Hey. I’ve got a question for you: Why do you play games?
It’s not a simple question once you start thinking deeply about it, and there are a number of ways to approach it. Some people play just for fun, some to socialize, some to escape the real world, some to relieve stress.
Another way to approach it is to think about what kinds of activities, mechanics, and experiences in a game motivate you to play that game over any other game. Or a different activity, for that matter. You’ve got thousands of games to choose from at any moment. Why are you playing what you’ve been playing lately?
That’s going to be the topic of discussion in this episode of the podcast, with my guest Dr. Nick Yee from Quantic Foundry. He’s going to share some research that he and his colleagues have been doing around player types, gaming motivations, and personality types. Maybe you’ll learn something about what makes your gamer soul tick.
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Information about this week’s topic:
- Visit the Quantic Foundry blog
- More information about the Gamer Motivation Model and player types
- Take the Gamer Motivation profile tool to get your own report
- “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
- “Bit Quest” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
- “Happy Happy Game Show” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
- Richard Bartle on Player Type Theory at CasualConnect 2012