team deathmatch mode of play: teams of agents score by killing members of the other team. When played without other humans, this mode features both opponent bots and companion bots. This paper uses a human subject study with 30 participants to analyze player preference for cooperative teammates vs. skilled, but less cooperative, teammates in the game Unreal Tournament 2004. Specifically, participants play with both a skilled bot based on neuroevolution and a less skilled bot hand-coded to be more cooperative. Survey results indicate that users perceived significant differences between the bots in several categories, e.g. following behavior and skill at scoring, but did not have a significant preference for one bot over another. However, participants did significantly prefer whichever bot they personally felt was more "helpful" and also preferred whichever bot they happened to see more of. These data indicate how user perception can strongly depend on coincidental interactions, such as being seen more. They also identify some qualities that humans desire in teammates, and indicate that simply scoring more will not necessarily result in a higher user preference. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Proceedings of the Conference on Games (CoG 2019) en_US
dc.subject Computer games en_US
dc.subject Neuroevolution en_US
dc.subject First-person shooter games , en_US
dc.title Desirable Behaviors for Companion Bots in First-Person Shooters en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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