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What’s your Gamer Motivation Profile? (version 2)

Back in December 2016, I came across Quantic Foundry after reading an interesting summation of their findings from the Gamer Motivation Profile survey. I decided to join the 250,000 individuals who had already taken the test to discover what it would say about me and you can read more about that here.

Fast-forward to October 2019 and Frostilyte from Frostilyte’s Blog very kindly tagged me in their post about their own profile. This got me thinking: had Quantic Foundry’s survey changed in that period and if I took the test again, would the results reveal any transformations in my gaming motivations? I still enjoy video games with strong narratives and point-and-clicks will always have a special place in my heart; but after finding enjoyment in cooperative titles such as Guns of Icarus Alliance and The Elder Scrolls Online, it was possible I’d changed.

It was a nice surprise to find I’d saved my profile from 2016 and so could easily jump back in time to see the gamer I was three years ago. Quantic Foundry measure 12 distinct motivations for each person who takes their survey and then focuses on a set of primary and secondary drives, including things like Mastery and Creativity. Previously, Immersion had been my highest motivation at 76% and I wasn’t shocked to see that this aspect of my profile hadn’t changed:

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What did stand out for me however was just how much my Achievement and Completion scores had reduced – from 28% to 9%, and 58% to 22% respectively – but this drop does make sense. Although I can still be quite obsessive when it comes to finishing every quest within an RPG, more responsibilities now mean I no longer have the time to 100% all the games I play. I’ve learnt over the past few years that it’s far better to enjoy what I do play, rather than feeling as though I must play and complete everything.

The other thing that was surprising was the video game recommendations generated for me through the survey. Six releases featured in both my 2016 and 2019 results and some of them were great suggestions; their narrative elements are exactly the sort of entertainment I’d go for. But others, including collecting titles and simulations, aren’t the types of releases that usually appeal to me. Here are my current top-ten recommendations and my relationship with them so far:

Game Also in 2016? Played? Completed? Appeals?
Gone Home Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oxenfree Yes Yes No Yes
Night in the Woods Yes Yes Yes Yes
Life is Strange Yes Yes No Yes
Firewatch No Yes Yes Yes
INSIDE No No No No
Neko Atsume Yes No No No
Stardew Valley Yes No No No
Mass Effect: Andromeda No No No Yes
The Walking Dead No Yes Yes No

Quantic Foundry say that gamers with high Immersion scores want games with interesting narratives, characters and settings so they can be deeply immersed in the alternate worlds. I’d say that sums me up pretty well; the main reason I play is because I enjoy getting wrapped up in good stories and I love the interactivity offered by video games over the passive viewing of movies. My results may be different three years after my original test, but the Gamer Motivation Profile still manages to be quite accurate.

Have you tried it yourself? What did you think of your results? Leave a link to your profile in the comments below if you’re happy to share, so we can take a look!

Kim View All

Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

31 thoughts on “What’s your Gamer Motivation Profile? (version 2) Leave a comment

  1. Ooh! This is really interesting, thanks for flagging it 😀

    I took the quiz, turns out I’m all about the immersion factor too! It’s maybe not surprising since our charts are quite similar but it recommended most of the same games to me. It didn’t recommend any JRPGS though which makes me doubt it’s algorithms (especially as I told it my favourite games).
    Anyway! Here it is: https://quantic.page.link/oUf4

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    • The game recommendations seem to be largely dependent on popular “favourite games” flagged by other people with similar profiles to your own. That is to say that the recommendations don’t actually get generated based on your favourite games, nor are they generated based on factors not captured within the survey (ex. if you’re drawn to a particular art-style, set of mechanics, or story-telling style).

      That’s all a long way of saying don’t get hung up on the recommendations. 😛

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      • Makes sense. Clearly it can’t give recommendations based on things it hasn’t asked, I just thought it might use your favourite game selections to personalise the recommendations.

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    • Wow, our charts are pretty close! 😮

      I expected more point-and-clicks to feature in the game recommendations for me. If, like Frostilyte says below, they’re generated based on other players’ favourite games, it’s really interesting that someone could have an almost identical profile to you and yet like titles that feel completely different.

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  2. Doesn’t look like too much has changed in the last few years. 😛

    Though I am curious – why the no appeal to Stardew? Is that just down to the lack of a more involved story?

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    • A slight shift, but I’m still the gamer I was! ha ha

      Simulation games have never held much appeal for me, and at most I’ll enjoy them for a couple of hours before moving onto something else. It probably is something to do with the story; I like having objectives and an ultimate goal, and a strong narrative to push everything forward. But several friends have told me they think I’d like Stardew Valley so I guess I should get around to trying it one of these days. 😉

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  3. I just took the survey and was surprise to see that I am close to balance in my primary factors. Social ended up being my highest factor which I did not realize until thinking about it and realizing “oh wow I do play a lot of online games.” I’ve always enjoyed playing with friends at gatherings but haven’t been able to in a while, so it is nice to see that I still enjoy having those social tendencies.

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    • It sounds like your survey was pretty accurate then!

      The fact my ‘social’ score was pretty low might have something to do with my age. I grew up during the 80s and 90s when video games were all single-player or couch co-op experiences, and it wasn’t until much later that home computers and internet connections became the norm. I think the first titles we play have a big impact on who we are as gamers and our gaming preferences in later life. 🙂

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      • That’s the surprising thing. I’ve only started playing online games in the past 5 years. Growing up, I used to play with my brother all the time and I would enjoy playing with him, or just watch him play by himself. To this day I would take couch co-op over online since I can physically interact with someone.

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  4. I’ve never done this before but I wasn’t too surprised by the results.

    https://quantic.page.link/Bq5c

    I’m mostly a single-player, narrative-focused gamer so I gravitate toward RPGs, visual novels, and adventure games, and I also like atmospheric stuff like horror and walking simulators. Rarely do I deviate from those, unless it’s an older 2D fighting game like Street Fighter.

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