AAAI Publications, Workshops at the Seventh Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference

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Game Metrics Without Players: Strategies for Understanding Game Artifacts
Mark J. Nelson

Last modified: 2011-10-09


Game metrics are an approach to understanding games and gameplay by analyzing and visualizing information collected from players in playtests. This paper proposes that another source of metrics is the game itself, and that not all information needs to (or ought to) come from empirical playtests. I discuss seven strategies for extracting information from games, and discuss how the information retrieved in this manner relates to empirical playtest metrics---which it differs from but can often complement.


game metrics; design assistance; playtesting

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