30 June 2013

Player Experience Panel, Phillips 2010

Player Experience Panel, Phillips at GDC 2010.

(slides, mostly about FPS games)

Each dot represents the average number of days taken to complete a particular achievement. DLC achievements are farther because DLC were released later (not because they are harder or take more time to complete).

Box gameplay peaks when new DLC is released: new content does increase the number of people playing. However, later DLC packs do not peak as much as the first DLC pack.

26 June 2013

Influence of gameplay on skill in Halo: Reach

Huang et al. Influence of Gameplay on Skill in Halo Reach, 2013

Data: 3m player data (entire population) for the first 7 months of Halo Reach, and 70 players in a survey. Mixed methods: use survey data to help explain the big dataset.

Most played mode is Team Slayer: from 3v3 to 5v5, one point per kill, first team to reach 50 kills. Match ends after 15 min.

Player skill metric: TrueSkill's mean μ. More frequent players have bigger μ drop at week 1, but their μ increases faster over the weeks.
The longer the break between two games, the bigger drop in skill. It takes 10 games (3h of gameplay) to regain the skill lost after a break of 1 month.
Most of the top 100 players use the DMR (same range as sniper rifle) and sniper rifle.

18 June 2013

Installing and customizing sublime on Ubuntu 12.04


Either go to their website and select your version, or: For Linux 32 bits:

   wget http://c758482.r82.cf2.rackcdn.com/Sublime%20Text%202.0.1.tar.bz2  -O sublime.tar.bz2

For Linux 64 bits:

   wget http://c758482.r82.cf2.rackcdn.com/Sublime%20Text%202.0.1%20x64.tar.bz2 -O sublime.tar.bz2

Unzip into user folder, and add symbolic link so that you can launch sublime from the command line:

   tar vxjf sublime.tar.bz2
   mv Sublime\ Text\ 2/ sublime
   mkdir ~/apps
   mv sublime ~/apps
   sudo ln -s "~apps/sublime/sublime_text" /usr/local/bin/sublime


Open sublime (command line), then Preferences, and Settings - User should open a document.

   "color_scheme": "Packages/Color Scheme - Default/Sunburst.tmTheme",
   "highlight_line": true,
   "tab_size": 3,
   "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
   "caret_style": "blink"