The Johari Window for WoW
In a recent post, Sven of Fail Pug! discussed the four basic types of WoW players, which got me thinking about the topic of play style. Like being “the bad guy,” it’s likely that few people really think they’re a bad player. They might recognize that others are better, but they have reasons and rationalizations for their play. Shy discusses some of these reasons in her post on rude heroic behavior, where she mentions television watching and its relationship to being kicked from her groups. Whether it be watching television, being alt-tabbed, frequent brbs/afks, or just plain inattention due to dps blindness, people always have reasons for being bad players and are often surprised and defensive when its suggested that they need to improve.
How we think of ourselves as players defines both how we play and how we feel about our play, and I propose that some introspection on the topic would benefit all of us. A useful tool would be the Johari Window. If you’re unfamiliar with this, it’s a basic psychological tool used to help people discuss how they see themselves and how others see them. Essentially, a person chooses five or six adjectives from a list that they feel describe him. His friends do the same. The results are plotted on a simple grid, shown below.
This allows people to see how they perceive themselves versus how others perceive them. I wonder what the list of adjectives for WoW players would look like, perhaps something like what follows:
I think our perception of how we play the game matters, and if we make an effort to slightly change the perceptions, it can directly improve our feelings about our play.
As an example, I was leveling with a friend who was – unfocused – to put it lightly. At first, it irritated me greatly; we’d be doing a quest circuit and the player would ask, “What quest are we doing?” only to find out he didn’t have the quest we just completed (or several of them). I was trying to level efficiently, as fast as possible, as is frequently the play style of a part-core gamer. However, I made an effort to change my perceptions about leveling from “efficient” to “fun,” and it greatly improved the time I spent leveling with this fellow. While I may not have gotten to 85 as quickly (I still haven’t, I might add, on this toon), it did let me enjoy the time more.
The point is, dear reader, that being aware of our perceptions helps us in innumerable ways. Try it yourself. If you were to choose five or six of these adjectives to describe you, what would you pick? Do you think they’d be the same that others would pick for you? Try it with a WoW friend and see the results; I’m sure you’ll be surprised, or, if not, at least you can have a laugh.
Stubborn (not an adjective you can choose from above)
Edit: As my blogroll grew longer, apparently it overtook some list formatting I had done in the past. I simply fixed this one error.