Here are 5 Ways to Tell a Gamer’s Personality by What They Play

Just like music, movies and sports, people have their own individual tastes, but have you ever wondered what a game collection says about someone’s personality?

Not that we want to dive into “video game astrology” or anything, but oftentimes, two people that like video games could enjoy two very different genres. In that case, it wouldn’t be surprising to find they are two very different people as well, with their own skillsets and opinions about video games. In this list, we break down 5 ways you can tell what someone’s personality is like simply by the type of games they like to play.

Competitive and calculating: Why FPS and RTS gamers are addicted to competition


Everybody’s jumped into a deathmatch. Still, it’s pretty obvious that some people do not mesh well with competitive shooters. Somewhere out there a 10-year-old is giving himself a premature aneurysm, and it isn’t necessarily because his underdeveloped emotional inventory can’t handle being fragged more than twice by his own teammate. No. Some people just do not mesh well with competition in gaming. They don’t like to lose – like anyone else – but they also hate to lose to another person. Goombas are one thing, but a person can dominate you if their skillset is simply better. And that person could rub it in your face all night.

On the other hand, if you know someone who is addicted to Overwatch, watches DOTA matches on Twitch, even goes to gaming tournaments, you can probably guess what type of person they are. It doesn’t just have to do with a competitive spirit. People that excel in these PVP-based video games are very persevering, almost obsessive. While they can be a huge asset to have on your team during some co-op fun, they can also be way too serious about their gaming, making them a bit constricting and overbearing.

The connoisseur: That guy that knows the best game you haven’t played yet


There was a part of me that was a bit embarrassed when I first played through Half Life 2. It was like all this time I thought I knew what I liked about video games, and then something came along and wholly redefined my personal taste by turning me on to something so seminal and influential, I felt like I was just way too late to the party. We all have that friend, or in my case a roommate, who knew all the best movies you never watched, all the best restaurants you never heard of, and all the best games you were totally oblivious about. But even once you think you know something, the connoisseur has the next best recommendation for you.

There’s no need to be annoyed or feel like your ignorance is being judged by this person. Some people just want to know all the best options out there, and they love to point you in the right direction and see how you like what they recommend. If you have a friend who is like this, you’ll probably know because of all the great games they told you to pick up on GOG, and that can be a really great thing.

Lover of obscurity: You thought it didn’t exist? Well, he’s already played it, and written a underwhelmed Steam review

I’m continually amazed at how vast some people are growing their Steam libraries. Every bizarre Norweigian platformer, freak-out indie hit, werewolf golf simulator, Belgian graphic novel – whatever inconceivable product that’s been briefly exposed to the public seems to land in one of these people’s purview. While you may think people like this are hipsters or just a little too weird, they’re actually one of the greatest aspects to the video game marketplace. Without them, everything about gaming would be conformed into some singular, vanilla franchises. Sure, you could argue that’s what the gaming market is like right now, but it’s hard argument to make considering all the fantastic indie titles out there on the market getting support from gamers who appreciate the more obscure side of video gaming.

Adrenaline Junkie: Yes, they like playing Amnesia with all the lights off

I never could understand why anyone would enjoy a game like Outlast. It’s not that I have a fear of heart attacks, it’s just that I don’t like the feeling of chronically experiencing one every time I sit at my computer. And I am of fan of Resident Evil, Alan Wake, The Last Door – plenty of moody, gripping titles are in my library, but we all know those adrenaline junkies. They like to live on the edge and these days they’re probably making a bit of money documenting it on YouTube! Adrenaline junkies aren’t just people that jump out of planes once a month, they can be gamers, too. Some games are simply adrenaline stimulants, and we all know that person that will sit inside the thrill of adrenaline for hours. How they do it without feeling totally washed out is beyond me.

Story smith: A completely made up word that totally describes RPG fiends

Something about playing through Inquisition reminded why video games can be so engrossing. The narrative value of a truly great RPG makes video games blow other entertainment mediums out of the water sometimes, you have to admit. Baldur’s Gate, Pillars of Eternity, the original Fallout franchise – you could use some of these video games to teach English students a thing or two about multiple narratives, character development, and nonlinear plot structure. RPGs are one of the most popular genres of video games. You probably know somebody that won’t shut up about the Witcher or firmly believes they could have rewritten the ending to Mass Effect 3. Whatever the case, it’s a good thing RPG junkies exist; they’ll be the ones to keep the demand high for good storylines, dialogue, and overall originality in video games.