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[SUGGESTION] Measuring a player's skill level.

#1
Hi!

In this thread I want to just discuss a "new" solution I wrote down.
It's about measuring skill level of Xonotic players to make it possible to arrange matches where no one is a "pro" or a "noob" and everyone can enjoy tight competition.

Read this document and share your opinion:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u1h-...LmP18/edit

Remember:

THIS IS NOT
MANDATORY


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#2
Good idea, however, the points that are associated with frags against bot AI need to be carefully balanced. Maybe people could do statistics about that, to calibrate the scale.
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#3
Im aganist
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#4
For duelers a chess-like elo system would be a better way to produce a (more or less) realistic skill rating imo. Whenever Xonotic has > 1000 competing players a skill rating system would make sense. But for now, with the limited amount of players a ladder would be the best way to get a ranking.
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#5
Sarge999: I agree - balance is the key (as I wrote in the doc.)

Justin: Why are you against?

asy7um: Does this chess-like thing has any relation to actual gameplay? ;D Also: I'm think Xonotic will have >1000 players in 86 months after 1.0 release. So I think being ready is a good thing. I expect this game to be very popular.

Btw: just got a new idea: the skill test results could be used to create a hall of fame kind of thing. Like in TrackMania Nations.
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(11-15-2011, 06:01 PM)unfa Wrote: Sarge999: I agree - balance is the key (as I wrote in the doc.)

Justin: Why are you against?

asy7um: Does this chess-like thing has any relation to actual gameplay? ;D Also: I'm think Xonotic will have >1000 players in 86 months after 1.0 release. So I think being ready is a good thing. I expect this game to be very popular.

Btw: just got a new idea: the skill test results could be used to create a hall of fame kind of thing. Like in TrackMania Nations.

ELO Is a somewhat complicated but supposably rather fair ranking system. As far as your idea goes it may work, but again will only measure pure one-man-army death-match skills. What happens when we want to arrange a 'fair game' of, lets say, keyhunt? Experience tells me that not only does team games require a different skill-set, but also that some teams simply don't work even tough every player on the team are considered quite skilled. Here CTF provides a very clear example. With a team of just good defenders or attackers, the other team will always win (as long as skills are comparable, but the mix is right)

So, in a nutshell any sort of automatic skill calculation needs to deal with far more then just death-match imo.

One possible solution would be to simply let the player rank him/her-self, either for each new mode played (some sorta first run dialog, ofc later accessable tough menu) Or perhaps in some generic groups, like Deathmatch: 0--10 Teamplay: 1--10 Movement: 1--10 ...
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#7
I'm not sure about this. I guess everyone can beat the bots kinda easily after some time. Also only 1v1 is not so good to define the level of skill (see post above) - there are players who are quite good in CTF but terrible in 1v1.

I think it would be easier to combine it with XonStats. Just need to define a system, which consinders you as a 'good' or 'bad' player (first idea in my head right now: average score in gamemode X).

If X = DM and your average score ~25 (assuming the fraglimit is usually 30) then you are considered to be a 'godlike' player.
This way you can set a skill level for a player for each gamemode (and an overall [average] skill level).

Problem: What if you just play vs. 'noobs'?
MAYBE even assign a skill level for each match and take the other players into account.
I.e.you play DM with 2 players = skill level 1 , 3 = skill level 3, 1 = skill level 5. Then we calculate a factor (average skill level of the oponnents) which is 2,67 here.
Now your score/frags gets multiplied by that factor (i.e. 20 frags) and we get 53,4 score.
The maximum score (with 30 frags) in this match would be 80,1.

Skill level 5 = 90-100%
Skill level 4 = 75-89%
Skill level 3 = 50-74%
Skill level 2 = 20-49%
Skill level 1 = 0-19%

Your score 53,4 would be 66,67%, which means you get skill level 3 for this game.
The XonStats site can calculated the average skill level for all DM games now to get your skill level in DM.

Understand? Big Grin
I have no idea if it's hard to implement such a (weird Tongue) system.
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