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

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

The Bartle’s Player Types is a well-known theory to categorize players according to their motivations to play games, particularly multiplayer games. The theory divides players into 4 specific types: Achievers — which look for in-game defined goals; Explorers — who delight in exploring the inner workings of the game; Socializers — which use the game as a tool to socialize with…