HeapCraft: Interactive data exploration and visualization tools for understanding and influencing player behavior in Minecraft

Stephan Mueller, Barbara Solenthaler, Mubbasir Kapadia, Seth Frey, Severin Klingler, Richard P. Mann, Robert W. Sumner, Markus Gross

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

We present HeapCraft: an open-source suite of interactive data exploration and visualization tools that allows researchers, server administrators and game designers to analyze and potentially influence player behavior in Minecraft. Our framework includes a telemetry system, several tools for visualizing and representing the collected data, and tools for modifying the game experience in controlled ways. Measures that we use to quantify and visualize player behavior and collaboration have been derived from a large data set containing 3451 player-hours from 908 players and 43 different servers. HeapCraft has been demonstrated on a variety of tasks including player behavior classification, as well as quantifying and improving collaboration of players on Minecraft servers. HeapCraft is freely available and serves to democratize game analytics for the Minecraft community at large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion in Games, MIG 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages237-241
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450339919
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2015
Event8th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion in Games, MIG 2015 - Paris, France
Duration: Nov 16 2015Nov 18 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion in Games, MIG 2015

Other

Other8th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion in Games, MIG 2015
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period11/16/1511/18/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Keywords

  • Game
  • Game analytics
  • Minecraft
  • Player data
  • Social tools
  • Telemetry
  • Virtual world

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