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Do you collect video game merchandise? If you do, are there any particular franchises/characters/games you collect for? Do you collect for a variety of games or just a few specific ones?
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I've never really been a big collector of video game merchandise. I've acquired a few things by happenstance -- some plushes, t-shirts, and the like -- and held onto them, but not really for collecting purposes. However, I have started to collect for Final Fantasy VIII. There were figurines released of each major character in the game, and I've been tracking down those where I can. I've also picked up a few posters and some promotional items. It sort of sparked an interest in me that I never knew I had. I don't see myself expanding beyond a few of my all-time favorite games, but as I get older, these things seem more important to me, probably as I desperately cling to my youth
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Nope, although only because I don't really collect merchandise in general. I do have a half-dozen little Final Fantasy 3d printed meeples on my computer desk though.
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I have a lot of 40K miniatures. From a certain point of view that could be considered merchandise for a number of different video games. Takes a bit of squinting to make it look that way though.
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I do have some Pokemon cards if that counts. I don't have any plushies or other figurines though.
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A few things

- Zelda T shirt and phone case
- Mass Effect jacket badge and phone case
- some Amiibo especially for Zelda
- a Mario Kart 8 figurine
- a Super Mario T shirt

Not really to collect, I definitely use these items.
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I collect merchandise for Resident Evil and Disgaea, but that's about it.

The Resident Evil series gets a decent amount of merchandise. Collectible figures, toys, board games, unique controllers, soundtracks, art books, snow globes, energy drinks, etc.

The Disgaea series doesn't have quite as much stuff, but I have several plush Prinnies, some t-shirts, some figures, pencil boards, key/phone chains, soundtracks, art books, etc.


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I've never truly been a major authority of computer game product. I've procured a couple of things unintentionally - a few plushes, shirts, and so forth - and clutched them, yet not by any means for gathering purposes. Be that as it may, I have begun to gather for Final Fantasy VIII. There were dolls discharged of each significant character in the amusement, and I've been finding those where I can. I've likewise grabbed a couple of notices and some limited time things. It kind of started an enthusiasm for me that I never realized I had. I don't see myself growing past a couple of my record-breaking most loved diversions, however as I get more seasoned, these things appear to be progressively essential to me, presumably as I frantically stick to my childhood


Welcome to the forum hannah! FFVIII was a great game.
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I've never really been a big collector of video game merchandise. I've acquired a few things by happenstance -- some plushes, t-shirts, and the like -- and held onto them, but not really for collecting purposes. However, I have started to collect for Final Fantasy VIII. There were figurines released of each major character in the game, and I've been tracking down those where I can. I've also picked up a few posters and some promotional items. It sort of sparked an interest in me that I never knew I had. I don't see myself expanding beyond a few of my all-time favorite games, but as I get older, these things seem more important to me, probably as I desperately cling to my youth


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I've never truly been a major authority of computer game product. I've procured a couple of things unintentionally - a few plushes, shirts, and so forth - and clutched them, yet not by any means for gathering purposes. Be that as it may, I have begun to gather for Final Fantasy VIII. There were dolls discharged of each significant character in the amusement, and I've been finding those where I can. I've likewise grabbed a couple of notices and some limited time things. It kind of started an enthusiasm for me that I never realized I had. I don't see myself growing past a couple of my record-breaking most loved diversions, however as I get more seasoned, these things appear to be progressively essential to me, presumably as I frantically stick to my childhood


????? OK I'm confused. This is the same post but with some words replaced with synonyms.
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ghostpants wrote:
I've never really been a big collector of video game merchandise. I've acquired a few things by happenstance -- some plushes, t-shirts, and the like -- and held onto them, but not really for collecting purposes. However, I have started to collect for Final Fantasy VIII. There were figurines released of each major character in the game, and I've been tracking down those where I can. I've also picked up a few posters and some promotional items. It sort of sparked an interest in me that I never knew I had. I don't see myself expanding beyond a few of my all-time favorite games, but as I get older, these things seem more important to me, probably as I desperately cling to my youth

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I've never truly been a major authority of computer game product. I've procured a couple of things unintentionally - a few plushes, shirts, and so forth - and clutched them, yet not by any means for gathering purposes. Be that as it may, I have begun to gather for Final Fantasy VIII. There were dolls discharged of each significant character in the amusement, and I've been finding those where I can. I've likewise grabbed a couple of notices and some limited time things. It kind of started an enthusiasm for me that I never realized I had. I don't see myself growing past a couple of my record-breaking most loved diversions, however as I get more seasoned, these things appear to be progressively essential to me, presumably as I frantically stick to my childhood

????? OK I'm confused. This is the same post but with some words replaced with synonyms.

Cool. And if Hannah's native language is Turkish, that must've been quite a feat.

(Merhaba, Hannah. Hoş geldin.)
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Dandin wrote:
ghostpants wrote:
I've never really been a big collector of video game merchandise. I've acquired a few things by happenstance -- some plushes, t-shirts, and the like -- and held onto them, but not really for collecting purposes. However, I have started to collect for Final Fantasy VIII. There were figurines released of each major character in the game, and I've been tracking down those where I can. I've also picked up a few posters and some promotional items. It sort of sparked an interest in me that I never knew I had. I don't see myself expanding beyond a few of my all-time favorite games, but as I get older, these things seem more important to me, probably as I desperately cling to my youth :P

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I've never truly been a major authority of computer game product. I've procured a couple of things unintentionally - a few plushes, shirts, and so forth - and clutched them, yet not by any means for gathering purposes. Be that as it may, I have begun to gather for Final Fantasy VIII. There were dolls discharged of each significant character in the amusement, and I've been finding those where I can. I've likewise grabbed a couple of notices and some limited time things. It kind of started an enthusiasm for me that I never realized I had. I don't see myself growing past a couple of my record-breaking most loved diversions, however as I get more seasoned, these things appear to be progressively essential to me, presumably as I frantically stick to my childhood

????? OK I'm confused. This is the same post but with some words replaced with synonyms.

Cool. And if Hannah's native language is Turkish, that must've been quite a feat.

Maybe. I'm a little less trusting. Looks a little like, let us just say... "procedural generation". I'm willing to be proved wrong, but I've seen patterns like this before lead to a post from said "user" in a couple of days that is clearly spammy and/or phishy using the cover of the existence of previous posts to bypass filtering of said content.
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Maybe. I'm a little less trusting. Looks a little like, let us just say... "procedural generation". I'm willing to be proved wrong, but I've seen patterns like this before lead to a post from said "user" in a couple of days that is clearly spammy and/or phishy using the cover of the existence of previous posts to bypass filtering of said content.

And if that's the case, I just spoke to a bot in (attempted) Turkish for the first time ever.
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Not really. Maybe a cool knick-knack or two.
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Not really. Back when games provided maps I loved them and have the one for Morrowind. But I certainly didn't go out of my way to collect it, it came with the game box. I do have some merch from when I backed Obduction on Kickstarter, but the extras weren't really worth the price, so I generally don't bother for all those bells-and-whistles anymore. I don't really have room to store random video game merch when I need that room for board games and RPGs... and dice and minis!
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As for the QOTD...

I notice I tend to really like small things that are arbitrarily video game related. Glasses, coasters, maybe some small wall art or refrigerator magnets, things like that. Going to conventions, I've seen some pretty nifty looking stuff that's all video game related, so I've gotten a few small things like that. Friends of mine also got me a set of glasses that have characters from paper mario on them, so that's about all I have. Aside from those, I have started to really come to appreciate art styles in board and video games. Therefore, I am finding myself more interested in possibly finding some art that's board/video game related. There's a lot of interesting styles out there, I just haven't really pulled the trigger on something I'd hang on my wall. yet. I think I'm close, though.
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No, I don't collect anything. Way back, when PC gaming was brand-new, there were very few games around, and it looked like the best ones (e.g., Civilization) might be around forever--like chess and other classic games, or like Monopoly and other long-in-print games. So if I liked one of those games, and merchandise had been available for it, I might have bought something. Just to show off or expand my hobby or something like that.

But now that there's such a glut of video games and series and franchises, I wouldn't know where to begin anymore. And if I did begin, whatever I acquired would seem like just a knickknack or a piece of trash. So, I don't even have any use for a game soundtrack or screen saver or anything. I see those things offered (sometimes free) and just shrug.
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Never have.

One thing I've never done is gotten rid of an old console. But I've definitely thinned down my games for each console, and for PS2/Wii/PS3/PS4, my "previously owned" games exceed currently owned.

I'm not sure I own a non-game or non-console piece of videogame merchandise.
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Olden times....

I used collect Nintendo magazines (Nintendo Power, their strategy guides), cards, and stickers. I easily spent thousands of dollars there shake If I got a PayPal credit card, I probably could've gotten $500 worth of cashback alone since much of it was purchased on Ebay (paid via PayPal) wow When I did think about getting into a PP cc, I stopped myself right there, and just decided to cut my losses, and stop buying.

I ended up throwing out all of it b/c I had to move in a hurry for a new job. It was fun, but wasteful. It was also a "learning experience", and while I wasn't making as much money back then, I was even more aggressive about saving (went one winter using only 10 hours of heat. For the whole winter)




Nowadays, I still buy them, but nowhere near the level of "collection". It's mostly functional... T-shirts are comfy, and I'd prefer not to walk around without a shirt anyways. Showing off vg culture is just a bonus, although quite a bonus at that.

If there are other vg merch. that's also functional, I'll consider it too. Like vg stationary, fidget spinners. On rare occasions, I'll buy some decoration piece for my office desk (e.g. ceramic blue turtle shell, although I'm running low on space, so I've probably reached my cap. I've still got more flexibility on posters and other wall stuff (just got a new supply of pushpins).
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The closest to buy merchandise for me would have been a strategy guide. No T-shirts or hats or anything like that.
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I have a number of Skylanders figures. You can argue that they're part of the game, but I got the first ones without the game, because they were neat figures (and on sale). Since getting the initial game, I've gotten a bunch more, though again, some were gotten for being a neat figure without any hope of using it... 'in game'.

Smudge has a few of the Disney Infinity figures. And we both have a number of Amiibos. None of them with any practical use planned. As you might guess, Smudge also has a good number of non-game figures as well.

Past that, we've had some FF X shirts (now worn out), because they had neat designs. And currently, we both have a couple Pokemon shirts. Oh, and Smudge trolled me with with a thermal Pikachu blanket gift a year ago. I call it my 'electric blanket'.

I think that's about it.
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I often want to but there is rarly something I really like enough to buy. I do have the occasional shirt but its been a while and even the they were like the woot videogame inspired joke type.

I do want to accent my life with video game shoutouts but thats more about the project really. As an example I would like to make a borderlands gun chest for my project room or my back yard.
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I've acquired a few things from some video game franchises - mostly Final Fantasy - but I don't consider myself a collector. I've got a couple plushes and quite a few tees since Shirt Punch started doing them. Got a couple things from those nerdy monthly subscription boxes, but I don't have much room to put such things.

I spotted the figurines from FFVII in a comic store as a young adult, but never bought them because they seemed so pricey. Although I might like to now that I have more disposable income, I don't really have a place to put them, so I tend towards more practical merchandise if I can find it.
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No, I don't really collect merchandise. I buy the game and then I'm usually happy. On rare occasions though I will buy game-related stuff but my mindset isn't that "it's from a game so I want it" it is "I like this thing on its own so I want it".

For example, I want to add stuff to my desk at work because it is boring to look at. I like the Nendoroids I see on other people's desks so I go on to look for one I like. I find that the Legend of Zelda BOTW nendoroid is fabulous looking and has tons of accessories. So I get it. So it is game merchandise - but it isn't my number one factor in buying it.

I'm rambling but I think you get the point so I'll stop.
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I have a Kirby plushie, a Kirby magnet, and an Ice Climbers amiibo. I plan to get amiibo of Kirby, Luigi, Jigglypuff, Daisy and Duck Hunt. I like how Duck Hunt looks, I'm just not good with them.
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No.

The exception to the rule has been the Dragon Age novels. They're perfect at what they're supposed to do: fill time between games in the series while making me want to play more games in the series.
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Far too much of it. I've been getting the Fallout themed Loot Crate for over a year now, I bought the collector's edition of Fallout 4 that came with the Pip-Boy, I have around half a dozen Amiibos, at least that many t-shirts...the list goes on.
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