Many gamers have their favourite characters, whether chosen for their skills and abilities, their personalities, or even just because they’re considered to be a lucky charm. Perhaps it’s also because they remind them a little of themselves?
Winning or losing a game, everyone celebrates and commiserates in different ways but how you react can say a lot about you and could also reveal who really is your true gaming character counterpart. Whether you like to shout, dance or maybe simply don’t care, there’s likely a character that does the same. With research from Ballistix that unveils British gamers’ best-loved ways to react to finishing a game, you may also find there are plenty of fellow gamers who are just like you!
Sonic the Hedgehog – The smug winner
Firstly, apologies to any of you Sonic the Hedgehog super fans out there, but there is a growing consensus that he may be getting a little too big for his bright red trainers. Also, his preferred poses do nothing to help dispel the feeling that he’s probably feeling pretty happy with himself.
There are some of you out there who are also not quite so gracious with your wins. You may be reluctant to admit that you can also be a little self-satisfied with yourself when you’ve defeated your own Doctor Eggman but most Brits (39%) are sure to give themselves (admittedly, a well-deserved) pat on the back for winning – you’re not the only one.
Don’t worry, everyone still has a soft spot for Sonic, really.
Booker DeWitt, BioShock Infinite – Too cool to care
Known for not necessarily listening to players and making up his own mind, Booker DeWitt really doesn’t mind winning or losing and neither do you. You’re in it for the fun and that’s the same for plenty of Brits ‒ more than a third (36%) of UK gamers aren’t bothered if they lose.
Kirby, Kirby Series – The true sportsman
You may not want to play it cool, actually really caring that you lost, but you don’t want to make a scene either, accepting your defeat graciously ‒ playing the real sportsman. While more than a third of British gamers play it cool, nearly as many (35%) are upset but accept it without a fuss.
Like Kirby, you’ll remain positive, even in the face of a loss, keeping up that cheerful demeanour. Kirby may be seen as one of the sweetest gaming characters out there but don’t be fooled by his cute round body or his furiously friendly nature; you’re also a serious force to be reckoned with. They say how someone reacts when they lose says a lot about them, but what they do when they win is even more telling.
Super Mario or Luigi – The air puncher
Super Mario and Luigi jumping up, punching the air is an iconic image (closely following the infamous utterance ‘It’s-a- me, Mario!’). Popular just like those beloved gaming characters, this is one of UK gamers’ favourite forms of celebration– almost a third (30%) punch the air when they win.
Super Mario and Luigi are of course very different but they both certainly like a good air punch to celebrate a win. This choice is up to you – though, guessing which one you’re more likely to pick isn’t difficult.
Wreck-It Ralph – The home-wrecker
It was all going so well, you were even a level up and then, bam! You lost your concentration or were distracted — it all went very wrong and you’re really not happy about it. When you lose, your reactions are a little more physical than others’ and in true Wreck-It Ralph style, it’s time to ‘wreck it!’
You’re not alone. In the UK, there are a fair few sore losers, with a quarter (25%) of Brits either throwing their mouse or controller when they lose or even punching a wall. Like Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, though, it’s just the heat of the moment taking over from your usual, calm and considerate nature – hopefully.
Tidus, Final Fantasy X – The shouter
For this gamer, it doesn’t matter if you’ve just hit your high score, levelled up or been killed in a matter of seconds — win or lose, everyone is going to hear about it. If what you want to do is to “scream real loud” then you and Tidus from Final Fantasy X have something in common – he’s the pin up boy for shouting.
If you are a shouter, you and Tidus are far from alone, it seems British gamers like to make a lot of noise about their gaming feats – the research from Ballistix found that 24% of British gamers will shout out when they win or lose.
Any Fortnite Battle Royal character – The dancer
When it comes to dancing, there’s only one game you’ll be thinking of: Fortnite Battle Royale. There’s not just one character known for their killer moves – any character can dance with a freebie emote, pulling out the infamous dab, Gangnam style, Carlton or floss.
A gamer that loves to celebrate that victory with a boogie? Then you’re definitely a Fortnite Battle Royal character – lucky for you, you’re rather spoilt for choice. Just as well, with plenty of UK gamers liking to bust a move. A fifth (21%) of British gamers will crack out their own signature move when they win. So, go on Fortnite Battle Royalers, time to break it down!
Pac-Man – The feaster
You’ve won and now it’s time to celebrate – with a snack. For the gamers who like to give themselves a culinary reward for those gaming escapades and wins, there’s really only one character you could be: Pac-Man. He eats his way through to victory, it’s only fitting that you too should have a yummy treat.
This is how quite a few British gamers like to treat themselves too – in fact, almost a fifth (19%) of UK gamers will take a trip to the fridge or the cupboard to celebrate an epic gaming win.
Squall, Final Fantasy VIII – The cry-baby
It’s not just anger, some gamers get downright emotional and sulk at the outcome of an adventure, battle or race. The slightly sulky gamers will find their gaming equivalent in Squall from Final Fantasy VIII, known for being just a little bit whiney and moaning about his own problems, rather than stepping up to help save the world.
There are not many Squall’s out there, though – only 16% of UK gamers will cry or simply give up playing the game if they lose.
Dante, Devil May Cry – The boaster
Sonic may be a little smug but at least he doesn’t brag about it. There are a few UK gamers who also need to make sure that everyone else is told about that great win. This isn’t your friends and family but the general public, with 5% of British gamers admitting they share their wins on social media.
For these gamers, your character counterpart is Dante, the protagonist of Devil May Cry, who is more than a little bit sure of himself and his capabilities – and he wants to make sure that others know it too. Not satisfied with a straight forward fight, he’s the kind of person who adds in a backflip as well, just for good measure, in case you weren’t paying attention to his awesome skills.
The Ballistix research showed many of you have a few different ways you like to celebrate and commiserate, and we know this could easily just be dependent on your mood. Still, however you’re feeling and whatever your favourite reaction at the time, you’ve got a gaming character counterpart. Who knows, maybe your gaming personality will even match your favourite character’s? If not, it’s alright; at least you can choose your character in the game.
Credit: Patrick Soulliere, Global Esports and Gaming Marketing Manager, Ballistix