MMMMmmerchandise

We're all very excited by EA's new Vorpal Blade from the original Alice game, but it started a discussion, and I'd like your input. 
 
How important is merchandising to you?  What elements of a game inspire you to want to collect things relating to it?  I've seen everything from knitting patterns to collectible toys to hand-sculpted statues to t-shirts, and these could be in relation to any number of games.  (Don't even get me started on the tattoos!)  I'm always left wondering if my particular tastes really reflect those of other gamers, given that I'm not particularly "typical" in any other way.  I like to collect things relating to a strong story, personally, but maybe you're of a different mind. 
 
What does a game have to have for you to want to turn it into a collection?

4 Comments
5 Comments
Posted by lilith70

We're all very excited by EA's new Vorpal Blade from the original Alice game, but it started a discussion, and I'd like your input. 
 
How important is merchandising to you?  What elements of a game inspire you to want to collect things relating to it?  I've seen everything from knitting patterns to collectible toys to hand-sculpted statues to t-shirts, and these could be in relation to any number of games.  (Don't even get me started on the tattoos!)  I'm always left wondering if my particular tastes really reflect those of other gamers, given that I'm not particularly "typical" in any other way.  I like to collect things relating to a strong story, personally, but maybe you're of a different mind. 
 
What does a game have to have for you to want to turn it into a collection?

Posted by ThePhantomnaut

I am sort of nihilistic towards shit like this. I do have shirts of Halo and Gears but I don't go all out and buy a radio controlled Warthog.

Posted by Organicalistic_
@lilith70: dammit i thought giantbomb had a bunch of stuff in the store
Posted by skrutop

Game-related merch means absolutely nothing to me (for demographic purposes, I'm a 32 year-old, American male).  The only stuff I'd get is retro 8-bit shirts.  I have a Bomb-omb and and Atari shirt, but that's it.

Posted by guiseppe

I'm a person who tends to buy the Collector's Edition of games whenever I can get them. The reason is simply that I like figurines, posters, books or whatever you may get that are associated with games I like.