As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer.
When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created through exposure (such as a character talented at fixing watches from growing up in his father’s watch shop) or grow out of interest (archery, wakeboarding, or magic). Don’t be afraid to be creative and make sure the skill or talent is something that works with the scope of the story.
Description: having a strong interest in the production of video games and spending large amounts of time playing them. Gamers are invested in the outcome of their games, finishing missions, collecting achievements, and interacting with other gamers online. Conversations revolve around critiquing games, dissecting gameplay to study technique, researching tactics, hacks and Easter eggs, as well as watching and/or building video tutorials for others to learn from.
Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: strong hand-eye coordination, fast reflexes, evolved problem solving abilities, management skills (strong time management skills, understanding distribution and resource management), honed logic and reasoning, being a risk taker
Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: Self-controlled, intelligent, strategic, determined, enterprising, rational, intense, analytical, curious, risk-taking, scheming, crafty, adaptable
Required Resources and Training: Gaming skills are achieved through practice and research. Spending time gaming and watching expert gamers tackle levels, missions and overcome obstacles can help gamers learn how to broaden their minds when problem solving, seeking alternative ways to achieve goals and think outside the box. Walkthroughs and tutorials can help with better resource management and strategy, giving players a leg up in the same missions, and provide valuable lessons to apply in other gameplay scenarios.
Associated Stereotypes and Perceptions:
- all gamers are nerdy, overweight basement rats
- gamers are male
- that gamers are wasting their lives
Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:
Gamers learn valuable skills that can be applied to many “real life” situations. Strategic thinking, time and resource management, adaptability and a results-driven focus are all skills that a good leader might have. Heightened observation skills and hand-eye coordination could help with many “hands on” tasks–sports, creative expressions such as painting or pottery, skill saw or other tool work, and even illegal activities such as burglaries. Many first person and third person shooter games (and even some racing games) prize themselves on realistic action and equipment, and in a extreme emergency, these skills could conceivably be drawn upon if one had to handle a weapon or evade capture. Gaming could also possibly help a person desensitize themselves enough to act if violence became the only alternative in a life or death scenario, and be task-oriented in an emergency when one must gather survival supplies and flee.
Resources for Further Information:
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