New research illuminates our gaming motivations

    
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If you’ve ever thought that the Bartle test was a bit outdated, game analytics consulting firm Quantic Foundry has a new gamer psych chart for you. This past week, it released its Gamer Motivation Model, which groups gamer types into three “clusters of motivations” joined by “discovery” and “power” bridges.

In the bottom-right orange cluster, there’s an Action-Social cluster that combines the interest in fast-paced gameplay with player interaction.
In the left yellow cluster, there’s an Immersion-Creativity cluster that combines the interest in narrative, expression, and world exploration.
In the top blue clusters, there’s a Mastery-Achievement cluster that combines the appeal of strategic gameplay, taking on challenges, and becoming powerful.

The company is planning to release more data in the coming months, so stay tuned if the science of why we game the way we do interests you, and go take the test yourself if you’re so inclined.

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Source: Quantic Foundry. With thanks to Dengar for the tip!
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Strangepowers

Supah Kool and right on!
Gaming Style for Strangepowers:Action-Oriented, Spontaneous, Relaxed, Social, Grounded, and Practical

RickMills1
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RickMills1

zenaphex Looks just like mine!

allionline
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allionline

Calm, Spontaneous, Relaxed, Deeply Immersed, and Creative
It’s pretty accurate although I might have put a bit more into achievement. I like getting achievements, but I don’t feel the need to get all of them.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

magogjack  On crap!  I’ve given them data that might be used to influence game companies into producing things I like!

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Calm, Proficient, Relaxed, Deeply Immersed, and Creative

Seems about right.  The oddest thing about my chart is the Achievement area.  When its components are separated I scored 62% on completion and a measly 8% on power.

mosselyn
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mosselyn

Sounds about right. Nick Yee is one of the founders of Quantic, and he’s been refining this model for many years. It’ll be interesting to see how the current one holds up.
https://goo.gl/q0IwDo

bargamer
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bargamer

Aggressive, Spontaneous, Gregarious, Driven, Deeply Immersed, Expressive.
In other words, a barbarian. Gregarious, huh? Hey, you! Join my horde! ;)

Vikingr
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Vikingr

Craywulf 
You and me have similar charts, but your’re a bit more social and action-oriented than me. :)

Vikingr
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Vikingr

Same as the last time I tested.

Qarran
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Qarran

Err… Ok.  I think I see my problem.