B.J.'s family

A survey of first person shooters and their avatars

Michael Hitchens*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

Abstract

The First Person Shooter (FPS) is a popular game form, with examples appearing on many different platforms. Gameplay in the FPS is focused through the avatar, all the player's interaction with the world is mediated by the avatar. While there has been extensive study of the FPS genre, this has tended to focus on particular games, or at best a limited set of examples. In order to provide a wider context for such work this paper surveys 499 separate FPS titles, across a range of platforms. The distribution of releases over platform and time are examined. Given the importance of the avatar, basic characteristics of avatars within the sample are documented, including race, gender and background, and how these vary across platform and time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment, IE 2009
EditorsMalcolm Ryan, Yusuf Pisan
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781450300100
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event6th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment, IE 2009 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 17 Dec 200919 Dec 2009

Other

Other6th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment, IE 2009
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period17/12/0919/12/09

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