Today Microsoft Research announced their launch of their new Facebook game called Project Waterloo. This was not released in competition to Zynga or PopCap games instead it was created for research purposes.
The goal of this project is to build a platform for research in behavioural game theory on social networking sites which will enable experiments of unprecedented scale, resolution, interactivity and social embedding. We aim at testing the behaviour of real people in game theoretic interactions in social networks. How do people negotiate with one another? How can we aggregate opinions of individuals to arrive at high-quality decisions? In what ways do people reciprocate other people’s actions?
Apart from the above goals, Microsoft Research is also planning to launch a Facebook game theory lab.
Our next major goal in the project is establishing a “Facebook Game Theory Lab”. This is platform that would allow us to carry out experiments in which people interact with their friends in a set of games, designed to examine the strategic interactions that occur in a principled way. Example games are competition and resource allocation games and negotiation games. This way we can examine where peoples’ behaviour differs from predictions from classical game theory, and devise tools to better predict the behaviour.
You can play the game at msrwaterloo.
And more details on this project at MSR.
via: All About Microsoft