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My Gaming Style

This is day 20 of Blaugust.

For today’s post, I was inspired by Missy, who posted about a survey for a gaming style profile. The survey has been floating around other blogs, but this is the one that made me click through to the survey itself.

There were 5 pages of questions but it didn’t take too long. The results were close to what I expected, though in a few cases I don’t really understand how they were calculated. The scores are percentiles.

I am Action-Oriented, Analytical, Completionist, Independent and Deeply Immersed.

My gaming style

While most of these percentiles seem about right, a couple are unexpected. Let’s start with Action.


That this is high doesn’t surprise me, though I’m a little surprised to see it as my highest score overall. I do like fast-paced, exciting games like action-adventures, platformers and the occasional FPS (though I also really like turn based games). I find this metric a little suspect since as far as I can remember from the questions, there was really only one that would have been scored against the Destruction category. I do like to blow shit up in games, but I find it a bit hard to believe that I like blowing things up more than 90% of other gamers that have taken the survey.


Apparently I hate challenge but I like strategy and complexity. It’s true that difficulty is not something I look for in games. I play on normal mode. The only game that I can think of that has really made me want to try a higher difficulty is XCOM, so I guess challenge isn’t my thing. I find it a bit strange there’s such a big discrepancy between two subjects in the same category.

AchievementWell, if I thought the last category had a big discrepancy… This is the result that’s the most surprising to me. I love achievements and I’m a huge completionist, but I’m not so into character power. I don’t care too much about gear in games (now that I don’t play WoW), but I think I’m more achievement-driven than 36% of gamers.


I’m not a social animal, no surprise here. With the exception of HotS right now, I will always opt for single player games. I’ve sworn off MMOs forever and I will rarely even check out the online modes of games I get for the campaign. I do like beating people when I do play against them though.


I thought this one would be my highest and it’s close. I love a good story and being able to immerse myself in a new world. I love exploring and ultimately see video games as the ultimate escapism.


About average on creativity, that seems about right. I like discovery and though I like customizing my character I’m not super into things like customizing/decorating locations.

This survey was a fun little distraction. If you want to take it yourself, you can find it here: https://apps.quanticfoundry.com/lab/10 

Gaming Questionnaire – My Answers

I guess I should fill out my own questionnaire, here are my answers.

  1. When did you start playing video games?
    I started playing games as soon as I could sit up at the computer, when I was 3 years old. I’ve been playing ever since.
  2. What is the first game you remember playing?
    I’m using a very loose interpretation of the word ‘remember’ here, as I actually asked my mom what the first game I ever played was. We weren’t 100% sure of the name, but we think it was Cross Country USA, a game about trucking on MS-DOS. My first console game was Super Mario Brothers, but that was a few years later.
  3. PC or Console?
  4. XBox, PlayStation, or Wii?
    XBox. Though for the newest generation I’ve played a lot more games on the PS4. Come on XB1, release some games I’m interested in.
  5. What’s the best game you’ve ever played?
    Planescape: Torment. It’s an amazingly immersive and well-written RPG based on AD&D rules. The story and characters are all amazing, and it’s backed up by very solid gameplay.
  6. What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?
    WWII Combat: Iwo Jima. Part of the problem came from the fact that this game was the definition of a generic, low budget, military shooter. And part of the problem was that testing it was my job. I’ve done QA on a number of mediocre games, but this was a special experience. While QA was expected to test this game for 8 hours a day, the developers were doing something else I guess, and we were only getting a new build every week or two. This made for the most tedious gaming experience I’ve ever had.
  7. Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn’t like.
    To the Moon. It had a really good, inventive concept, but I found the main characters endlessly irritating. They completely ruined what would have been a very sweet and poignant story, and I spent the last half of the game clicking through their dialogue as fast as I could, waiting for the game to end.
  8. Name a game that was poorly received that you really like.
    Remember Me currently has a metacritic score of 6.5 from critics. This is bullshit. Remember Me is a really fun action platformer with an interesting story and a lot of great female characters.
  9. What are your favourite game genres?
    RPG and action-adventure.  I also really like clever puzzle games.
  10. Who is your favourite game protagonist?
    Jade from Beyond Good & Evil. Jade has strength, smarts, and sass. She wields her camera to expose truths as expertly as she wields her jō (staff) to kick ass.
  11. Describe your perfect video game.
    I’d combine the story, writing, and character depth of The Last of Us, with the gameplay of Tomb Raider. It would take place in space, or on some distant, unexplored, gorgeous planet.
  12. What video game character do have you have a crush on?
    Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins.
  13. What game has the best music?
    Final Fantasy VII. It’s good on its own, but I especially like it when it’s remixed or recreated.
  14. Most memorable moment in a game:
    The beginning of Under a Killing Moon. The first time I saw it, it just looked 100x cooler than anything I had seen before. The music and sound were great – it had James Earl Jones reading Poe quotes! FMV is often looked down upon, but in Under a Killing Moon it showed me a whole new idea of what games could be.
  15. Scariest moment in a game:
    The radio in Silent Hill. It was so unnerving that it made me turn the game off and never turn it on again.
  16. Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:
    Saying goodbye to Garrus before you head toward the final showdown in the Citadel in Mass Effect 3. All the goodbyes at the end of the game were hard, but this one was the worst.
  17. What are your favourite websites/blogs about games?
    I really like Polygon for gaming news. It goes beyond the normal review and previews and often looks at gaming from different points of view. Also, I really like The Astronauts blog. It’s written by game developers and often has really fascinating insight on game design and good articles like The 7 Deadly Sins of Adventure Games or How Gamers are the Ultimate Trolls.
  18. What is the last game you finished?
    Broken Age.
  19. What future releases are you most excited about?
    I’m really looking forward to Dragon Age: Inquisition this fall. Also, a little further out, Rise of The Tomb Raider, since the previous game is my game of the year so far. I’m also looking forward to Life is Strange, by the studio that made Remember Me. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Inside, Torment: Tides of Numenera. Lots of games!
  20. Do you identify as a gamer?
    Yes. I’ve been playing video games for most of my life. It’s something I spend a lot of time on – not just playing but also reading about, writing about. I know the term ‘gamer’ is starting to become a dirty word in a lot of circles, but I don’t let the loudest and most awful parts of the community detract from how I identify myself.
  21. Why do you play video games?
    For entertainment mostly, though games can entertain in a way unlike books or movies. I love really being able to put myself in a game, feeling what a character is feeling, and having decisions be difficult. I love the sense of adrenaline they can give when you face a particularly challenging or stressful scenario. And I like that games are ultimately something I like to enjoy on my own while playing, but there’s never a shortage of analysis and people to talk to about the games I’ve played.

If you haven’t already, go answer these on your blog or in the comments here.

Gaming Questionnaire

Once upon a time, way back in 2009, I started this blog. The thing that pushed me into creating a WoW blog and became my second post ever was Miss Medicina’s Healer Questionnaire.

Since I’m done with WoW, and trying to reinvent Cannot be Tamed as a source for information and entertainment about all video games, I thought I’d start my own questionnaire about gaming. Hopefully you’ll be interested in filling out the questionnaire as well, and we’ll all get to discover new bloggers, gamers, and learn more about our current gaming friends.

Post this questionnaire with your answers on your blog or in the comments if you don’t have one. Be sure to let me know when you’ve answered, I’ll be posting links to responses below.

  1. When did you start playing video games?
  2. What is the first game you remember playing?
  3. PC or Console? 
  4. XBox, PlayStation, or Wii? 
  5. What’s the best game you’ve ever played? 
  6. What’s the worst game you’ve ever played? 
  7. Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn’t like.
  8. Name a game that was poorly received that you really like.
  9. What are your favourite game genres?
  10. Who is your favourite game protagonist?
  11. Describe your perfect video game.
  12. What video game character do have you have a crush on?
  13. What game has the best music? 
  14. Most memorable moment in a game:
  15. Scariest moment in a game:
  16. Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:
  17. What are your favourite websites/blogs about games?
  18. What’s the last game you finished? 
  19. What future releases are you most excited about? 
  20. Do you identify as a gamer?
  21. Why do you play video games? 

Also, if you wouldn’t mind answering these polls – I like to know who’s reading!



Here are the links to the responses (more found in the comments)

Just when I was stuck for a post idea…

sorry caps came up with a survey!

1. Raider, farmer, PvPer, or altoholic?
Raider with a dash of achievement whore.

2. Favorite raid or dungeon?
Black Temple was my favorite raid of all time. I love all the bosses (even Teron when I wasn’t a ghost). It was dark and atmospheric and the fights were tuned just right.

3. Number one choice for a new playable race?
Vrykul would be neat. I’m satisfied with my elves and draenei though.

4. Class you suck the most at?
Rogues. I tried to level one and got to the mid-20s. I have never died so much as I did on that rogue. I’m not a big fan of melee in general.

5. Original UI or modded UI?
Modded. I can’t stand the original UI. Give me dominos, xperl and grid or give me death!

6. Profession you’ve never leveled past 200?
Tailoring and engineering.

7. Favorite flying mount?
I like my Iron Bound Proto Drake. I actually enjoy all the proto drakes, they look pretty bad-ass.

8. Nozdormu — friend or foe, you figure?
He hasn’t tried to eat my succulent elf-flesh yet, so I’ll go with friend.

9. Useless item you have in your bank that you’ll never get rid of?
Will of Arlokk – the first set of purple pixels that instilled a sense of loot lust. I’ll also never get rid of my druid’s Primitive Mantle.

10. Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
Artisan Riding on three toons. Other than that, I’m pretty much a cheapskate.

11. Favorite starting area?
I’m not a big fan of any of them. The Draenei area was good and much more cohesive than the original starting zones, but I’m too sick of it to say it’s my favorite. I’ll go with the Tauren starting area. It’s nice and green and I’ve only seen it once.

12. Inane goal you worked hardest to achieve?
Loremaster is the achievement I spent the most time on, but I wouldn’t really call it inane. The most inane, pointless, utterly frustrating achievement I’ve worked on is Noble Gardener. Sitting and camping egg spawns for hours on end – worst holiday ever.

13. Darion Mograine VS Tirion Fordring, gloves off — winner is?
Silvanas would take them both.

14. Game music or your own playlist?
Game music for the most part. I’ll occasionally put on a playlist when I’m raiding though. Easier to tune out raid leaders that way 😛

15. Particular option or setting that you always toggle on a new alt/server?
I can’t think of any settings, but I turn on my bar mods and Grid when I start a new character.

16. Highest amount of levels gained in one play session?
I really don’t remember. 5?

17. Thing you’d most like to experience or see in-game?
As far as existing content, I’ve seen most everything I’m interesting in seeing. I’d like to see more new raids and dungeons.

18. Worst PuG moment?
I get angry with a lot of PuGs, but I get over it and forget about them quickly. My current worst PuG moment is just one of the most recent. My new level 80 mage was doing Halls of Reflection. One of the dps rolled need on a lock box that dropped and the tank took offense to it. They then proceeded to insult each other before the tank finally exclaimed “suck balls wipe” and left the group mid-fight. Classy.

19. Best dungeon/raid moment?
Most of my favorite moments came in the Tier 6 raids. My first Archimonde kill felt amazing after so many wipes. I love that fight. As far as scripted raid moments go, the whole Illidan fight is great.

20. Worst quest ever that you totally hate doing?
Anything with poo. The one in Howling Fjord where you need to scare the crap out of bats is the worst.

21. First thing you do when you hit 80?
Train and respec into a proper raid spec, even if I don’t plan on raiding anytime soon.

22. Character (of yours) you would RP as if you had to?
Erm…druid Jasyla I guess? Any attempts at RPing from me would probably offend any real RPers. It’s just not my thing. I’d probably just shift into tree form and refuse to speak or move, maybe go afk and get a snack. On second thought, I’d be awesome at RPing a tree.

23. Keyboard, mouse, or both for using abilities?
Druid uses Clique so I click 98% of the time. Hunter uses both. I click on high movement fights and I use the keyboard if I’m stationary.

24. Thottbot or WoWhead?

25. Acronym you’ve seen in chat but don’t understand?
I can’t think of any. I keep trade and general chat turned off in order to preserve the small amount of sanity I have left.

26. Plot point you’d like to see resolved someday?
I don’t play WoW for the plot.

27. Biggest thing you’re looking forward to in Cataclysm?
Druid specific – no more tree form! In general – new quests and areas to explore.

28. Guild event you’d like to see?
My Horde guild is having a meet up at the end of the summer, I’m looking forward to that. I can smack all the people who stand in fires!

29. Level range you hate being in?
70-80. I’m so bored of Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra. I never want to see Utgarde Keep again.

30. Favorite map to quest in?
Stranglethorn Vale. This zone has gone from my most hated zone, when I was on my original PVP server, to my favorite. It’s so lush and green. I also love that you can spend a good 10 or 15 levels there.

Circle of Healers

I’m a little late to this party, but here’s my response to Miss Medicina’s Healer Questionnaire. Figured it would make a good first blog post, so here we go!

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Jasyla, resto druid

What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
Mainly raiding, both 10s and 25s

What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Rejuvenation. Nothing makes me happier than seeing HoT ticks popping up all over my screen.  Especially when they crit!  Also paves the way for my second favorite spell, Swiftmend.

What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Healing Touch.  Never even tried the glyphed HT thing.  Reminded me too much of spamming rank 4 HT in Zul’Gurub and Molten Core. Right now HT gets used maybe twice a raid, in combination with Nature’s Swiftness.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
Sheer volume of heals.  I think druids are best at spreading the healing love to as many people as possible. 

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
No big tank-saving or damage reduction ability.  This was very noticeable at the beginning of Wrath, but doesn’t seem like too much of a deficit at this point.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
My guild doesn’t really do healing assignments on most fights.  Each healer knows what they’re best at and does it.  I like to be free to heal everyone.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
Disc priests.  Their damage reducing abilities makes everyone else’s jobs easier.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
I don’t really like playing with other druids.  Especially when they don’t have Glyph of Swiftmend.  Grr.

What is your worst habit as a healer?
Overwriting HoTs.  Not something I do often, but occasionally when there isn’t enough damage to heal my OCD gets the best of me.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
I hate being told what to do, especially what spells to cast.  Being told by a pug raid leader “roll HoTs on the tank and heal the raid,” like I’ve never healed as a druid before really gets under my skin.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
I do.  I think we’re extremely well balanced and have the ability to alter our healing style to fit best with whoever we heal with and adjust for all types of fights.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
1. Did we kill the boss?
2. Is anyone dead?
3. Could I have prevented their death, or did they stand in a fire for 8 seconds?

I also make extensive use of World of Logs.  I like to check what my spell breakdown is and see how much healing I did overall.  I also really like being able to go through the combat log when someone dies and find out exactly what happened to them and see if there was something I could have done differently to save them.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
I haven’t really run into too many people with misconceptions.  I do hear “You probably should stay out of tree form on this fight because you need to move fast” every once in a while though.  Seriously.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
I think it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes to our class.  When you’re not totally familiar with druids small changes that get made every patch that make certain spells or glyphs better or worse can be easy to miss.

If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
High healing output, tend to be first on most fights, sometimes get overtaken by a pally or two.  There’s a fair bit of overheal from all my HoTs, but little overheal on things like Swiftmend and Nourish.  In most fights, I will likely have healed everyone in the raid to some degree. In terms of spell breakdown, the order seems to go Rejuv, WG, Regrowth, Nourish, Swiftmend on most fights. Lifebloom sees very little use unless I’m bored and feel the need to click more buttons.

Haste or Crit and why?
I like a balance.  I’m still using my 4t9 bonus so some extra crit is nice.  However, with the change to GotEM, I’m trying to stack some extra haste now.

What healing class do you feel you understand least?
Priest and Pally.  I know the basics, but I won’t say I understand a class until I’ve played it at max level.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
Grid plus Clique.  Also have a number of Grid modules like: mana bars, incoming heals, HoT tracker, raid debuffs. Can’t imagine healing without them now.  I think the only macro I have is one for NS + HT.

Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
Spell power is my main stat that I like to stack.  After that, I go for a balance.  I tend to shy away from mp5 and go for spirit instead.