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A Taxonomy of Social Roles for Agents in Games

Authors: Diogo Rato; Rui Prada;

A Taxonomy of Social Roles for Agents in Games

Abstract

Part 1: Full Research Papers; International audience; Social agents have been used in games often, for example, to create a social dimension (e.g. the inhabitants of a village) or to provide challenges to players (e.g. the opponents players face). These agents have an essential role in the players’ experience, and, as such, their creation needs to carefully considered. In this paper we propose a taxonomy of social roles that agents can play in games as a step towards the formalization of the problem of the creation of social agents in games. We believe that this taxonomy can help researchers to reach some common ground on the subject and, therefore, promote common views of the research problems involved in the design and development of social agents for games. We discuss several open challenges in the creation of social agents for games and discuss some future directions of research that can be grounded on the analysis of the taxonomy. For instance, many of the social roles proposed are played by agents that do not have much agency or autonomy. Also, there is a large number of under-explored social roles in games at the moment. The taxonomy serves as inspiration to guide game design involving social interactions with game actors, promoting new kinds of gameplay built on the interactive space afforded by the social agents.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Knowledge management media_common.quotation_subject Subject (philosophy) Agency (philosophy) Face (sociological concept) Space (commercial competition) Game design Taxonomy (general) Sociology media_common business.industry Common ground business Autonomy

Keywords

Game design, Game characters, [INFO]Computer Science [cs], Game AI, Social agents

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