The Faces of Domination — An Essay on Bartle’s Killer Player Type

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Alexander the Great at the Battle of the Granicus against the Persians, by Cornelis Troost (1737) [from USEUM]

“No, it’s okay. You go and enjoy yourself. I’ll just sit here by myself, waiting for someone to come along. I’ll think of something to do…”

Helping other players or taking a leadership position are also forms of imposition. Both actions (help and lead) are forms of manipulating other players to act according to the will of the Killer. In this sense, the Killer type is not limited to wreaking chaos — they can be the ones to bring order too. This fact alone reinforces the challenge it is to fit this type in a single-player game.

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  • Explorers — Scientists (E) and Hackers (I)
  • Socializers — Networkers (E) and Friends (I)
  • Killers — Politician (E) and Griefers (I)
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Player types are separated into Explicit and Implicit behavior.
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I'm a Brazilian teacher currently working at Saxion University (Enschede, NL) for CMGT. I write every day for education, programming, and as a hobby. [@yvensre]

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