How Your Personality Affects What You Play

How Your Personality Affects What You Play

How does who we are affect what we play? Is there some underlying connection between our personalities and our gaming preferences? Today on Psych of Play, we’re gonna dive into exactly that.

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▶Games Shown

Hollow Knight (2017) – Team Cherry
Hades (2020) – Supergiant Games
Control (2019) – Remedy Entertainment
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (2020) – Omega Force
Bloodborne (2015) – FromSoftware
Genshin Impact (2020) – miHoYo
Terraria (2011) – Re-Logic, Pipeworks Studio, 505 Mobile S.r.l, Codeglue, Engine Software
Journey (2012) – That Game Company
Hades (2020) – Supergiant Games
Valheim (2021) – Iron Gate AB
XCOM 2 (2016) – Firaxis Games, Feral Interactive
Haven (2021) – The Game Bakers
Horizon Forbidden West (2021) – Guerrilla Games
HUE (2016) – Fiddlesticks Games
Axiom Verge (2015) – Thomas Happ Games LLC
Far Cry 5 (2018) – Ubisoft
Final Fantasy Tactics (1997) – Square
A Hat in Time (2017) – Gears for Breakfast
Advance Wars (2001) – Intelligent Systems
Among Us (2018) – InnerSloth LLC
Apex Legends (2019) – Respawn Entertainment
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (2019) – Koei Tecmo
Banjo-Kazooie (1998) – Rare, 4J Studios
Civilization VI (2016) – Firaxis Games
Devil’s Third (2015) – Valhalla Game Studios International Ltd.
DOOM Eternal (2020) – Bethesda
Ghost of Tsushima (2020) – Sucker Punch Productions
Dead Cells (2017) – Motion Twin
Super Mario Odyssey (2017) – Nintendo
Persona 5: Royal (2019) – Atlus, P Studio
Celeste (2018) – Matt Makes Games
Tetris 99 (2019) – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011) – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) – Nintendo
Minecraft (2009) – Mojang
Dark Souls 3 (2016) – FromSoftware
Uncharted 2 (2007) – Naughty Dog
Guilty Gear Strive (2021) – Arc System Works
Super Smash Bros: Melee (2001) – HAL Laboratory
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) – Nintendo
Dandara (2018) – Long Hat House
Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door (2004) – Intelligent Systems, Nintendo
Cuphead (2017) – Studio MDHR
Zelda: Wind Waker (2002) – Nintendo
Street Fighter Alpha (1995) – Capcom
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (2021) – Nintendo
Project Triangle Strategy (2021) – Square Enix
Portal 2 (2011) – Valve Corporation
Hyper Light Drifter (2016) – Heart Machine
Nebuchadnezzar (2021) – Nepos Games
NieR RepliCant (2021) – PlatinumGames
Dead Cells (2017) – Motion Twin
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019) – Intelligent Systems
Mario Maker 2 (2019) – Nintendo
Undertale (2015) – Toby Fox
Overwatch (2015) – Blizzard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017) – Capcom
Darkest Dungeon (2016) – Red Hook Studios
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017) – MonolithSoft
Xenoblade Chronicles (2010) – MonolithSoft
YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG (2019) – Ackk Studios
Astral Chain (2019) – Platinum Games
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020) – Nintendo
Persona 5 (2016) – Atlus, P Studio
Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021) – Nintendo
Mirror’s Edge (2009) – DICE, EA Mobile, Borne Games, IronMonkey Studios
Gris (2018) – Nomada Studio
Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020) – Square Enix

▶Clips/Movies/Anime/TV Shown

Kaguya Sama – Love is War
Dragonball Z
Tom and Jerry

Other clips and considerations:

▶Music Sources:

Cyter – Space Dream ( )
Light Plane (Pilotwings) [New Remix] – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate OST
Fight! – Paper Mario: Color Splash OST
System96 – Autonomy (ft. Lucy In Disguise) ( )
Corridors of time/ 時の回廊 – Chrono Trigger / クロノトリガー Acoustic cover ( )
Lounge Ambient [Ambient Music] by MOKKA ( )
Kiba Sen – My Hero Academia Season 2 OST
Neon Galaxy – Portal ( )
Birdman – Pilotwings 64 OST
Sørcery – Vinyl Sunset ( )
The Seeker – Tenno ( )
Shadow Pokemon Lab – Pokemon Colosseum OST

▶Research Articles Cited

#PsychofPlay #Personality


  1. Candle Ö. on October 16, 2022 at 5:43 am

    I pretty much fall in all of them. Not power though. I rather like to be the weakest character that needs to build tactics. While I also like getting that 5 star police chasing me down to blast em all, complicated.
    Also I like playing with characteristics and be abled to interact. I like how I can… decide. No need for complete awareness, I like that some things are just far away from my touch… unless there is a way to… cuz then Imma find it.

  2. Kevin Fuenzalida Pugin on October 16, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Ah yes, leage of legends on a controller

  3. TheAnimator on October 16, 2022 at 5:45 am

    bold of you to assume that people who play these games have personalities

  4. Drebin2293 on October 16, 2022 at 5:45 am

    So, I like long RPGs like final fantasy (especially 4 and 6) and along with action games like Doom. I play strategy games like Homeworld and Dawn of War. But I also play games like Stellaris and Timberborn. I’m just that wierdo that is a little of everything and a whole lot of nothing I guess. Thanks for the pep talk!

  5. undead 64 on October 16, 2022 at 5:46 am

    8:00 that’s the stupidest thing i have seen LMAO
    1-How u have design far from community, you know why ppl make art ? it’s to fkn share it.
    2-why competition is closer to power and destruction than challenge, that’s the whole thing about competition; it’s to have a fair challenge, and u know how to win in a fair challenge ? by having a better strategy (most of the time).
    3-discovery closer to strategy than fantasy and completion.
    Again ppl trying to make art and feelings abide by some words, or put categories to it.
    example me i like all the above the more of em the more fun i have of any of those, but i have a category mine is Do i have time for (enter game) this week.

  6. Jiminkook on October 16, 2022 at 5:46 am

    This video is the perfect example of combining tik tok/pop psychology and superficial interpretation of various psychological concepts made to fit a particular narrative, that puts on a façade of being genuine while in actuality is a bunch of misinformation packed into a 19 minute video that’s solely made to grab attention and nothing else, I hope people don’t take this video seriously, the world is more complicated that what this guy suggests it to be.

  7. Daryl Talks Games on October 16, 2022 at 5:47 am

    So, been reading some comments and wanted to note a few things.

    1) Please pardon the dude playing league with a controller. I’ve never played LoL, but apparently this is a damnable sin. It’s stock footage, so, you know 😅

    2) You’re welcome for the DVD part, it’s the least I can do for how kind you’ve all been to me since I started doing YouTube ❤️

    3) Thank you for being the exception to the rules, like I said, personality is not so black and white

    4) Follow ya boy on Twitter –

    5) Thank you so much for stopping by, this video seems to be doing exceptionally well and that’s because you of you 🙏🏼

  8. Nathan Ibarra on October 16, 2022 at 5:48 am

    I play everything though

  9. Culpy on October 16, 2022 at 5:49 am

    bro debunked scientology within the first 2 minutes

  10. Chickenoodle on October 16, 2022 at 5:50 am

    My personality is masochist/crack head, which is why I’ve only ever played dark souls and simulators

  11. ff on October 16, 2022 at 5:51 am

    did you intentionally make sure the dvd symbol hit the corner?

  12. skullduggerry on October 16, 2022 at 5:51 am

    I play Minecraft and Doom Eternal

  13. sejemandhaha on October 16, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Just took the test, and it’s completely off.

  14. Owen Balfe on October 16, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Someone was playing league of legends with a controller. This video is fake

  15. SmellyCat Gaming on October 16, 2022 at 5:54 am

    I am an introvert & I find I play mostly online competition shooters 99% of the time. What is wrong with me?

  16. SpritezUp on October 16, 2022 at 5:54 am

    3:06 thank me later

  17. Aikano9 on October 16, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Destruction, chaos, excitement, power. I play mostly FPS games that are fast pace or on tiny maps. Essentially I play Instant gratification games.

    Very low extroversion

  18. sbz3er0 on October 16, 2022 at 5:57 am

    3:08 it hit the corner

  19. fvb7 on October 16, 2022 at 6:01 am

    98% extroverted 82% conscientious.

    Hate all but like 3 fighting games despite being in the scene oddly frequently. MMOs, JRpgs, and Survivals ftw!

  20. Vít Bojanovský on October 16, 2022 at 6:01 am


  21. Gabriel on October 16, 2022 at 6:02 am

    This is exactly why I play johnny

  22. Bobosmodernlife on October 16, 2022 at 6:05 am

    I mostly play Metroidvanias and RPGs. But I’ll dabble in all kinds of games just to try something different.

  23. Hallo Ciao on October 16, 2022 at 6:05 am

    aplies in my opinion also on the date/girls game

  24. Europe on October 16, 2022 at 6:06 am

    another fact: if you play any sort of computer games, you are most likely a degenerate

  25. fraizie on October 16, 2022 at 6:07 am

    I like all genres, it just really depends on the game. Same for music. There’s no particular genre I love or dislike. It depends on the song / game.

  26. Oliver-Nation on October 16, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Competition and Challenge should be right beside each other.

  27. space cthulhu on October 16, 2022 at 6:07 am

    I find it hard to say what genre I like cuz I play a lot of different stuff but specific like I like tf2 and doom but dislike csgo and quake I like factorio but only like terarria with friends I love teardown I think I mainly just like messing around and figure out how to do stuf but not puzzle games so I decide what I want do and then figure some stuf out how to do that thing

  28. Roach on October 16, 2022 at 6:08 am

    My financial situation affected what I play, I never had a good pc as a child so eventhough I’m not that old I don’t play AAA games I prefer old crpgs or small indie games.

  29. undead 64 on October 16, 2022 at 6:10 am


  30. Barðson on October 16, 2022 at 6:14 am

    I personally play a variety of games.
    The absolute biggest aspect for me in gaming is the ability to socialize.
    So naturally the majority of games that I play consists of online games.

    I bet I could write an entire essay about what games I like, why I like them and how they correlate to my personality.

  31. Dused on October 16, 2022 at 6:15 am

    9:46 Person is clearly a psychopath playing league with a controller

  32. Prodigy Gaming on October 16, 2022 at 6:16 am

    3:07 YES!

  33. piddomon gaming on October 16, 2022 at 6:16 am

    How come he didnt talk about shooting games

  34. Henry Hargraves on October 16, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Personality is also different from affect ( which is the emotional state of a person based on physical/ environmental causes). This can change throughout the day which may also influence what game you want to play. But yes this video isn’t about affect. I like Minecraft yet I’m not really open to new experiences, that must be why I always play a certain way?

  35. Ghoulish Goober on October 16, 2022 at 6:17 am

    I dwell within my own head, and because of that am aloof and eccentric. I am not only a fanatic of any kind of cosmic horror literature, but any game with themes of cosmic horror as well. My way of playing typically involves a high amount of destruction while still developing a character in a faraway land that isn’t mine, lots of exploration, experimentation, and "what if?" moments. I love taking down horrifying creatures, sometimes with other people.

  36. Jonathan Gordon on October 16, 2022 at 6:18 am

    3:07. You’re welcome.

  37. Shattergrave Knight on October 16, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Your word earned you my sub. Thanks for the hard work!

  38. anxanxiety on October 16, 2022 at 6:22 am

    No one:
    Me: *plays as the female characters*

  39. Skxii 666 on October 16, 2022 at 6:23 am

    my top two are Design and Destruction. Cant deny my favourite is GTA V ONLINE.

  40. Taelonar on October 16, 2022 at 6:24 am

    SO boring!

  41. Wasserbienchen on October 16, 2022 at 6:26 am

    I am a highly introverted, highly uncompetitive person.
    And yet the one game I play consistently is Dota 2.

    I don’t even know why. I’m terrible at it. I don’t play with others. But whenever I do play it, I enjoy it.
    I stopped playing most other games, but I keep going back to Dota 2.

  42. TultraP Fighter on October 16, 2022 at 6:26 am

    3:06 best part

  43. Kitty Kitties on October 16, 2022 at 6:28 am

    14:37 What anime is this?

  44. BigBossIsBack on October 16, 2022 at 6:28 am

    Study proves that most gamers are losers. Weather at 11

  45. Éric Morneau on October 16, 2022 at 6:31 am

    I love Excitement, Competition, community, Challenge, Strategy, power, fantasy, story, design and discovery, do I have multiple personality disorder?

  46. Connie on October 16, 2022 at 6:31 am

    That scared me when I was listening to this and heard you say my name.

  47. ASMR Zarr on October 16, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Thank you for letting the dvd hit the corner

  48. Kekistani Help Desk on October 16, 2022 at 6:34 am

    All animals play games. A game is a simulation for real-life e.g play fighting. We have just simulated the simulation.

  49. Andcav on October 16, 2022 at 6:35 am

    Thanks for letting the dvd screensaver hit the corner

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