Adult gamers, when you game, what is your gaming persona? How do you play? Are you an achievement hunter, or do you just power through the main content like a man on a mission? Are you an explorer? Are you the constant ‘good guy/girl’ type?
We all play differently, and sometimes the way we play is a complete contrast from how we live our daily lives. Being released from the shackles of reality can bring out the best (and worst) in us.
We asked our team of adult gamers what their gaming personas are. Here were their responses:
TOM SVALINN: I’m the insatiable looter. There’s something gleefully simplistic about beating a boss or opening a chest to reveal a multitude of colourful items to plunder. I’m not exactly a collector (which I would define as wanting to complete collections or sets), but I have found that games with more….stuff….to haul around in a seemingly bottomless inventory bag capture my interest much more readily. Gosh, what I wouldn’t give for such a physics-defying tool as my everyday carry bag.
Digging a little deeper, I think it’s linked to the way that more stuff means more ways to customise and express oneself in-game. I don’t really want to be running around with the same rifle or same sword as everyone else, I want mine. The one I picked from the pile of many swords like it.
GRANT TAYLOR: These days, I’m a bit of a lone wolf when it comes to gaming. If you track back a few years, I’d have been leader of the pack, but as my adult years unravel, I prefer to go it alone. It’s a sticking point with games that are primarily multiplayer-focused, but it’s beautiful when it comes to story-based titles. I can shut myself away, immerse myself in the worlds of Assassin’s Creed, Fallout or Far Cry and while away the hours.
That being said, I *do* play multiplayer games – I love Battlefield and Call of Duty. I just play them… as a solo operator? I’ll be part of a squad (for spawn reasons) or fighting as a cog in an enormous machine, but I’m independent as much as possible.
LUCA D’ANGELO: I just want to have fun without wanting to throw my controller through the TV. I’m the kind of player who wants to enjoy a game – I like challenges if they can be overcome without hours of strategic planning or team building. Anything more than that is too much of a commitment for me.
JOHN SANTINA: 9 times out of 10, I’m the man on a mission. With my Steam pile of shame casting a foreboding shadow, I don’t have time to mess around – I identify which content is the “main” content and focus on getting through it as efficiently as possible. Very rarely do I stray from the beaten track and I tend to avoid even accepting side quests because having those unfinished quests in my logbook is distracting.
When it comes to multiplayer games, I’m similar to Grant Taylor in that I like to go it alone. I was never the leader of the pack, nor have I ever been a part of a clan in an online game, so going solo has been my approach throughout my gaming life. In Planetside 2, for example, I play an Infiltrator – a class which can temporarily go invisible and use their stealth to pick off enemies on the edges of the battleground and behind enemy lines. I don’t need a squad behind me barking orders and telling me what to do, I’ll create pandemonium near respawn points to stop enemy soldiers getting to the frontlines as my contribution.
I’m a loner, and I’m okay with that.
What is YOUR gaming persona? Let us know in the comments!