I was tagged for something for Blaugust, and right at the last minute too, so I am going to have to squeeze in just one more post in the month.
Angie at Backlog Crusader did the Quantic Foundry Gamer Motivation Profile survey and then tagged some other bloggers to give it a try. I’m game… so to speak… but here is the thing. I’ve done this before, back in 2015 when the survey was new. Still, I figured I could go through the questions again. The test itself is built around some assumptions about gamer behavior.
As I said previously, it reminds me of the Bartle model, with a few more dimensions. It does rely on the common personality test dynamic of paired behaviors that are placed as poles in a given motivation.
I had even made a profile back in 2015, so was able to log in and go through the test again. It remembered my answers from back then, though a couple more questions had been added. I also changed some of my answers, ending up with a chart that looks like this:
You can compare that to the last time around.
In 2015 there were only five factors, now there are six. If you want to see how the test has changed you can compare my 2015 post, where I wrote about each of the factors, and my 2019 results available here.
In 2015 I was “Calm, Spontaneous, and Grounded.”
In 2019 I am “Calm, Driven, Gregarious, and Grounded.”
The problem I have with this sort of test is the somewhat generic set of questions asking how important certain things are to me. I sit there and read the question and think, “Well, this is important to me under specific circumstances, but at other times I could care less.” So the strength of my answers is not very strong at all. I went through and changed a good chunk of them as I passed through the quiz once again, but never by more than one notch either direction.
Basically, my mood at the moment could alter many of my answers at least somewhat, to the point that I am pretty sure if you wiped all my answers and had me take the survey again in a week, the results would change some.
But for an afternoon in August, that was how I was feeling.
And at the end of the survey the site offers up some games that might appeal to you based on what other people taking it who scored similarly to you ranked as their favorite games. My top game was No Man’s Sky.
Seems appropriate. I actually own it, having picked it up in a Steam sale. Couldn’t get past the forever loading screens though. Maybe that has gotten better.
The game recommendations come in three levels. To get an MMO result I had to select “niche” as a parameter, because MMOs remain a niche genre.
Anyway, if you want to take the survey as well, you can find it here on the Quantic Lab site.