Avatar Movement in World of Warcraft Battlegrounds

John Miller, Jon Crowcroft

Netgames 2009 |

Published by IEEE

Evaluating DVE topology management and message propagation schemes requires avatar movement models. Most models are based on reasoned assumptions rather than measured data, potentially biasing evaluation. We measured player movement in World of Warcraft battlegrounds, and compared our observations against common assumptions about player avatar movement and navigation. We found that when modeling a highly interactive DVE such as a battleground, a waypoint model is not sufficient to describe most avatar movement. We were surprised to find that despite game incentives for grouping, the majority of avatar movement between objectives is individual, not grouped. Finally, we found that a hotspot-based model for avatar movement is consistent with our traces.