• Updated
01 July 2024

DEEP - Wich gamer are you?

Researchers at Institut Jean Nicod developed the DEEP model, which identifies four key dimensions of player agency in video games, to explain the variety of video game preferences.



DEEPExplorer, strategist, tinkerer? What does research say about the type of gamer you are? You can now find out by taking a 20-question test, on the new platform created by Valérian Chambon and Edgar Dubourg at the Institut Jean Nicod, with the help of the Beyond games agency. The results will give you information on your player profile, and a comparison with a representative sample of other players. You'll also receive a nice personalized DEEP card generated by GPT summarizing your results. Finally, you'll have the opportunity to share your answers with the scientists, to contribute to the research and improvement of the model.

This test is based on a model developed by researchers to characterize the variety of gaming preferences, via a cognitive framework rooted in what cognitive science calls agency, or the power to influence one's environment through choices and actions. This model is called DEEP, named after the four dimensions that compose it, organized along gradients of abstraction and goal exploration: Discovering, Experimenting, Expanding and Performing. It combines theoretical models of goal-directed action, dimensionality reduction techniques and methods for automatic annotation of cultural products through ChatGPT.

This research project aims to better understand the diversity of video-game preferences, but also to empirically test hierarchical models of goal-directed cognition. Video games probably represent the ludic activity that most exploits our desire to make choices, perform actions and achieve goals. As such, they are an ideal medium for assessing the validity and predictive power of hierarchical models. These models suggest that our goals are organized hierarchically: a better understanding of these models could therefore lead to a better understanding of inter-individual differences in the way agents use and navigate these goal hierarchies, in domains as varied as health, ecology or education.

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