Narrative, agency and observational behaviour in a first person shooter environment

Dan Pinchbeck*, Brett Stevens, Darren Van Laar, Steve Hand, Ken Newman

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Abstract

A pilot study was carried out which, in part, aimed to identify patterns in observational behaviour amongst players of Half Life 2, a contemporary first person shooter (FPS) game. Participants played for ten minutes in one or two environments and their eye movements were recorded. Subjective observational questionnaires were also filled in. Although the small number of participants (n=8) precludes drawing any firm conclusions, a number of interesting potential patterns are discussed that may have important ramifications for game design and theory, particularly in regard to agency and narrative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of AISB’06: Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems
EditorsTim Kovacs, James A. R. Marshall
PublisherSociety for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour
Pages53-61
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1902956967
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
EventAISB'06: Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Apr 20066 Apr 2006

Conference

ConferenceAISB'06: Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period3/04/066/04/06

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