Yes, as a player you can be defined, and with surprising accuracy too.
In 1978 a man by the name of Richard Bartle, along with Roy Trubshaw, would create the world’s very first MUD (multi user dungeon). For those of you newer to computer games, imagine an all text based, no graphics, MMO, and you have a MUD. Now imagine how cutting edge that would be in 1978. MUD’s were popular up through the mid 90′s even making the transition from BBS’s to the internet.
Bartle, who has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, would go on to write a study on what he defined as the four player archetypes found in MUD’s (and later MMO’s). These archetypes were achievers (diamonds), explorers (spades), socializers (hearts), and killers (clubs).
In the mid 90′s a named named Erwin Andreasen would create an electronic version of the Bartle Test of Gamer Psychology. And yes, you can take this test. It only requires a couple minutes of your time and you may find it uncannily accurate.
The test can be found here.
So what did it say about me?
I’m what’s known as a “KEAS”.
“KEAS players are often individuals who like to feel immersed in a virtual worlds and see themselves as a great villain or crusader within that world. They seek out challenges against other players, but they are going to find all the areas of that world. They’ll often know about the best hiding places and ambush points.”
My percentage breakdown was: Achiever 46.67%, Explorer 60.00%, Killer 86.67%, Socializer 26.67%
I have to admit… my friends and I all had a good laugh. They’re all too familiar with me dragging them off to world PVP at some new hot-spot or ambush point I’ve found. (My favorite in pre-Burning Crusade WoW was the fallen tree above the road in Felwood.)
When it comes to game design it’s interesting to guess what player archetypes the designers had in mind. For WoW, my guess is the priorities were, Achiever, Socializer, Explorer, then Killer. Looking at Warhammer I’d say it’s going to be the killer’s version of WoW. I can hardly wait.
Alright, now that I’ve fessed up to what I am… what are you?