Richard Bartle is a British writer and game researcher known for his work in the massively multiplayer online game sector and for co creating MUD1 and 2 which are virtual worlds. He’s done a a lot a research into gamer psychology and came up with the ‘Four Bartle Types’ which are as followed:
- Killers – They like the competition of killing and defeating other players.
- Achievers – Prefer to gain points, levels and equipment.
- Explorers – They like to explore the maps and find all the secrets, a player who enjoys finding glitches and hidden Easter eggs.
- Socializers – They prefer to socialize with other players during play.
These player types are what define gamers in a MMO game and most players will lean more towards one section then the others. This is shown in the online Bartle test I did as it shows I lean more towards the killer type of player then the others but also scored a high percentage in the achiever section..
But the original four player types is more well known.