Inducing Emotional Response in Interactive Media

Authorship: 
Foaad Khosmood
Publication: 
Immersive Learning Research Network
Conference
Location: 
Santa Barbara, California
June, 2016

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Video games, entertainment, education, and training media have been developed for many years, and eliciting emotional experiences is an integral part of that process. Production and editing of the media in order to produce the desired emotional experiences can be expensive and cumbersome to media de- signers. This paper presents a pilot study intended to show that such experiences can be induced with after-the-fact audio-visual effects. As subjects of the us- er study, players are given the same virtual environment with two emotional states: fear, and peace.

MimicA: A Framework for Self-Learning Companion AI Behavior

Authorship: 
Travis Angevine and Foaad Khosmood
Publication: 
AIIDE 2016, Player Modeling Workshop
Workshop
Location: 
San Francisco, California
October, 2016

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We explore fully autonomous companion characters within the context of Real Time Strategy games. Non-player Characters that are controlled by Artificial Intelligence to some degree, have been a feature of Role Playing games for decades. RTS games rarely have a player avatar, and thus no real companions. The universe of RTS games where both an avatar and a companion character exist is small. Most friendly RTS units are semi autonomous at best, requiring player micromanagement of their behavior.

Foaad Khosmood Understanding a Community: Observations from the Global Game Jam Survey Data

Authorship: 
Thomas Steinke, Max Linsenbard, Elliot Fiske, Foaad Khosmood
Publication: 
International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events
Conference
Location: 
Berkeley, California
March, 2016

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The Global Game Jam® is the world’s largest game creation event, a physical jam that is held annually for eight years now. The 48-hour activity brings together game design enthusiasts in over 90 countries around the world for a weekend of experimentation. The organization facilitates tens of thousands of jam registrations every year, and thousands of responses to its annual survey. In this paper, we analyze Global Game Jam using multiple largely unexamined sources of data. We produce and discuss some key observations supported by the evidence.

Automated Generation of Conversational Non Player Characters

Authorship: 
Foaad Khosmood, Grant Pickett and Allan Fowler
Publication: 
Intelligent Narrative Technologies 8 / Social Believability in Games Workshop
Workshop
Location: 
Santa Cruz, California
November, 2015

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We present NPCAgency, a system of generating conversational non-player characters (NPC) based on predefined universe models, as well as author specification. Generated characters can be quite complex and a wide variety of them can be instantly created. We believe such a system can help solve two problems. First, the authorial burden of the game designer is lessened, allowing renderings of large numbers of NPCs, each with their own unique background and conversation topics, all conforming to the norms of a predefined “universe”.
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