Measuring Inflation within Virtual Economies using Deep Reinforcement Learning

Conor Stephens, Conor Stephens, Chris Exton, Chris Exton

Abstract

This paper proposes a framework for assessing economies within online multiplayer games without the need for extensive player testing and data collection. Players have identified numerous exploits in modern online games to further their collection of resources and items. A recent exploit within a game-economy would be in Animal Crossing New Horizons a multiplayer game released in 2020 which featured bugs that allowed users to generate infinite money (Sudario, 2020); this has impacted the player experience in multiple negative ways such as causing hyperinflation within the economy and scarcity of resources within the particular confines of any game. The framework proposed by this paper can aid game developers and designers when testing their game systems for potential exploits that could lead to issues within the larger game economies. Assessing game systems is possible by leveraging reinforcement learning agents to model player behaviour; this is shown and evaluated in a sample multiplayer game. This research is designed for game designers and developers to show how multi-agent reinforcement learning can help balance game economies. The project source code is open source and available at: https://github.com/Taikatou/economy research.

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Stephens C. and Exton C. (2021). Measuring Inflation within Virtual Economies using Deep Reinforcement Learning.In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART, ISBN 978-989-758-484-8, pages 444-453. DOI: 10.5220/0010392804440453


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icaart21,
author={Conor Stephens and Chris Exton},
title={Measuring Inflation within Virtual Economies using Deep Reinforcement Learning},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,},
year={2021},
pages={444-453},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010392804440453},
isbn={978-989-758-484-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,
TI - Measuring Inflation within Virtual Economies using Deep Reinforcement Learning
SN - 978-989-758-484-8
AU - Stephens C.
AU - Exton C.
PY - 2021
SP - 444
EP - 453
DO - 10.5220/0010392804440453