We often talk about writing and designing a game for each gamer type, especially Bartle’s Player Types. Now’s your chance to find out where you lie. GamerDNA has hit 500,000 tests today and offers visitors a way to learn about their playstyles. What’s interesting is that the site offers a way to chart the aggregate of everyone’s tests.
So far, of Bartle’s original Four, explorers are the highest at 38.1% of players. However, I think this result is skewed, because explorers might be twice as likely to explore taking such a test! Socializers are the lowest. I don’t know if you get an output you can easily share when you complete the test (the site is lagged due to Kotaku traffic), but if not, that could be why socializers are low. Surprisingly, achievers come in second to last at 19.1%. Perhaps the presence or emphasis on multiplayer FPS makes the survey skew toward “Killers” who come in second at 29%.
In addition to the Bartle’s Test, there’s also the “Decades of Influence,” and FPS and RTS multiplayer style tests. Wait a day or so until they’ve got their servers back in order, then go over there and check out your style. Learned anything surprising? Share your results!
Next week: Stay tuned next week for a humorous look at game writers — our first collaborative post with writer Chris Avellone, who draws a mean stick figure.