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MTBI and Wow

Posted by penuruloki on September 30, 2009

Pink Pig Tail Inn recently posted regarding a survey of the MBTI of wow players that I found fairly interesting. Certain types clearly dominated the population, and you could clearly see why they would be fond of the game. As the noted at PPTI, “Alexander the Great (ENTJ) raided Persia; Napoleon Bonaparte (ENTJ) raided Russia; INTJs raid Ulduar.”

What mystified them was the strong showing of INFP. They reasoned that they were essentially drawn in to be with people that they already have a relationship with, and that maintaining that relationship matters more to them than the game itself. I don’t think that’s completely fair. The IN_P portion alone would support interest in the game (of the “IN”s, only INFJ had a low result). Still, it’s an interesting question as to why anyone plays, and this one hits closer to home.

Most tests that I’ve taken (admittedly not professionally administered) rate me as INFP. One example:

INFP – “Questor”. High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.

Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

I use that example because it helpfully provides a more detailed breakdown:
Introverted (I) 73.53% Extroverted (E) 26.47%
Intuitive (N) 70% Sensing (S) 30%
Feeling (F) 51.35% Thinking (T) 48.65%
Perceiving (P) 58.33% Judging (J) 41.67%

So the ‘F’ isn’t a particularly strong result, but it does dovetail well with my recent experiences with the game. We’ll come back to MTBI, but we need to cover game news first.

I didn’t get to game much while my parents were in town, and during that time they released a patch that changed the emblem system. The details aren’t important, but the general result is that it became very easy for people geared soley from the easier raids to improve their gear up to where the more advanced raiders were at (they in turn advance a level in gearing in the new content, so they maintain their edge). Having gotten back in the past few weeks, I find myself behind the curve in gear. Before the patch, I was one of the well geared people who did runs they didn’t need to help others get gear. Now I’m one of the people that needs the runs to get the gear.

Therein lies the problem. Getting those runs is like pulling teeth. No one wants to go. I keep getting my arm twisted about going along on the hardest runs we do by people who can only get upgrades in that content, yet few will go through the old easy stuff to help me catch up. I’m left feeling a little used by those who I helped before, because most of them have not reciprocated.

An associated issue is the differing play schedules. It’s a west coast server, and many live out there. Some people are only on sporadically, or have disappeared from the game altogether. So the few friends I can count on to log in regularly at all log in at their usual times, run whatever is scheduled (usually a progression raid that everyone else wants to do) and then either they or I have to log off for the night. I’m not really getting to run with any friends at all unless I just show up for the runs they want to do. That doesn’t help the situation.

But all that comes back to the MTBI discussion above. That ‘F’ result is weak because I do tend to analyze quite a bit, but the game situation reveals why it’s a ‘F’ to begin with. I didn’t start playing the game to play with strangers, I joined to play with friends. It’s not the gear that’s the issue here. The only gear concerns I’ve ever had relate to having sufficient stats to bring success wherever I happen to be (mostly because wiping over and over is frustrating and painful). I don’t even care if it’s hard or easy content. As long as I have to gear to run it and I’m with decent people I’m happy (finding decent people is much harder than getting gear). But I’m not doing that anymore. I have to listen to people I can’t stand try and stir up interest in runs I’m not ready for or interested in. I’ve been frustrated for the last month now because the game isn’t fulfilling my ‘F’ needs any more. Frankly, I’ve been feeling neglected.

So the problem is that my friends aren’t on to play with me, right? Actually, I’ve reached a different conclusion. The problem lies with me. The lack of a better outlet has found me once again using WoW as a crutch. The people who only log in for a few hours every night and do what they want are the ones doing it right. I’ve been working a lot harder at being flexible enough to get what I want (runs with friends) and spending too many hours making myself available just to get there. Where I need to be is the point where I can also log on for just a few hours, run only what I want, with only people I like.

Getting there has been more effort, which isn’t what I intended, but I’ve definitely scaled back on my commitments in the game and I’ve toned down my friendly helpful impression a bit. The bigger issue is finding something to devote myself to outside the game to soak up my attention. Ultimately, this will hopefully be a new job. In the mean time, blogging again will be a good start. =)

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