Delving into the expansive realm of video gaming, which transcends a multi-billion dollar market, one finds a variety of human character and ambition. Video games offer a myriad of escapades, from the adrenaline surges in “Call of Duty” to the cerebral challenges of “Portal,” from the enchanting explorations in “The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim” to the dynamic competitiveness in “FIFA” – every game mirrors a facet of the player’s personality.

Guide Strats embarked on a comprehensive analysis to decode the predilections of American gamers, drawing connections to their distinct psychological makeup. Surveying 3,000 gamers about their gaming genre preferences, Guide Strats crafted a psychological map correlating video game choices with a spectrum of personality attributes. The findings were revealed in an article published on MSN.

Intellectual Curiosity Dominates Across the States

A significant portion of respondents from 32 states stood out as ‘intellectually curious’ according to Guide Strats, inferred from their selection of games that stimulate thought, unravel complex narratives, or introduce novel ideas. These games often provoke deeper contemplation. Among such games are:

“The Witness,” a first-person puzzle game by Jonathan Blow, which not only presents complex puzzles but also weaves in philosophical undertones.
“Portal” & “Portal 2,” which are not merely physics-based puzzle games but also probe into profound themes of self and consciousness.
“Antichamber,” which subverts traditional puzzle game mechanics, encouraging players to venture beyond conventional thought patterns.
Adrenaline Seekers Spread Across Ten States

Residents from ten diverse states showed a penchant for adrenaline-fueled games, which are characterized by their fast-paced and heart-pounding nature. These games test the gamers’ reflexes and strategic thinking. Notable mentions include:

“F-Zero GX,” known for its blistering speed and rigorous race tracks.
“Apex Legends,” a battle royale game plunging players into swift and fierce combat sequences.
“Call of Duty: Warzone,” a battle royale with high-octane gunplay.
The Competitive Trio: Californians, Georgians, and Texans

The study pinpointed gamers from California, Georgia, and Texas as particularly competitive, favoring games that are competitive in essence, often including player-vs-player dynamics. Success in these games is a product of skill, strategic planning, and cooperation. Noteworthy titles include:

“League of Legends,” a titan in the MOBA genre with a prestigious competitive scene.
“Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO),” a tactical shooter deeply rooted in competitive gaming.
“Dota 2,” renowned for “The International,” its grand-scale esports event.
New York and North Dakota’s Socially-Inclined Gamers

Players from New York and North Dakota lean towards games that nurture social bonds, emphasizing cooperative play, and community engagement. These games become hubs for camaraderie and shared experiences. Prominent examples are:

“Among Us,” a game of social intrigue and deduction.
“VRChat,” a virtual reality space for players to socialize and explore together.
“Minecraft,” which, while solo-playable, thrives on its community servers and collaborative ventures.
The Zen Seekers of Alaska, South Dakota, and Wyoming

A trio of states, namely Alaska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, are drawn to games that offer tranquility and a break from the bustle. These games are soothing, offering a respite to rejuvenate the mind. Among such tranquil experiences are:

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” a charming game where players can create their own serene retreat.
“Stardew Valley,” a pastoral farming sim that allows for a peaceful rural life.
“Journey,” an evocative title that pairs stunning visuals with a soul-stirring score.
Candace Healy of encapsulates the sentiment well, remarking on the profound reflection of our inner selves in our gaming choices, highlighting the medium’s capacity to resonate, motivate, and unite players.

Guide Strats interactive map on America’s gaming DNA:

“It’s fascinating how our choice in games can be such a candid reflection of our personalities. There are so many games out there that have the power to resonate, inspire, and connect” says Candace Healy of