As a part of this activity, I participated in three gamer profile quizzes. Each had a slightly different purpose, but the outcomes were fairly accurate. The quizzes were:
- Gamer Motivation Profile
- Board Games Motivation Profile
Here is an overview of the gamer motivation profile:
As you can see from the image, I am very much a player for social, mastery, and achievement reasons more than anything else. I am not much of a game player unless it involves the whole body mind and maybe a bit of laughter.
The second activity involved researching our board game profile. Again, you can see that my social needs ranked higher than any other element in the survey. Aesthetics were also pretty important to me as I pay attention to the design element in a game which includes the board design, the game pieces and the other elements like cards and dice. My interest in this is definitely linked to my enjoyment of graphic design.
The third quiz was created to explain the players Archetype. It was based off of Bartles Taxonomy that helped players to better explain what type of player they are in a multiplayer gaming environment. I fall into the category of Participant on Whim.
Participant on Whim
I found this to be an interesting outcome for my player type. I had not been exposed to Bartles Taxonomy before so I decided to do some research and learn more. In my research I dscovered that beyond Bartles playing styles, is Kohl’s learning styles which, according to one article by Hamdaoui, Idrissi, & Bennani (2018), the two are interrelated. In fact, they found that the learner style can be predicted by the playing style. I tried to figure out how this survey we took fell in line with Bartles so I could predict my Kolb learning style from the list, but I was not successful. Bartles had a slightly different naming convention. However, if I use the terms Achiever or Socializer, described in the explanation, I would have the learning style called accomodator. According to the authors, “Accommodative learners: They prefer experiences rather than theories. They rely on others for information and they use their intuition rather than logical analysis.” I would have to agree that this often is my way of playing games.
Hamdaoui, N., Khalidi Idrissi, M., & Bennani, S. (2018). Modeling Learners in Educational Games: Relationship Between Playing and Learning Styles. Simulation & Gaming, 49(6), 675–699. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046878118783804