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Rock-Paper-Scissors on Steroids: Leveraging Game Theory in Games


Many areas of game design and programming benefit from very simple premises found in the 50-year old discipline of game theory. When games go awry, it is often due to not applying one or more of these ideas. Online competitive games in particular are prone to tipping precariously out of balance. By comparing staple online games such as WORLD OF WARCRAFT, TEAM FORTRESS 2, and STARCRAFT to classic game theory examples such as Rock-Paper-Scissors and Prisoners Dilemma, this lecture offers practical tips on how game theory methodologies can be used to craft well-balanced games-and potentially avert disaster!

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