University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers have developed GameNet and GameSage, two Web-based tools to help game players find new games suited to their individual tastes.
GameNet is an explorable network that enables users to enter the name of a game and get an interactive list of closely related games. GameSage is integrated with GameNet and lets users describe a hypothetical game and find existing games that are closest to the description.
The researchers used latent semantic analysis, a natural-language processing technique, to analyze the game descriptions in nearly 12,000 Wikipedia articles. GameNet provides a summary of each game in the network, along with links to the Wikipedia entry, Google Images, and YouTube videos of the game.
"We tried to make it informative and easy to use, so you can quickly see if a game interests you," says UCSC professor Noah Wardrip-Fruin.
GameNet and GameSage were developed as part of the larger Game Metadata and Citation Project. "We're trying to improve all aspects of how we find games, how we add them to collections in libraries, archives, and museums, and how we cite them in academic literature," Wardrip-Fruin says.
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