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Why Do We Collect Video Game Memorabilia – An Insight Into One’s Mind

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Why Do We Collect Video Game Memorabilia – An Insight Into One’s Mind

Firstly, let me warn you that this post is in no way a psychological research. I’m not a scientist and don’t claim to be one, so this post is only an insight into my (and others) mind. I bet if you searched around the web, you could find some articles and scientific reports on why we collect things done by proper scientists.

Secondly, I feel the real life experience described in this article could be applied for other memorabilia, not just video game ones. But since this is a video games related blog, I’ll stick with what I love. 🙂

That’s that for a disclaimer. Now for the real stuff.

Why we hoard things

Why do we collect video game memorabilia?From evolutional standpoint we used to hoard resources to survive. I’m sure you’ll agree that nowadays collecting plush Minecraft toys or Ezio Auditore action figures is hardly a way to survive harsh elements. Although now that I think about it, a collection of video game t-shirts would keep a person warm if it came to it.

If asked, most people would probably say that collecting memorabilia is fun. Which is very true, collecting shiny things is fun; it’s a hobby. The uninformed person asking would probably leave it at that, still confused. I think that collecting things is closely tied to a fond memory and wanting to keep that memory forever and fresh in your mind whenever you look at the item or items. That is definitely true in my case.

The memorabilia signifies a happy memory for me, something I have enjoyed immensely (in this case a video game). As you might or might not know, I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed 3 game. I love everything about it (although I would change some things but that’s for another time). So I collect things related to that game and also the whole franchise because I enjoyed the previous games as well. I have been lucky to get some items as birthday and Christmas presents thanks to my amazing friends and family. My collection currently contains t-shirts, jewelry, weapon replica, messenger bag, books, wallet, action figure and POP figure. And I love them all.

How I picked my friends’ brains

I’m lucky to have great friends and quite a few of them collect video game merchandise.

Like my dear friend V., whom I met through mutual love of Assassin’s Creed 3 over the internet. When asked, she told me the following:

“Well, I collect video game memorabilia because it makes me feel closer to that world. A well made game (addicting story, interesting characters, fun gameplay, etc.) usually has a huge emotional impact on me. So I guess it’s just like a tattoo; I want something permanent that could remind me of that specific experience.”

I think V hit the nail on the head. For some people, games made a strong emotional impact on them and that is why they collect.

My good friend R., whom I met through my university classmate, is a guy who collects things and likes to create video game things as well. He says:

“I definitely collect because I like it. I love memorabilia as decorations, I’m happy to put on a shirt with a franchise that I love. Thanks to those things I also get inspiration for my own creations.”

I met my dear friend E. on a livestream on xbox-controllerTwitch. He himself started streaming not long after that and I just came on board and ever since we hit it off and have been playing many games together. He’s a trooper and let me pick his brains. This is what he said:

“I guess the reason I (or anyone) collects video game memorabilia is to carry on the fun and experience of a game, even after you’ve finished it. As I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series I love to collect anything to do with it, ever since Black Flag I’ve bought every edition of the series that comes with a soundtrack and figurine! I buy books, clothes, anything to do with games because they give me a feeling of nostalgia, triggering my happy memories from playing certain games!”

All the replies I got had pretty much the same explanation.

Happy memories, nostalgia, emotional impact.

And this is why video games are great. For one, they create a world you can explore right from your living room or bedroom. They bring people together – as evidenced by my friends V. and E., whom I would have never probably met had I or them not been the gamers they are. And with this I want to thank my friends (you know who you are) for letting me annoy you for a bit.

And thank you, reader, for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post and please, if you have your experience to add, leave a comment down below!

Do you collect video game memorabilia? Or is it some kind of other stuff? I’d love to know! 🙂

4 Comments

  1. V

    Great article my dear! This was quite an interesting reading and it’s wonderful to see how we (you, me, E and R) all think alike. Videogames can seriously be an incredible experience that quite many people fail to understand… and as you said they even allowed us to meet online, which is the best part of it all!

    Can’t wait to read more articles from you! 😀

    Your friend V.

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    1. Dana Author

      Thank you for you comment! 🙂 It’s interesting how such a thing (which someone still calls ‘childish’) can bring people together and form strong friendships, even countries apart. I wouldn’t change our gaming nights together for the world! 😀

      And don’t worry, more articles coming soon!

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  2. Interesting read. I liked some of the points you made, as well as the perspective you brought to the realm of collecting and how people have a certain mindset when it comes to collecting. Whether that’s game specific or the entire franchise.

    I collect Killer Instinct items exclusively. My goal is to collect every piece of KI merchandise, memorabilia, and advertising related to it. Most people would think that it’s odd or a little obsessive. But, while I do enjoy every single item in my collection, it’s not for bragging rights or for me to glance at it and marvel at my hoarding. There is a reason. Preservation. To keep the game and it’s history, alive as long as someone is willing to love it and enjoy it.

    Growing up, I had no idea most of these items even existed. When you purchased Killer Instinct for the SNES, it came with the soundtrack packed in. For those of us who grew up around that time and enjoyed the game, it was our first CD and gaming soundtrack. But, little did I know that there was an entire world full of KI related goodies. In Nintendo catalogs, contests, and giveaways.

    Right before the new KI was announced during E3 2013, a few months earlier I had an urge to start collecting everything KI related that I could find. That’s when I started to discover things I had no idea were a reality. Leather jackets/vests, keyrings, medallions, hats, shirts, posters, etc. I was blown away. And so were other fans. That’s when I decided to pour as much time and dedication into collecting. So that past, present, and future fans of the series can see just how awesome it was, and the legacy and impact it had on pop culture and gaming history.

    Now with the world’s largest KI collection, and a much better sense of knowledge about the history of KI and it’s collectibles…I try to show as many fans as possible and share my passion with them. I’ve made great friends in the process, and I feel lucky to have been a part of this incredible community.

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    1. Dana Author

      Hi Kzero, thank you so much for your comment! I really like your approach on collecting memorabilia and I haven’t really thought about it that way, as preserving the franchise. But I guess it makes sense, I definitely keep the items to preserve my memories of the franchise.

      It’s great to see people being so passionate about their favorite game(s) and even better when people connect on a personal level from strangers to great friends. And I’ve seen it with myself as well, if it weren’t for games, I wouldn’t have met some of my dearest friends.

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