The Quantic Lab

The Quantic Lab is a gamer survey project run by long-time game researchers Nick Yee & Nic Ducheneaut. We combine social science and data science to understand the psychology of gaming. Take the Gamer Motivations Profile or the Board Game Motivations Profile to get a customized report of your gaming motivations. We’ll keep adding new gamer tools to this page, and don’t forget to check out the blog for new findings.

Questions/Problems: team@quanticfoundry.com

This research project is a part of our consulting practice around game analytics. You can get a sense of our past work on gaming at The Daedalus Project, our academic papers, and Nick’s book on the psychology of online games.

Gamer Motivation Profile

Take a 5-minute survey to see how you compare with other video gamers on 12 gaming motivations. Our Game Recommender Engine will suggest games you may like.

Take The Profile

Board Games Motivation Profile

Take a 5-minute survey to see how you compare with other board gamers on 12 gaming motivations. Our Game Recommender Engine will suggest games you may like.

Take The Profile


Quick Game Recommendations

Enter up to three games you like, and we'll generate game recommendations based on data from 300,000+ gamers.

Video Game Recommendation Engine

Board Game Recommendation Engine


Other Profiles and Tools

Useful tools for gamers based on our past research.

Personality: Big Five Profile

Guild Name Generator


Research Surveys

Participate in the following set of regularly updated surveys to help us refine our existing profile tools, create new ones, and explore a wide range of issues in gaming (such as demographics, genre preference, family gaming, eSports, etc.).

  Phase 4: What Do You Think of VR Technology?

  Feedback: Board Game Motivation Profile

  Feedback: Gamer Motivation Profile