Understanding player threat responses in FPS games

David Conroy, Peta Wyeth and  Daniel Johnson

This paper describes the results of a study designed to understand the components contributing to a participant’s assessment of threatening situations in a competitive First Person Shooter (FPS) game Quake III: Arena. The analysis process described compares theoretical, questionnaire based data with that of actual game play footage and identifies how skill and experience can affect a player’s ability to accurately assess threat. This research also identifies relationships between variables contributing to a participant’s threat assessment process which are not usually acknowledged in game AI design. A suggestion for integrating player-like threat based decision making processes is proposed.