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?