Automatized Summarization of Multiplayer Games

Peter Mindek, Ladislav Čmolík, Ivan Viola, Meister Eduard Gröller, Stefan Bruckner
Automatized Summarization of Multiplayer Games
In Proceedings of Spring Conference on Computer Graphics 2015, pages 93-100. April 2015.
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We present a novel method for creating automatized gameplay dramatization of multiplayer video games. The dramatization serves as a visual form of guidance through dynamic 3D scenes with multiple foci, typical for such games. Our goal is to convey interesting aspects of the gameplay by animated sequences creating a summary of events which occurred during the game. Our technique is based on processing many cameras, which we refer to as a flock of cameras, and events captured during the gameplay, which we organize into a so-called event graph. Each camera has a lifespan with a certain time interval and its parameters such as position or look-up vector are changing over time. Additionally, during its lifespan each camera is assigned an importance function, which is dependent on the significance of the structures that are being captured by the camera. The images captured by the cameras are composed into a single continuous video using a set of operators based on cinematographic effects. The sequence of operators is selected by traversing the event graph and looking for specific patterns corresponding to the respective operators. In this way, a large number of cameras can be processed to generate an informative visual story presenting the gameplay. Our compositing approach supports insets of camera views to account for several important cameras simultaneously. Additionally, we create seamless transitions between individual selected camera views in order to preserve temporal continuity, which helps the user to follow the virtual story of the gameplay.

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@inproceedings{mindek-2015-mc,
  title =      "Automatized Summarization of Multiplayer Games",
  author =     "Peter Mindek and Ladislav {v C}mol{' i}k and Ivan Viola and
               Meister Eduard Gr{"o}ller and Stefan Bruckner",
  year =       "2015",
  abstract =   "We present a novel method for creating automatized gameplay
               dramatization of multiplayer video games. The dramatization
               serves as a visual form of guidance through dynamic 3D
               scenes with multiple foci, typical for such games. Our goal
               is to convey interesting aspects of the gameplay by animated
               sequences creating a summary of events which occurred during
               the game. Our technique is based on processing many cameras,
               which we refer to as a flock of cameras, and events captured
               during the gameplay, which we organize into a so-called
               event graph. Each camera has a lifespan with a certain time
               interval and its parameters such as position or look-up
               vector are changing over time. Additionally, during its
               lifespan each camera is assigned an importance function,
               which is dependent on the significance of the structures
               that are being captured by the camera. The images captured
               by the cameras are composed into a single continuous video
               using a set of operators based on cinematographic effects.
               The sequence of operators is selected by traversing the
               event graph and looking for specific patterns corresponding
               to the respective operators. In this way, a large number of
               cameras can be processed to generate an informative visual
               story presenting the gameplay. Our compositing approach
               supports insets of camera views to account for several
               important cameras simultaneously. Additionally, we create
               seamless transitions between individual selected camera
               views in order to preserve temporal continuity, which helps
               the user to follow the virtual story of the gameplay.",
  month =      apr,
  booktitle =  "Proceedings of Spring Conference on Computer Graphics 2015",
  editor =     "Joaquim Jorge, Luis Paulo Santos, Roman Durikovic",
  isbn =       "978-80-223-3844-8",
  location =   "Smolenice, Slovakia",
  publisher =  "Comenius University, Bratislava",
  pages =      "93--100",
  keywords =   "storytelling, game visualization, animation",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2015/mindek-2015-mc/",
}