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Evaluating Team Metrics in Cooperative Video Games
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Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making
DescriptionThis research aims to understand how cooperative game features lead to teamwork behaviors, as a step in developing gamified testbeds where human-human and human-autonomy teaming can be evaluated. Multiplayer video games incorporate a variety of features that encourage cooperation and interdependency, which make them potential task environments to evaluate team metrics. This study analyzed three cooperative video games through annotating play sessions by tracking cooperative features and behavioral markers. The results show how cooperative game features lead to a high frequency of teamwork behaviors, including coordination, planning, backup behavior and mutual monitoring. Additionally, game features such as complementary and shared obstacles and puzzles, community survival, and team spirit led to the highest frequencies of behavioral markers. This study can serve as an initial assessment in order to develop a list of requirements for the gamification of teaming testbeds and objective quantification of team measurement.