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Guns and Guardians: Playstyles in Destiny

Given a huge and varied game like Destiny, it is of interest to see if there are any patterns in how people play the game. There can be a variety of reasons for this – for developers the focus can be on monitoring the players and checking no group emerges that has issues progressing, gaining…

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Game Analytics Workshop: Call For Contributions

GAME ANALYTICS WORKSHOP: CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS The first Game Analytics Workshop will be held in conjunction with AIIDE 2016 in San Francisco, California, October 8th. Workshop website: https://aiideanalytics2016.wordpress.com/ The analysis of player behavior is an old stable in the design, development and research of games and the people who play them, but in recent years the…

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Player Profiling – with reading list

Reading list: see below. Report on behavioral profiling: accessible via emailing me (see contact pane) Slides from the IE Gaming Analytics Summit 2016: here. The game industry is facing a surge of data, which results from increasingly available highly detailed information about the behavior of software and software users. The data can come from a variety…

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Introducing Clustering III: Challenges and Pitfalls

In the previous post of this series we introduced the theoretical foundations of cluster analysis and the various categories of algorithms. In this post we take a specific look at the challenges associated with running a cluster analysis on behavioral telemetry from games. Clustering behavioral data from games does not involve any unique challenges: the…