November 9th, 2005

The following is a survey for an upcoming column of mine in The Escapist on gender and video game merchandise. Anyone and everyone who’d like to fill it out is welcome. Feel free to leave your answers as comments, or, for a little more privacy, email me at bonnie [at] heroine-sheik.com. Also, if you prefer to only answer some of the questions, that’s fine too. If I use your response, I’m happy to drop your name into the piece – you know, if you dig that kind of thing.

Note: For the sake of this survey, video game merch is defined as any game-related item that does not assist or influence gameplay (so interactive peripherals don’t count). Examples of game merch include t-shirts, figures, stickers, etc. When trying to figure out what gamer merch is, it may be helpful to think of that drool-inspiring, post-expo word: swag.

-Are you male or female?

-Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?

-What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?

-What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?

-How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?

-How much would you say you’ve spent on game merchandise in the last year?

-What kinds of game merchandise do you own?

-Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?

-What’s the coolest item of game merchandise you’ve ever purchased?

-Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?

-Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?

-What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?

-Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?

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18 Responses to “OMG, That’s So Fucking Awesome!: A Survey”

  1. Brinstar Says:

    -Are you male or female?
    Female.

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    Yes. I like having things that are related to my hobby, either representing my fandom (e.g. t-shirts) or as something nice to have (‘useless’ collectors’ items).

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    Coolness, uniqueness, fun.

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    Handmade figurine of a cousin from Katamari Damacy.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?
    A reasonable amount. Not too much.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    $200.00 perhaps.

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    T-shirts, video game soundtracks, figures, accessories.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    Not really.

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    Metroid Prime studded leather wrist cuff.

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?
    Both. eBay, AnimeNation.com, GameStop, Hot Topic.

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    No preference.

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?
    It really depends on how they look as a whole. Sometimes I think they’re complete posers, sometimes I think they are cool.

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    No and no.

  2. Muljo Says:

    -Are you male or female?
    male

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    Ummm… not really. I don’t really have any space for more junk in my room, and I’d rather not waste the money.

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    *skip*

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    *skip*

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?
    very little

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    *skip*

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    Ummm… I have a generic carrying case that I have used for all my Gameboys since GBC. I have a Nintendo-licensed NDS case. I have a couple sets of super-compact GCN disc cases. I have… ummm, Nintendo Power subscription, if that counts? I can’t really think of that much game-y stuff that I own, but the stuff I do have all seems to be Nintendo related… I might even still have a book buried around here somewhere with some old comics based on Mario. I still need to buy the Zelda DVD that came out recently but I do have the crappy version with only three episodes on it.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    nope

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    N/A

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?
    no preference

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    Actually, I don’t know why I don’t own any game-related shirts yet. I need to fix that…

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?
    That’s so cool!

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    Nah, it just means you’ve got some excess money to burn.

  3. Night Stalker Says:

    -Are you male or female?

    Male

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?

    Not realy – they do not add to the games, and therefore I do not feel that I need them. Some of them might have a “cool” value by themselves, but only very few things have a feel like that.

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?

    N/A

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?

    Indirectly it was the poster of Aribeth that came with the NWN “World Builder Guide” from Versus books.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?

    Very little – the Aribeth poster, the “Planescape: Torment” poster, a “Prisoner of Ice” poster (stay away from that game – there are some games that is not meant to be played by man), and a journal from the "Fifth Anniversary Commemorative Edition" of Myst and Riven.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?

    Around 0 in any currency

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?

    Goddies that comes with other products

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?

    Nope.

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?

    Aribeth poster mentioned above

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise on-line or in stores? Where specifically?

    Stores – since that is where I buy the games I get them with.

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?

    I would like to keep my things at home.

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?

    First I’d say that you would be more of a fanboy, and secondly I’d say that while it might mean you are hardcore, it might also mean that you are trying to hard to be hardcore. In my views a hardcore gamer focuses on the game, how to beat it and exploit it, and not so much about the setting, world, characters etc. There is a overlap of course, but hardcore Counterstrike people don’t walk around talking about the atmosphere of the game – they talk about how to win the game/tournament. These people may wear T-shirts with CS logos and whatnot on them – but that is to distinguish themselves from the rest of the players.

  4. Patrick Dugan Says:

    -Are you male or female?
    Male

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    When I was fourteen I got some Resident Evil figures of monsters that were cool, now I’m twenty, so I’d rather spend my money on music, beer, DVDs and games. If I’m gonna be a geek I want to be a geek that invests in information, not dolies.

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    Its cool to put your hands on a physical realization of a good character design, preferably something esoteric that doesn’t fit with the typical action figure mold.

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    Probably that Tyrant doll, um I mean action figure, back when I was fourteen.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?
    None

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    None

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    None

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    Nein

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    The Lunar Silver Start Story Complete Box set, if the cloth map and other extras count.

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    More fanboy than gamer, notice the suffix “boy” in that term. You don’t see hardcore film buffs buying Clockwork Orange action figures.

  5. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    -Are you male or female?
    male

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    VERY, because I find video games to be very iconographic. I also am proud to display my love of my favorite games and series (like Katamari and Metroid)

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    The same thing that attracts me to all merchandise: the fetishization of a one-media icon by dispersing it amongst a variety of media and forms.

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    I purchased a large quantity of game merch to be dispersed as prizes for my video game club. This included a number of N64 controller keychains. Also, my DS came with a Nintendogs bone-shaped screen cleaner, and I was happy.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?
    I have a moderate amount; a little more than a little.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    Not including club purchases, probably 25-50 dollars US.

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    T-shirts, action figures, posters, and keychains.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    Not really. I’m not obsessive enough to be a collector. I’d rather be a collector of games, and I’m not even that.

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    I have a Star Fox 64 box sitting in my basement that’s roughly the size of a toddler, but I didn’t buy that. I got it from an EB Games when they were done displaying it. One lucky xy member is getting a Famicom-style tissue box, and I think that is pretty awesome.

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?
    Online stores like lik-sang and play-asia.

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    No preference. I enjoy both.

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?
    I kinda want to high-five them, unless it’s someone I don’t like, in which case I think of ways to steal it.

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    Totally.

  6. Manpurse Says:

    -Are you male or female?
    Female.

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    Sure! I love being able to show my love for a game–or its characters–with swag. By having swag, I not only fulfill my need for stuff, but I also can proclaim my love for certain games to the world at large (and hopefully attract the eyes of fellow fen).

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    First, I’m attracted to good design. Many Katamari Damacy products have a nice, clean look. Next, I’m attracted to usefulness–I can use notebooks, pens, and the like. Clothing, too, can be worn over and over. Last, I like weird things. So, if I see a weird, nice-looking product from a good game, I’ll almost immediately snag it.

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    Do soundtracks count? I bought a soundtrack for Katamari Damacy on E-bay. I think I bought some Mario candy, honestly.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?
    Not too much. I like soundtracks, mostly. If I see something for cheap (or that is rare!) I’ll usually snag it.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    Feh, under $100.

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    CDs, notebooks, candy, doujinshi, action figures. I might have a plushie somewhere.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    Nope.

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    Kingdom Hearts action figures! Those Heartless figures are adorable.

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?
    Usually online because it’s cheap. I’ve seen some nice video game action figures in Kay-B-Toys on sale; likewise at Suncoast, which is where I bought my Kingdom Hearts figures. Sometimes I look at Gamestop, but they’re a tad expensive.

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    A little of both. I like collectable oddities and I like clothing/notebooks. Design is key for me.

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?
    “Hey, that game rocks!” *tries to casually approach for conversation*

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    In a way, yes. But they might have more of a shopper’s mentality rather than a “hardcore” mentality, so it’s not necessarily an indicator. I think hardcore gamers are more likely to collect swag than casual gamers, but I’m not really “hardcore” and I like merch. It’s probably more fannish behavior than anything else.

  7. Nic Jones Says:

    -Are you male or female?
    Male

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    Not particularly – I think I see nothing special in video game merchandise. It is judged when I see it for sale as any other product. If the usual factors of decent quality, the amount of enjoyment I’d get from own it, how reasonable the price is et cetera all align, I’d probably buy video game merchandise. I simply haven’t seen many items that satisfy that equation.

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    I’d be attracted to a product that stands as useful by itself, without the game. (Though I fully appreciate that when we are talking about items whose sole purpose is entertainment, this can be hard to quantify)

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    Tickets to a performance of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra playing music from anime and video game scores.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?
    Very little.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    Less than $50 (US Dollars)

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    Magazines and books.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    Not at all.

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    Tickets to above mentioned concert.

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?
    Both. The tickets were booked through the local manga library, magazines would have been bought at various newsagents, books mostly through amazon.co.uk

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    Books and magazines are items generally kept at home. Well, after you’ve read them.

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?
    They are instantly identified as “gamer” in my head, but that doesn’t really mean a huge amount, given that I’m a 22 year old male who spends most of his time in the geekier departments of a university.

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    Yes.

  8. matt Says:

    I rarely purchase anything except games themselves. Occasionally I’ll pick up some collector’s edition of a title or somesuch, but other merchandise? Not really. I’d rather have a larger number of games than game-related stuff.

    The exception for me is art books. I bought the WoW collector’s edition because of the artbook and purchased the Half-Life 2 artbook. If a game as a good aesthetic appeal and they release an art book, I’m there :).

  9. Bonnie Says:

    Thanks to those who posted/sent me answers! Here’s another question for you guys: do any of you know any big game merch collectors? What have your experiences been with them?

  10. MD² Says:

    Survey sent to two of my friends both reasonably big merch collectors in their own right, but so far it doesn’t seem they like the idea of answering (hey it’s time lost to WOW, you know ? ^_^” ).

    I can’t exactly fit in the survey because I have a strong repulsive reaction to most publicity, in any form. Let’ use William Gibson’s semiotic agoraphoby to describe it, except far less extreme than what he described in Pattern Recognition.

    I do have a small video game music OST collection, though, but since I’m owning it on the music’s own merit, I don’t think it enters the swag definition.

    Owning swag merchandise may not be proof that one is a hardcore gamer, but it can serve as a clear sign that one belongs to the gamer community. A clear, unambiguous social marker.

  11. Bonnie Says:

    MD^2, thanks for sending that along. If they don’t feel like resonding (which I totally understand), I’d love to just hear your descriptions of them, what you’ve seen of their habits and collections, what types of gamers they are – basically anything you’d like to share!

  12. MD² Says:

    Answer from one of my friends (He doesn’t speek english, so I had to translate. I tried to be as faithful as I can, even when I’m not too sure about what he meant, I just put it as I was told, I didn’t want to pollute informations by adding questions):

    -Are you male or female?
    Male.
    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    Yes, when the game has left me with a deep impression.
    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    Most of the time it’s a combination of mood; character design and music. I like games immersive enough that they help me forget about the mundane.
    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    Myst V collector edition.
    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little,
    etc.)?
    A lot.
    -How much would you say you’ve spent on game merchandise in the last
    year?
    Between 300 and 500 euros.
    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    Dolls, plush, figurines, music CDs, art books, keyholders, t-shirts…
    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    No.
    -What’s the coolest item of game merchandise you’ve ever purchased?
    A art book.
    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where
    specifically?
    In Paris’ specialised stores.
    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can
    wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    I’d rather keep them home.
    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?
    Nice.
    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore
    gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    A hardcore fanboy… it has nothing to do with the difficulty of the game.

  13. Bonnie Says:

    Merci, MD^2. Vous êtes tellement gentil de traduire toutes ces choses! Si l’autre de vos ami décide à reprondre, je pourrais essayer de le lire moi-même, comme c’est plus facile pour vous.

  14. Selene Says:

    -Are you male or female?
    Female

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    I’m mostly interested in soundtrack-related stuff, although I frequently get tempted by representations of my favorite game characters. (e.g. figurines, action figures, plush dolls)

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    Some games have soundtracks I really like. Some characters are really cool.
    I remember drooling over the 1/8 scale Final Fantasy VII resin statue of Vincent Valentine, but that’s way out of my budget.

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    I bought a ticket for the Final Fantasy More Friends concert and saw it with some friends of mine. I also got a CD of the concert while I was there.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?
    Not very much.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    Not very much. Well, there was the concert ticket. But I really don’t buy much merchandise.

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    Some soundtracks and piano scores. A set of Final Fantasy figurines. I also have promotional cards for a couple of games.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    Not really

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    Um, I really like my piano scores? And the concert was definitely cool.

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?
    Online, definitely. Soundtracks and piano scores from http://www.gamemusic.com . Figurines from eBay. My friend handled the ticket purchases.

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    I think I tend to be more attracted to keep-at-home merchandise (the soundtracks and figurines). But most of the games/characters that I would buy merchandise for don’t really seem to have clothing items available.

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?
    If it’s a game I like, I think “Cool!” If not, it’s just another shirt.

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    What about the fangirls?
    I don’t think owning merchandise is a pre-requisite for being “hardcore”, but if you do own some, you’re more likely to be considered hardcore. Er, MD^2 said this except with more eloquence.

  15. julie Says:

    -Are you male or female?

    female

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?

    I am, but mostly as an identifier. Visibility promotes community, and that’s something that gamers do well.

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?

    Well, first it has to be presented well and fit my tastes, obviously, but after that the most important feature is clarity. I want someone to be able to understand and recognize the message at first glance. This is important to me because if I encounter another gamer, I want that person to know that we have something in common; if I encounter a non-gamer, I want that person to be exposed to different people in the gamer culture. It’s important for the Jack Thompsons out there to see a variety of people immersed in the gaming community, as well as make it clear that gamer culture has spread far and wide. Gaming is exceptionally common among all demographics now and it’s important that we make a statement to the effect that we’re everywhere and we’re not going away.

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?

    Probably Penny Arcade merch, most likely a t-shirt. I know that it’s not specifically game merch, but without games there would be not PA, so I think it counts.

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?

    A little. Some t-shirts and stickers and things.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?

    less than $100

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?

    Mostly t-shirts or other things that are outwardly visible. Like I said, I’m more interested in supporting the entire gaming community than coveting life-size replicas of Cloud. Also I tend to gravitate toward merch from gaming strips like PA, MegaTokyo, 8-bit, and CAD (to a lesser extent), and things that identify me as a geek in general.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?

    No

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?

    A sword-chucks-yo shirt

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?

    Online… mostly thinkgeek, zestuff, and the like… sites that serve various gamer and geek interests

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?

    I prefer wearable/stickable merch. Again, all about promoting community to gamers and non-gamers alike.

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?

    Well, I generally assume some things about that person; for instance I’m pretty sure that person knows Jack Thompson and verily dislikes him, and believes that video games don’t cause violence. I pretty much know that we’ve got a lot in common, and could probably chat extensively about any matter of things, without even knowing what games that person plays. I can assume that person has heard of my favorite strips and review sites, and if they haven’t, I can point them in that direction. And I always assume that I can start a conversation with that person and expect he or she to be friendly, and I’ve yet to be dissappointed.

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?

    I don’t think it’s really part of being a hardcore gamer, I think it’s more a matter of interest. I know some insane CS:S and Halo players for which gaming isn’t their main interest. Rather they may be all about playing the guitar or programming. There is this sort of assumption about a class of guys who are total fanboys because of what they wear, but honestly if you talk to them, they are generally good people and absolutely worth talking to. These guys will usually list gaming as their main interest, and that’s ok. It’s important for people to show their interest in games, and that’s why as a woman, I like to make that interest visible.

  16. Bonnie Says:

    The following few interviews were sent to me via email. In order to respect the interviewees’ privacy (just in case that’s what they were after), I’ve kept them anonymous, but decided to include their answers here so that anyone who’s interested can get the best possible idea of how gamers responded to these questions.
    ———————————
    > -Are you male or female?

    male

    > -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?

    Not particularly. I have and collect Bionicle Legos, but I don’t have them because I like the game, I have them because I like them and I have the game because it’s bionicle merchandise.

    I generally resist cross-branding (with the exception of the bionicle series). My clothes are as unbranded as possible. I don’t own any t- shirts with logos on them. The only logo’d stuff are my carhart pants. I wear a P-coat and prefer unblemished surfaces (I shun stickers).

    > -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    > -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    > -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little, etc.)?

    I have almost every bionicle lego set. I collect the legos, and in that context I also own the game. I have no non-lego gaming merchandise.

    > -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?

    I’m not sure, in the order of a few hundred dollars (~300).

    > -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?

    lego.

    > -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?

    if you accept the lego as gaming merchandise, then yes.

    > -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?

    McDonalds ran a bionicle promotion briefly. These sets weren’t sold any other way. I didn’t live in a region where McDonalds was running the promotion. I had to purchase them on Ebay. I lost sleep over it. It was a meaningless, stupid thing. But it meant a lot to me. So my coolest piece of gaming merchandise is a small, 7-piece set of a little brown man with a mask.

    > -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where specifically?

    Predominantly online: amazon, lego, ebay .coms

    > -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can wear/carry to display your interest in games?

    The only gaming merchandise I own are lego-related. I own them because I like the legos.

    I keep them at home.

    > -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of clothing?

    If I can tell it’s game merchandise, fanboy. If it’s such an arcane inside joke that I don’t get it and someone explains it later, hardcore.

    > -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore gamer? A hardcore fanboy?

    I think playing games is part of being hardcore. Everything else is fluff. Which is a feature of being “hardcore” in general, whether it’s punk, gaming or fly fishing. It’s not the clothes, it’s not the stuff. It’s living and breathing the games.

    What separates the hardcore from the rest is that they don’t *need* to identify with their tribe. They are outside of groupthink. They know their filing system is unstoppable.
    ————————————
    -Are you male or female?
    Male, as far as I know.

    -Are you interested in video game merchandise? Why or why not?
    Definitely. Its fun to identify yourself as a gamer when you go out
    there in the world. You’re more likely to meet other gamers and strike
    up new and interesting friendships, or good conversation at the least.

    -What attracts you to certain game merchandise? Why?
    I’d have to say two things: a good logo and a good franchise. Meaning, I’m not going to wear something that looks hideous or represents a game/series that is no better then a pile of petrified bat guano.

    -What was the last item of game merchandise your purchased?
    A sweet t-shirt from, of all places, Hot Topic. Its bright green with
    Mario on one knee, apparently in the midst of singing an romantic
    opera. The tagline reads “EVERYBODY LOVES AN ITALIAN BOY”, with the Nintendo logo underneath. Given that I’m of the appropriate ethnic
    background, it fits. Plus, it never fails to get comments from the ladies every time I wear it! ;D

    -How much game merchandise would you say you own (a lot, a little,
    etc.)?
    A little.

    -How much would you say you've spent on game merchandise in the last year?
    Not much. < $50, probably.

    -What kinds of game merchandise do you own?
    Just a few t's and some stickers.

    -Do you consider yourself a collector of game merchandise?
    Not even remotely.

    -What's the coolest item of game merchandise you've ever purchased?
    Totally the Mario T I just got. Its awesome!

    -Do you purchase your game merchandise online or in stores? Where
    specifically?
    Both, but I would probably favor online. Stores that I look at a lot
    specialize in retro and gamer t's:
    http://store.cottonfactory.com/80s-t-shirts.html
    http://www.80stees.com
    http://www.retroduck.com

    -Do you prefer merchandise that you keep at home, or merchandise you can
    wear/carry to display your interest in games?
    Totally the kind I can wear. What good is it if I can’t advertise it??!

    -What do you think when you see someone wearing a game-related item of
    clothing?
    That’s a cool person. I should go rap with them for a bit and tell them
    about my cool ‘Net radio show.

    -Do you think collecting game merchandise is part of being a hardcore
    gamer? A hardcore fanboy?
    Not neccesarily. There is definitely a direct correlation between the
    amount of swag one has and the amount of games said person plays. But
    just because a person has swag, doesn’t mean they are a hard core
    gamer. And yes, fanboys deceptively wear swag too. Which makes it all
    that much more difficult for us real gamers who are just trying to be
    real.

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