In my current spheres, one of the most common topics of conversation is personality type. Myers-Briggs tops the list (I’m an ISTJ), followed by Enneagram, Learning Styles, and other various systems. These are all interesting and helpful in my understanding of myself, others, and our relationships. After so many of these conversations, I started to think about other ways I might describe my personality. I love video games, and I realized that my personality plays itself out in my gaming too. So I picked a few game genres that I enjoy and briefly described myself under each type.
The Elf (Role Playing)
Elves are commonly the most wise and observant race in a video game world. They are in tune with the natural world around them, where they find plenteous resources and allies. They rely on stealth, precision, and supernatural magic to overcome their enemies and accomplish their tasks.
When given the option, I always choose to be an elf. I’ve been told than I’m an “old soul,” wiser than my years. Perhaps because I am constantly observing the world around me, noticing things that others don’t (though my hearing seems to be going a bit…). And while I’m a city guy, I enjoy nature – views, sounds, hunting, etc. – more than most. I prefer the more natural and less intrusive canoeing over speedboats and jetskis any day.
The Sniper (First Person Shooter)
Similar to elves, snipers are stealthy, precise killers. They are chiefly patient, taking time to set up a good nest and waiting for the perfect shots. When the objective is achieved or the nest is compromised, the sniper relocates to a new, strategic position.
This is exactly how I hunt in real life too. I set up shop in a good spot, and I sit quietly still for hours and hours without complaint, scanning for any activity. In my day to day life, I strive for excellence and efficiency in whatever I do. This shows up most when I plan and run events as InterVarsity staff (which is on average several per week). While I don’t always enjoy change, I am generally good at responding and rolling with the change to accomplish the task.
The Good Guy…Sort Of… (Action-Adventure)
In the game, I always try to play the morally upright character. I help people out and I generally follow the rules (even when everything about the game encourages otherwise). I do the same thing in real life. I’m a straight-laced rules-follower, even when everything around me encourages otherwise. On my best days, I serve and protect my family, friends, students, and neighbors. (On my worst days, I cynically judge others for not following rules but getting away with it.)
In most games, you have to choose a name for yourself. My universal game name is Crimson Moon. I originally thought of this name after reading about Black Sun and the Royal Guard in Star Wars, and the name stuck. Take it for what you will.
That’s my video game personality! So for you gamers out there, what is your “gaming personality”? And for everyone else, what are some other day-to-day ways that your personality manifests itself?