Have you ever wondered where your taste in video games comes from? I believe that personality is one of the most crucial factors influencing one’s taste in media. There are three types of personalities; introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts. Each person within these groups plays games for different reasons. Hopefully, you will have a better understanding why you play games after reading this.
Basically, introverts are people who expend considerable energy when in social situations and need time alone to recover. It as if they are putting on a performance. They must gauge and read others in the room. The introvert enjoys solitude. As the name may imply, introverts are introspective and very self-aware. An introvert is independent and creative. Introverts do not need or want constant stimulation. Too much going on can overwhelm the senses. Almost all introverts behave in this manner. I'm very introverted myself and can confirm this.
Due to their need for solitude, introverts are naturally drawn to the video game medium. Introverted gamers are looking for games that give them the solitude they desire. Single player games have the most appeal to introverts. Games that have expansive, immersive worlds in which the player can lose themselves. Huge open world RPGs such as Elder Scrolls games like Morrowind and Skyrim, The Witcher 3, and Final Fantasy XV deliver great gaming experiences for introverts. The worlds featured in these games aren’t just big but also provide hours upon hours of great content.
Story heavy games with strong characters usually catch the attention of introverts. They want more from a game than just getting from point A to point B or beating the other team in an online FPS. Persona 3, 4, 5 as well as many other games in the Shin Megami Tensei series are great draws for introverts. These games demand personal investment from the player. The colorful cast of characters within the Persona series as well as its dark, introspective themes will certainly be appealing. The recently released Nier: Automata also has appeal in this way, with its exploration of existentialism and philosophy.
Introverts are seeking adventure and immersion to escape for a little while. It provides them the solitude they need to recover their lost energy so they can get out and socialize again.
Extroverts are the polar opposite of introverts. The extrovert needs to constantly socialize. It re-energizes them. They like being the center of attention and seek excitement and stimulation. Extroverts look to make as many friends as possible so they never feel lonely.
For Extroverts, video games are an extension of socializing with friends. They are seeking games that can deliver an enjoyable social experience. Online multiplayer games are very popular with the extroverted gaming crowd. It allows them to play with many friends even when they aren’t near each other. Games such as Call of Duty, Overwatch, Battlefield, Paladins, Halo, and the recent Tom Clancy games. In other words, games with a large player base. They are drawn to social media integration consoles have pushed for, allowing players to interact with each other and share experiences. Almost all modern games have embraced this, even single player games such as Dark Souls.
Extroverts love it when a game makes them feel competent. An extrovert wants to compare themselves with other players. Competitiveness is common among extroverts. Arcade and fighting franchises such as Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., and Skull Girls would most likely be popular with the competitive extroverted crowd. These games also have active online communities.
Based on my observations, extroverts are seeking action-oriented games that provide considerable stimulation and excitement as well as games that provide a medium for social interactions.
Ambiverts are a category of people often forgotten about. They display characteristics of both introverts and extroverts. An ambivert can party hard but also enjoy being alone. When applied to games, this means they like to play games that appeal to both types of people. Sometimes you want to go on a grand adventure and forget about this world, and other times you want to compete against other players and test your competency. Wherever your mood takes you. It is rare to find someone with such qualities. As an extreme introvert, I'm kind of jealous.
Do you prefer solitude or feeling connected to others? We play games for a variety of reasons. Whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, there is a game that fits your personality. So I leave you with this question: