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Mining for gold (and platinum): PlayStation network data mining


Wells, L and Cauchi-Saunders, A and Lewis, I and Monsif, L and Geelan, B and de Salas, K, Mining for gold (and platinum): PlayStation network data mining, Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY 2016), 16-19 Otober 2016, Austin, Texas, pp. 304-312. ISBN 978-1-4503-4456-2 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1145/2967934.2968112


Achievements are a common feature of modern video games. Early research efforts have attempted to classify achievements into taxonomies in order to identify achievement types and to learn about their potential affect on players, however, these studies have been constrained by small, manually collected samples of player data. This study describes a novel method of overcoming the lack of publicly-available achievement data, by scraping the PlayStation Network (PSN) for player profiles, including player achievement lists and progress in order to allow for a more informed analysis of players and their activities. Results of the application of this method have allowed us to source 30,227 player profiles, and subsequently learn that a number of factors can influence the earning of achievements, including PlayStation Plus subscriptions, player regions, and individual game achievement counts. We also present a wide range of future research applications which make use of this system to augment other existing datasets such as achievement taxonomies, sales figures, and review aggregators.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:video game, game achievements, achievement systems, web scraping
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Graphics, augmented reality and games
Research Field:Entertainment and gaming
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wells, L (Dr Lindsay Wells)
UTAS Author:Cauchi-Saunders, A (Mr Aran Cauchi-Saunders)
UTAS Author:Lewis, I (Dr Ian Lewis)
UTAS Author:Monsif, L (Mr Lorenzo Monsif)
UTAS Author:Geelan, B (Mr Benjamin Geelan)
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
ID Code:111936
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2016-10-17
Last Modified:2017-11-13

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