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
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 Twitch. 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! 🙂