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Search-based Automated Play Testing of Computer Games: a model-based approach

Ferdous, Raihana; Kifetew, Fitsum; Prandi, Davide; Prasetya, I. S. W. B; Shirzadehhajimahmood, Samira; Susi, Angelo


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{
  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.5140432", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Search-based Automated Play Testing of Computer Games: a model-based approach", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2021, 
        7, 
        27
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>Computergametechnologyisincreasinglymorecomplexand applied in a wide variety of domains, beyond entertainment, such as training and educational scenarios. Testing games is a difficult task re- quiring a lot of manual effort since the interaction space in the game is very fine grained and requires a certain level of intelligence that cannot be easily automated. This makes testing a costly activity in the overall development of games.</p>\n\n<p>This paper presents a model-based formulation of game play testing in such a way that search-based testing can be applied for test generation. An abstraction of the desired game behaviour is captured in an extended finite state machine (EFSM) and search-based algorithms are used to derive abstract tests from the model, which are then concretised into action sequences that are executed on the game under test.</p>\n\n<p>The approach is implemented in a prototype tool EvoMBT. We carried out experiments on a 3D game to assess the suitability of the approach in general, and search-based test generation in particular. We applied 5 search algorithms for test generation on three different models of the game. Results show that search algorithms are able to achieve reasonable coverage on models: between 75% and 100% for the small and medium sized models, and between 29% and 56% for the bigger model. Mutation analysis shows that on the actual game application tests kill up to 99% of mutants. Tests have also revealed previously unknown faults.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Ferdous, Raihana"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Kifetew, Fitsum"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Prandi, Davide"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Prasetya, I. S. W. B"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Shirzadehhajimahmood, Samira"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Susi, Angelo"
    }
  ], 
  "type": "paper-conference", 
  "id": "5140432"
}
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