Quantic Foundry Gamer Motivation Profile

I first saw this a few weeks back on Nathan’s post on Gaming Omnivore and I immediately wanted to take the survey. The survey aims to pinpoint your individual motivations for playing video games.

The profile identifies six motivations, each further broken down into two components.

So I’ve taken the survey and responded to the questions developed by Angie at Backlog Crusader.

1. What were your results? Share the link, headline, and the two motivation model graphs you received. 

McKenna’s Gamer Motivation Profile

Calm, spontaneous, relaxed, independent, deeply immersed, and inquisitive.

2. How do you feel about your survey results?

This survey hit the nail on the head of my gaming motivations. I’m real big on story and immersion in games. I love feeling like I’m part of the world. I’ve read plenty of books where I’ve wanted to be a part of the world, and gaming satisfies that need for me. I think some of the percentages are a little low because of my hesitancy to answer 100% yes or 100% no on anything

3. Which category is the most accurate and least accurate?

Immersion, as stated above, is definitely the most accurate. I enjoy getting to be a character in another world, whether I’m playing a character meant to embody myself, or I’m playing someone completely different.

It was harder for me to pick out the least accurate one. The ones that initially jumped out to me were social and creativity, although I realized the profile is correct if we’re talking about primary motivations. These two things won’t make me pick up a game, especially if they’re the game’s only features. But they are really excellent secondary motivations for me. I have a whole blog series showing off my Animal Crossing town designs. And I love playing Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. with friends. The thing about competitive gaming is that a lot of the toxic online community deters me from it – I enjoy games like Splatoon where I can get away from that.

4. Are there any major exceptions to your typical gaming motivations?

If there are exceptions, it tends to be because a game also appeals to one of my stronger motivations. Celeste, for example, has a game with a strong focus on mastery, and the masocore style typically makes me shy away from a game, but it’s got such a strong story that ties into the style. Masocore games tend to be too frustrating for me, which takes away the enjoyment, but I hardly got frustrated while playing Celeste – rather, I felt how each failure led me closer to successful completion of a level.

5. Do any of these motivations carry over to your non-gaming life? If so, how?

Well I did graduate with an English degree, so the story motivation definitely carries over – I love a good narrative. I think creativity (although a little low on the profile) carries over as well. I like to think of myself as creative, if not very talented – I enjoy drawing, making music, baking, building things. I also think blogging itself is a heavily creative process. The low social motivation also carries over – I like hanging out with people, but I also like lots of “me time.”

6. Which games in your experience best satisfy your gaming motivations and how do they compare to the “suggested games” list from the questionnaire’s follow up page?

Definitely the games I write about a lot on here: Zelda, pokémon, Animal Crossing, The Last of Us, open world games.

I’m not familiar with some of these games, but I do love Night in the Woods and Undertale. Oxenfree has been recommended to me and it’s on my list to play, so I think it will be pretty accurate. I never got into Final Fantasy – I’m not super into turn-based games, with the exception of pokémon. I’ll have to check out some of the other games and see how I like them – maybe I’ll eventually have a follow up post.

2 thoughts on “Quantic Foundry Gamer Motivation Profile

  1. FFXV is pretty different from past turn-based FF games- it’s similar to how the remastered FFVII will be. It’s a really great game for “first timers” and as an intro to FF! I personally don’t care for playing past FF games- so I just read up on the story and watch others’ streams.


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