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OP  6/12/13 6:20:15 PM#1

For many players, the choice of the role into which they will fall in any MMO is as crucial as what their character looks like. In today's column, Genese Davis takes a look at three roles as defined in a recently released player survey. See what they are, how they play and which you are and then talk to us in the comments.

Gaming personality types are generally multifaceted and the dominance of one facet over the other is often situational. However, there are quite a few tests and quizzes out there that place player preferences and gaming personality types into different categories. In the Exploring MMOtivation column we took a close look at Dr. Bartle’s explorer gaming type, and mentioned how his test can determine whether a player falls into the explorer, killer, achiever or socializer category. 

Read more Genese Davis: RPG Personality Traits.

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6/13/13 12:20:32 PM#2
Very interesting topic.  Reminds me of the Path system talked about in Wildstar.  Personally my "RPG gaming personality" is different with every character I create in every game.  I made a Jedi in SW:TOR and based him on my decisions if I were training to be a jedi (Self), I also made a sith whose only goal was to make Darth Sidius look like a carebear (Role Player).  I also have a trickster rogue in Neverwinter that strives to output as much dps as possbile, while maintaining utility to help the group, to show how good of a rogue I am (mastery).  I don't see how the test can categorize a player so simply.  Maybe I'm just weird....?

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6/13/13 12:25:19 PM#3

Lark your life?

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I would expect to score pretty low on the Role type. Higher in the Self type but highest in the Mastery type. Maybe. I've spent very little time thinking about this particular aspect of gaming.

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6/13/13 12:25:32 PM#4
Oh that's just ridiculous that is!

Now we need tests to tell us what to play and how to play?

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6/13/13 12:58:19 PM#5
I very much identify with self. There is a norn look in gw2 that fits me perfect. The problem I have is that I wanted to play as human. I just cant though. The faces are all wrong and it just doesnt look like me. The norn on the other hand is perfect all the way around. Hair matches, nose, lips, eyes, stubble, shoulders, neck everything. My wife rolls her eyes at my Norn warrior because it looks just like me.

On the flip side I have tried to roll a character that just isnt me at all and I cant make it ten minutes before know this just isnt going to work and I delete it.

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6/13/13 12:58:58 PM#6

interesting quiz.  I see forum topics pop up regularly about why people do or don't think its ok to play as the opposite gender-  the self/role/mastery concept seems to show why some people have issues with this.

My only criticism is that the mastery player in the quiz is biased towards WoW style games.  Mastery in UO or Shadowbane terms would be very different than achievements and gear.  If there was a way to word the questions to determine mastery in a more general sense I think I would have had a very different result.


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6/13/13 1:04:28 PM#7
Where is the quiz lol?

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6/13/13 1:32:32 PM#8
Interesting, but I wish you'd spent a little more time exploring how the different gaming personality types might affect not just game play, but how players see games (and gaming issues) in other areas. Perhaps another column on the subject?

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6/13/13 2:51:45 PM#9
Personally, I always have "what does the character want to do" at the front of my decision-making, even when I'm using that character to peruse an achievement.  I also enjoy imagining alts debating amongst themselves, each having a different opinion on a subject.  I'm startled at how uncomfortable some people get when they encounter actual role-playing.

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6/13/13 3:21:17 PM#10

I'm not exactly sure which category I fit in nor what anyone really means by 'identifying with your avatar'. Does it mean that you're delusional enough to trick your mind into thinking you and your avatar are one and the same person? Or does it mean you simply behave in the game the same way you would in real life, using the same moral code? If it's the former then I'd recommend an express visit to the nearest psychiatric hospital to whoever 'identifies' with his/her toon before it gets out of hand. If it's the latter then I guess I qualify as a self gamer more than anything else.

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6/13/13 3:27:44 PM#11
Some of these comments are great. It's just a matter of preference not delusion. Just examine your own tendencies thats all.

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6/13/13 3:46:05 PM#12
Originally posted by Pie_Rat
 Does it mean that you're dillusional enough to trick your mind into thinking you and your avatar are one and the same person?

I recommend this educational video:


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6/13/13 5:47:19 PM#13
Originally posted by maplestone
Originally posted by Pie_Rat
 Does it mean that you're dillusional enough to trick your mind into thinking you and your avatar are one and the same person?

I recommend this educational video:

LOL ! not sure i got your point but thanks for the good laugh :)


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6/13/13 5:53:25 PM#14
Cute article...a little fluff to get us past the shytstorm of E3. lol

MMORPG Gamers/Developers need a reality check!


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6/13/13 8:46:00 PM#15

I am both a Self and a role player.. I try to create an avatar who'd best represent me and what I represent out here in the real world.. I try to envision, not really the avatar being exactly ME, but a "living, breathing" entity of another world for which I posses and must care for..

Luckily for me, most games allow me to design an avatar that carries at least SOME of the same visual traits as I, but even for the ones that don't I still connect on a level that tends to have me speak about the character in third person and not being possessive when doing so. So instead of saying "My character", or "My guy", I'll say "Vyeth is.." or "He is"..

I try to give myself the idea that the character has his own conscience, but lacks the ability to act on his own..

Wreck it Ralph is how I like to envision all video game characters... lol..


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6/13/13 8:52:33 PM#16

Its crap like those tests that try to cram everyone into just a few categories that helped bring about the over simplified MMOs we have today.

Trying to create just a few categories allows companies to start thinking that they do not need real depth to their games, or variety and THAT is the reason why so many companies cant figure out WHY their games are failing.

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6/13/13 9:31:02 PM#17
I don't even have to take the test to know I fall heavily into the self category.

In my day MMORPG's were sooooo hard we fought our way through dungeons in the snow....uphill both ways.
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6/14/13 3:54:06 AM#18
Originally posted by jtcgs

Its crap like those tests that try to cram everyone into just a few categories that helped bring about the over simplified MMOs we have today.

Trying to create just a few categories allows companies to start thinking that they do not need real depth to their games, or variety and THAT is the reason why so many companies cant figure out WHY their games are failing.

In the end it's all about trying to understand the player more so they can craft a game that they enjoy more.  When you have millions and millions of players you cannot craft a game for every type of player that possibly exists.  You have to break players down into groups, decide on who your market it, and where the focus of the game lies.  Actually it is when games try to please everybody they fail because they end up being unfocused and pleasing nobody.   If you look at Wildstar this is exactly what they are doing with Paths, and that game has depth coming out it's ass.


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6/14/13 7:30:57 AM#19

I duno, I took this quiz and it told me I was 40% self, 30% RP and 30% achievement based.  The self thing I could've told anyone from the get go, I do try to identify with my toons in each game because that makes the game world itself so much fun, after that tho it's about what I can do in the game to get better at what I do.  I have -never- role played, never want to, never intend to.  I'm the guy that leaves the backstory box blank and you'll see me avoid RP hubs like they contained an awkward plague.

Tests like this, to me are more like the tests that tell you which FF7 character you are or which Dragonball Character you are.  They're basically meaningless things.  Anyone taking it seriously needs to seriously evaluate themselves.


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6/14/13 8:13:37 AM#20
When I pick a character I look at the role I want to play in the game and adjust as needed to fill that role.  Normally, I like to start a healer so I pick one that would fit that class.  I never look at RL characteristics because I am trying to escape it.

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