You know Richard Bartle's four player types - like Achiever, Explorer, Killer, and Socializer?
Well, I just found out about a new player model being tested right now, from Chris Bateman, author of 21st Century Game Design.
It's better, because it has seven player types instead of four! :p
But seriously, I like it. I think it has the right amount of detail to be descriptive, while also being simple enough to easily grasp and use. And it's supposed to be based on neurobiology, more or less.
Thus, it is called BrainHex. Yay! :D
What's it good for? One useful benefit is, if you're making a game with a team of other people, you can more easily anticipate arguments about the design if you know the type of each team member. You can predict what biases each person will have, and what sort of design decisions they'll be more inclined to support.
Even if you're working on your own, it can help you understand what sort of games you'll be better at designing. What sort of fun do you get out of games? That's probably the kind of fun you'll know how to make.
Plus it's fun to find out what type you are, in a silly kind of astrology way. You know.
You can take this really quick survey to find out your player type.
I'm a Seeker. A Seeker-Socialiser, to be precise. :)
"You like finding strange and wonderful things or finding familiar things as well as hanging around with people you trust and helping people."
That means I'm a cat and a dolphin. :)
That there's an iconic representation of my hippocampus and hypothalamus. Apparently my favorite parts of my brain. :) Endomorphin and oxytocin for the win! :D
I always knew I was the Explorer type. But I'm also very introverted, so until I took this test, I never seriously suspected that I could also be a Socializer. But I am. I derive great pleasure from cultivating connections and collaborating with talented awesome cool people. And realizing this is an eye-opener for me. I feel liberated at last! :D
When I first posted about this on the Mochi forum, I found that a lot of developers there are either Conquerors or Masterminds, or both. I wonder why that is.
What are you?
Find out and let us know! :D