The Daily Grind: Does your MMO archetype reflect your personality?

    
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A few months ago, blogger Tipa on West Karana wrote a post wondering whether the roles we play in MMOs reflected on our roles in real life — and vice versa. Specifically, she talks about how her deliberate decision to play tanks in video games dovetailed with control over her own life and translated into leadership skills in the present day.

I played primarily healers and bards my first few years and deliberately chose to start playing a “puller” character to force myself out of my comfort zone too, but gosh if I don’t gravitate back to the same few archetypes in every game unless I consciously play against type (it’s shamans, crowd control bards, archers, and shield tanks for me). When I look around at my guildies, they tend to follow patterns too: The leaders pick tanks, the go-getters play berserkers, the tricksters like rogues, the contrarians play underdogs, the nurturers love healers, and so on. Some of them overlap, of course!

What do you think? Does your favorite MMO playstyle or archetype mirror your personality type in the real world?

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AGx

Sadly, yes. I say sadly because it forces me to play roles I don’t necessarily like. I’m a very protective and nurturing person so I always gravitate toward some sort of tank or healer. While I can tolerate healing, I HATE tanking. What draws me to it is the fact that I can’t help but to look out for other people. I’m like a living crutch. I’ll heal you when I can and take a bullet for you if I have to.

I personally prefer support classes (the best example I can give is FFXI’s Red Mage or WoW’s Druid). I like a class that allows me to do more than just heal. These classes aren’t necessarily tanks or healers but can do enough of everything to keep the party alive if either of the primaries are slacking. The support role seems to be dying in favor of the boring trinity or the complete lack where everyone is their own tank and healer (e.g. GW2, ESO)

Xvim
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Xvim

I find that I like to play hybrids / support more than anything as I like to do what is needed as the situation changes around me. Similarly, in life I try to be fairly adaptable to whatever may arise.

RamsayIV
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RamsayIV

daikatan4 This.  I am the same way! I make choices in SWOTR Based on what I would personally say, and choose classes I think would fit my personality.  I also tried a Sith… and immediately deleted him. haha

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Does my MMO archetype reflect my personality? Generally, yes. Generally, more than I initially realized.

I also noticed that I prefer to play mobile and “strategic” characters; fast moving, hard to pin down or entrap (key, that), and strategic only in the sense that I’d rather out-think (or at least out-plan, or out-maneuver) my adversaries than engage them head-to-head.

So, I end up with a Science (controller) archetype main in Star Trek Online, a Gunslinger main in SWTOR, and various forms of archers and rogues in fantasy games.

Without getting too biographical (anathema on the internet) I realize that I have struggled against situations which have attempted to force my compliance and limit my options in real-life, so my tendency in games is to play characters whose defining abilities resist and defeat such tactics.

Who needs therapy when we have games? :-)

SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably
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SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably

I may wish that I were a woman as physically fit as my characters and able to cast spells, but I’m not. Sadly. That’s why I play one in a video game.
Psychologically I think that the hypothesis makes a lot of sense and should generally be true.

crackfox
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crackfox

Zo5o To be fair to the clerics of fantasy games and fiction, their deities tend to be rather more direct in their dealings with mortals. Not so much faith, as fear and favour. Organised religion makes sense in that context.

daikatan4
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daikatan4

My chars totally reflect my personality and ethics. I once tried to play a chaotic evil Sith Lord and had to delete the char.

Vexia
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Vexia

I would say yes. I tend to play PvE tanks most often (I have yet to settle on a PvP archetype), and there’s definitely a personal connection. In social situations, I like to be helpful when I can, so early on I was drawn to either playing as a tank or a healer. I did try out a bit of healing, but I felt like I really hit my stride when I started tanking. Part of it is just the role itself (I prefer knowing what’s going on all over the battlefield rather than watching health bars, for example), and part of it is probably due to my contrarian nature wherein I feel satisfied to debunk stereotypes or quietly go against the status quo. I already liked to try rolling unusual class and race combinations for starters, and at the time there was the perception that women tended to gravitate toward the healing roles; I really wanted to go against that. Nor am I much of the extroverted leader type, but I’ve found a way to make tanking (and leading groups) work with my personality type in ways that I think have made me a better person. 
T(h)anks, MMOs!

starcallerasterei
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starcallerasterei

Two things I always look for in any games classes- pets (and I am very attached to animals irl) and hybrid classes. I always try to find the class that can do a bit of everything, maybe not as well as specialised folks but can get stuff done without relying on others. I never thought of it before, I guess I do tend to prefer to just do everything myself. Although I have also noticed I tend to play tanks a lot more these days too now that I lead guilds

JohnD212
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JohnD212

Yes. In LOTRO I play a Hobbit who are basically nasty little buggers. That’s me! :)