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Authoring Collaborative Multiplayer Games

Video games are not only a growing business field, but also provide interesting research opportunities. In particular, collaborative multiplayer games have become increasingly popular with players, developers and researchers alike. These games offer players the opportunity to tackle difficult challenges together instead of competing against each other. Collaboration within a game not only increases player interest and developer revenue, research has also shown that it can have positive effects on the players’ social skills. This link for educational purpose only. Please remove file from your computer after familiarization.

Video games are not only a growing business field, but also provide interesting research opportunities. In particular, collaborative multiplayer games have become increasingly popular with players, developers and researchers alike. These games offer players the opportunity to tackle difficult challenges together instead of competing against each other. Collaboration within a game not only increases player interest and developer revenue, research has also shown that it can have positive effects on the players’ social skills.

The rise of collaborative games, however, also has a downside. As more developers create this kind of game, instances in which players complain about the collaborative elements being implemented halfheartedly are becoming more and more frequent. At least in part, this can be attributed to the fact that developing collaborative multiplayer games introduces unique challenges to the game development process. The players must not only get enough opportunities to interact with each other in a meaningful way, but it is also essential that their contributions are similar. Moreover, testing the game becomes more difficult due to a higher number of testers required. But even when there are enough testers, the complexity of the state space grows exponentially with each new player. This means that human testers are often unable to test every combination of events. These aspects make it much harder to develop collaborative games, especially for small and inexperienced teams.

Although these issues are well known, the current state of the art is only partially able to solve them. For example, there are guidelines on how to develop collaborative games – but these only give general ideas. Therefore, they are not always directly implementable, especially for developers that are new to multiplayer development.

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Book pages: 220

Book language: en

File size: 17.05 MB

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Published: 07 April 2022 - 16:00