Gamer Types

2/27/2020

For this first post, I wanted to lay out a few of the ideas and plans I have for the future of this blog. That being said, I am fully expecting that it will evolve over time. 

Over the past several years I have played many games and I have many thoughts about my experiences with them. I am hoping to mine from these experiences and share the stories, thoughts, and opinions created from them as well as share from my experiences as they happen going forward. 

Game reviews will be my primary contribution to this blog early on. I am still formulating ideas as to the format but I know that I want to make them as universally appealing and useful as possible. To achieve this I am planning to use “gamer type” categories to make recommendations as effectively as I can. After some research I have come up with 4 categories which are summarized below.

WARRIORS play to win and like competition. They thrive on confrontation and combat and are not afraid to make the first move. They respect aggression and will not back down from a fight.

PIONEERS like to explore, build, and create. They are interested mainly in their own success and will not go out of their way to interfere with others. They are strategic thinkers and averse to conflict.

ESCAPISTS like intricate themes and good looking games. They want to enter into the world of the game and feel like what they are doing impacts their character’s story.

FREE SPIRITS play games mainly as a social activity. They avoid complexity and welcome randomness. Win or lose – they just want to enjoy themselves as much as possible.

I plan to use these categories to make very general recommendations to each ‘gamer type’ for every game I review. i.e. Free Spirits should stay away, Pioneers should be wary, Warriors may like it, etc.

When I read a review, I rarely find them to be directly useful to me. This is partially unavoidable as a review is one person’s expressed opinion about something. But with background information, experiential thoughts, and – hopefully – this rating system, I am planning to create reviews that not only express my opinion but also be expressly helpful to those reading (otherwise why write a review). 

Thank you for taking the time to read this first post. Stay tuned for more content!

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