Sorry I'm late! This past weekend was Wondercon (wooooo!) so I was busy making love to DtoidSF at the con. My nerd cred has grown, since I have finally purchased lots of stuff from a comic convention. I finally found an Aeris figurine (<3) and I bought a really cool print by a guy named John Giang (I'm pimping his site Orbital Harvest here
). I'm not normally into art, but his SF painting blew me away....I made an ATM run so I could buy it. Click here
to see the print I bought!
Anyway, this kinda segways into this week's Dtoid Community Discusses topic: Gaming Merchandise. I wanted to find out what some members of the Destructoid community thought about the various forms of gaming merchandise. Here is the prompt I gave them:
"Sure as gamers we love playing games, but sometimes just playing them is not enough. Like with any hobby, we just need to make the world know how much we love videogames, and companies know there is money to be made there. This week's topic will be about gaming merchandise! From Nintendo cereals, to gamer shirts at Hot Topic, gaming has had a history of supplying the passionate gamer other ways to spend their hard earned cash to show off their favorite hobby. What gaming merchandise have you all purchased or collected? Can you think of some gaming merchandise that you were excited about but ended up being crappy? What are examples of stuff you would LOVE to own and from what games?"
This week's panel consisted of Garison, FusionTR, MEE, and Bigby! Read on to find out what they thought! Does this shirt make Garison a nerd? Yes...and he has no shame :P Bigby
Gaming merch is a niche market that communicates to other gamers while usually excluding those from the outside world. So in that sense it feels more like its made for you than for everyone around. More personal. And that is something I hope sticks around and I don't start seeing casual shirts with references to Wii Fit or Bejeweled any time soon. I think then I would probably tear up a little, crying softly to myself.
Oh, and another thing, does it count if the game swag in question has its source from outside its genre? Such as Transformers? The show and toys inspired movies and then games later on so how does that translate or does it even count as game merch? Same goes for GI Joe, no doubt, and maybe Lego series like Star Wars and Indiana Jones? The line blurs a bit there I think. Where does the line begin or even end? If you are wearing a shirt that has Lego Indy on it, is that game swag or franchise stuff? Hard to say, but I think gamers will see what it is and recognize it for what its worth.
Star Wars is a biggie in that area too.
Well, isn't gaming merchandise supposed to be about videogames? There is a big difference between an Indiana Jones and a Lego Indy t-shirt for me. But now that I think about it, could a non-gamer think that a Lego Indy t-shirt is just a cute t-shirt not related to gaming?
As far as Transformers and GI Joe go, those franchises are known much more for their other forms of media (TV Shows, movies) than videogames, so I never consider any of that stuff gaming merchÖmaybe nerd merchandise (:P). I think an interesting point was brought up with the Lego Indy example though. I can definitely imagine a scenario where a common person (or muggle) sees a Lego Indy shirt, or Puzzle Fighter shirt, and just think itís a cute version of the source materialÖ.completely unaware that it is referencing something by itself.
However, I think the important part is that we gamers recognize the differences, which gives us a sense of belonging to a group. At Wondercon this past weekend, nerds wearing nerdy T-shirts and dressing in cosplay surrounded me. Personally, I donít wear gaming shirts (they donít sell them at Express), but I just felt so happy being surrounded by my gaming peers. And to me, thatís one of the coolest things about gaming merchandise whether its T-shirts or handmade papercrafts :)
Anyway, that was this week's discussion; hope you enjoyed the read! Check the c-blogs again next week for another installment (omg double digits!) of Dtoid Communitry Discusses!