Psychographics

Three player types, Timmy, Johnny, and Spike, by main internal motivation to play.

This typology is used by developers of Magic the Gathering especially Mark Rosewater. Despite being devised for a very popular collective card game (CCG), it's fitting to music games:
Timmy - plays for unusual experience,
Johnny - plays for self-expression,
Spike - plays for challenge, skill and competition.

All types might happen in music games, but the one that surely stands out is Johnny. It's an often overlooked fact, that a game (the way you play it) might be considered a way of self-expression (as music usually is). It's an area of a promising coherence between the two fields.

The types are also occasionally referred to as Tammy, Jenny, and Spike.

Other player taxonomies:


Mark for clarification

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