I recently read an article about a New York chess hustler who thinks you can tell a lot about a person by the way they play chess. The full piece can be found here, and you should read it because it's fascinating, but the following quote sums it up rather nicely.
“The queen is your power. A boxer’s queen is his arms. A scientist’s queen is his mind. Most white men are aggressive with their queens. They play loose with their power. They move their queens way out into the open board. Black men are more protective of their queens. They hold their queens back. Watch a man play his queen, and you’ll see how he views his power."
I often wonder if I got into games because I loved the problem-solving they required or if I learned to love problem-solving and critical thinking by playing games, but one thing's for sure, and it's that the way I play is very much in line with how I think and live. In my elementary school days, I would play a lot of Age of Empires and Heroes of Might and Magic 2, and in both cases I favored a defensive strategy. I would hole up with whatever I could easily defend and then slowly march on from there. I always felt that the sting of gaining ground and then losing it was worse than sitting back until I was strong enough to keep what I took. I find that this is more or less how I do things in the rest of life, passive until I'm absolutely certain or I have no other choice, and then I spring into action. I'm also every bit the max-minner (being concerned with opportunity cost, you could say) in life as I am in games.
So I'm super curious: are y'all the same way? If so, what games do you feel best reveal facets of your personality?