Player-centric adaptation of a car driving video game

Boyan Bontchev, Dessislava Vassileva, Ivanov Dobrin

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    Dynamic player-centric adaptation continues being a challenge for software applications and, in particular, in video games. The paper presents a dynamic adjustment of difficulty and visual effects in a car driving 3D video game based on changes of both the player performance (outcomes) shown within the game session and, on the other hand, the player arousal (excitement) recognized by a special, free game component. The component is applied for estimation of arousal inferred by the electrodermal activity of an individual player measured by a cheap custom device. The paper proposes a simple model for keeping the player in flow while adjusting dynamically both task difficulty and game visual effects, providing a better immersion, challenge, and tension. The presented initial results are statistically significant and answer positively to the main research question of the study: does the adaptive version of the game provide a better gaming experience than the non-adaptive one?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 16th International Conference
    Subtitle of host publicatione-Society 2018
    EditorsPiet Kommers, Pedro Isaias , Luís Rodrigues
    Place of PublicationLisbon
    PublisherIADIS Press
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9789898533753
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event16th International Conderence e-society - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duration: 14 Apr 201816 Apr 2018


    Conference16th International Conderence e-society
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    • Video Game
    • Player-Centric
    • Adaptation
    • Arousal
    • RAGE

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    Bontchev, B., Vassileva, D., & Dobrin , I. (2018). Player-centric adaptation of a car driving video game. In P. Kommers, P. Isaias , & L. Rodrigues (Eds.), Proceedings of 16th International Conference : e-Society 2018 (pp. 193-200). IADIS Press.