Thursday, 19 May 2016

Game Developer Personality Tests

This week I’m talking about the famous Myers Briggs personality test. For those who don’t know it’s a test designed to help understand the actions of those around you and states that random variations in people's behaviour is actually quite consistent with their personality type of which there are 16. Game designers use the Myers Briggs test a lot when designing characters to ensure personalities and actions are not all over the place.
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Jo-Anne Chidley from Beauty Kitchen lead an event where she perfectly demonstrated the power of the test by first getting each audience member to complete the test, then assigning everyone into seemingly random groups then had us perform different tasks in those groups. My groups task was simply to describe what love is. We worked together and decided to act out the actions of trust, happiness, forgiveness, and caring all together on the stage. Another group with the same task chose a spokesperson who stood up, listed three characteristics of love then sat down again. Jo-Anne then revealed in the next slide of her presentation that I was in a group of people with the INTUITIVE personality trait. The slide revealed that people with this trait tend to be more visually focused, share experiences and have a higher focus on novelty. The other group had the OBSERVANT trait so they were more likely to focus more on hard cold facts. She did this for each group and each reveal was like a Derren Brown mind f**k experience.

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My full personality type is The Mediator (INFP-T) according to 16personalities.com. That’s a lot of depth I could cover but I’ll sum up what my takeaway is in a sentence. I’m a naturally reserved, creative, sensitive and laid back kind of girl. It’s important that not all INFP-T’s would view themselves in this way and not all types are perfect indicators of somebody’s personality.

Still I thought it would be good to know the personalities of everyone at Late Panda to improve communication, productivity and all that other businessy stuff. We had everyone complete the test and here’s the results.
Turns out after some quick analysis Late Panda is made up of a bunch of free spirited, passionate, creative, community loving and self improving individuals who at times can be shy or misunderstood.

You can do the test yourself if you’d like and learn a little bit more about yourself and why you do the things the way you do them.

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Hope you enjoyed that,
Ellie xx
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.” - Babe Ruth