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In the world that we live many of us just managed to get through the challenges mainly financial so purchasing board games are not easy when we have to budget on other things.

Even when you do purchase the game, you will notice you have limited time to play the game or find it difficult to get bunch of people together to have a game session.

I enjoy BGG site, I read many topics of game sessions, game reviews.
It takes the stress and challenges of the day during the time I spend here reading posts.

The one thing it makes me puzzled is why some board game reviewers give a game review (Video review ) and show off their library of games in the background.

Is it to make people think that they are rich ? They can and the rest of us cant ?
Is it perhaps they want to make everyone think that they are masters of every game on the shelf ?

Could they just not review that particular game without showing off ?

Is this a turn off for you watching video game reviews ?






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It's so you, the viewer, knows they are very serious gamers indeed and that you should take them very seriously.

Or it could just be a wall of games makes for a nice background in a video about gaming.

Or it could be because they are shooting the video at a game store and you're seeing the public library of games that are often available to play at game stores. Stores devoted to gaming with a public library are pretty common in the USA. I'm assuming you're watching videos made in the USA.

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Makes sense they would shoot in their games room - which probably has shelves of board games (like a lot of board game rooms).

I dont think its anything more sinister than that
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The Moon wrote:
Even when you do purchase the game, you will notice you have limited time to play the game or find it difficult to get bunch of people together to have a game session.


What does this have to do with the video reviews?
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The Moon wrote:
In the world that we live many of us just managed to get through the challenges mainly financial so purchasing board games are not easy when we have to budget on other things.

Even when you do purchase the game, you will notice you have limited time to play the game or find it difficult to get bunch of people together to have a game session.

I enjoy BGG site, I read many topics of game sessions, game reviews.
It takes the stress and challenges of the day during the time I spend here reading posts.

The one thing it makes me puzzled is why some board game reviewers give a game review (Video review ) and show off their library of games in the background.

Is it to make people think that they are rich ? They can and the rest of us cant ?
Is it perhaps they want to make everyone think that they are masters of every game on the shelf ?

Could they just not review that particular game without showing off ?

Is this a turn off for you watching video game reviews ?








Yes or No. Really depends.
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I actually enjoy it because I look for games I own or recognize.

Who wants to just stare at the guy, or gal, talking before they start showing you the game.
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Personally I prefer a background showing board games than a blank wall or someone's living room.
I saw another post about reviewers using their game shelf as a back drop and was surprised that people care.
I watch videos for cycling component reviews and have never said to myself "why do they always shoot these in a bike shop? Why don't they find a nice board game store to film it in."
Not trying to be cheeky to your post I just think it's an odd concern to have.
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If nothing else, it lets you assess what sorts of games the reviewer is into...

...plus it's a lot more interesting than your bare wall.

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I don't think anyone is doing it to show off and make you "feel bad" I heard at one point the average BGG user has about 100 games. That is more than enough to fill a shelf behind a person for a video. Personally, I think it is the best background you can have. What would be better?

I imagine it probably is somewhat influenced by Tom Vassal since he is one of the most popular and long time reviewers and he tapes in front of his wall of games.
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The Moon wrote:
In the world that we live many of us just managed to get through the challenges mainly financial so purchasing board games are not easy when we have to budget on other things.

Even when you do purchase the game, you will notice you have limited time to play the game or find it difficult to get bunch of people together to have a game session.

I enjoy BGG site, I read many topics of game sessions, game reviews.
It takes the stress and challenges of the day during the time I spend here reading posts.

The one thing it makes me puzzled is why some board game reviewers give a game review (Video review ) and show off their library of games in the background.

Is it to make people think that they are rich ? They can and the rest of us cant ?
Is it perhaps they want to make everyone think that they are masters of every game on the shelf ?

Could they just not review that particular game without showing off ?

Is this a turn off for you watching video game reviews ?








I typically hold videoconferences with stacks of money behind me, but sometimes I replace it with my massive wine collection, or my scotch collection, or my car collection, or my gold collection.

Really depends on my mood and what works well with the clothes I'm wearing.

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Inspiration?
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I think it's really stupid too.
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...I think there is art happening behind me in the "reviewy" portions of our videos. The wall behind me is where my wife's "ladies" are, old artsy pictures of Korean women if I remember correctly. To be honest I've never given it a great deal of thought, the layout of the room makes using that wall conducive to filming. Maybe I should put the bunny houses behind me? Might help keep people entertained...


Bunnies aren't a sign of excessive wealth/affluence are they?
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Convenience. Filming is a hobby activity and will tend to take place in the parts of the house directed towards hobbies. Game shelves, a table and good lighting also tend to be in those hobby areas, making it even better for filming.
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I never understood the complaints about it. Where else would especially someone doing it casually do it? If I wanted to film something like this I would pretty much have 4 choices in my apartment when it comes to space: in front of the game shelf, in front of the DVD shelf, in the kitchen or sitting on the toilet in the bathroom. Game shelf seems to be simply the most obvious one there.

Of course if you put way more time, setup etc. in it and manage to solve the sound/lighting difficulties, filming on a fitting location could be great (I guess Shut up and sit down does it sometimes). A review about Sagrada from standing in front of it in Barcelona would be interesting for sure or one of Captain Sonar in a submarine. But I doubt this would be doable for most reviewers.
Otherwise, studios are expensive and I personally am very glad that self-made green screens are not more of a thing.
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The Moon wrote:
The one thing it makes me puzzled is why some board game reviewers give a game review (Video review ) and show off their library of games in the background.


They're not showing off their games; they're just a backdrop. These people are showing off their games.
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So you are jealous, therefore they must be the problem? As above, it is lively where they game, well lit, it all makes sense. I too find myself looking through the titles to see what's about.
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I actually prefer it that way. It's helpful for me to know what kind of games they have so I can see if their tastes correspond to my own. And as others have said, what else should they have?

I will mention that the best backdrop of any board game reviewer is Man vs meeple IMO, because they have a studio with images of the game and some nice posters. But not everyone can have a studio. I also really enjoy SU&SD's style where they sometimes film outside and don't just stand still in front of a camera.
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I think it's to cover the damp on the walls, filthy windows, etc. caused by excessive gameplay.



I do like having a nose at what games they have!

A minor thing, it does serve to make me think they have some experience and have played a fair few games, though of course, once you know the reviewer, that is minor.

I like that Rahdo did some videos on all the games in his collection.
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It's a game related backdrop that doesn't require the reviewer to go out and buy and/or make something.
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As someone who just started filming a YouTube series shot prominently in front of a wall of games, I just want to thank everyone for the slew of rational responses to this post.
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It's something that i don't like too.

The "wall 'o games" in the background, i just find distracting.
There's so much stuff and with so many colors and shapes, it attracts your view. During these videos, i keep looking at the wall... and not at the person actually presenting his review which should be the focus of attention.

Those very few videos that DON'T use the wall 'o games are also generally considered some of the best. Rodney Smith is able to get more of your attention and explain the games better in part BECAUSE you are not constantly distracted by the background.

Chaz Marler (from Pair of Dice Paradise), has also much more interesting blogs because he uses a simple blue and white background. You focus your attention on what he has to say. Not on his gaming collection.

Having a custom background for shooting also goes a long way into making your video looks professional. The Dice Tower crew keeps doing videos that look amateurish, despite the fact that they probably are the crew that has the most experience. In Tom's recent top 100, he used outdoor locations at his local Zoo to shoot. These videos incidently looked much more professional than those made in his "studio" with the wall 'o games.
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I like the wall of games. I think it is more awkward to just watch someone talking into the camera in their random kitchen or living room. The wall of games seems a logical context to me.

It also isn't as distracting to me as "man on the street" things. I don't like, for example, when Tom is out at the zoo, Niagara Falls or on his street. I always pay attention to what is going on in the background, like the different cars going down his street or his neighbor taking out his trash.

So, I'm all for the wall of games.

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Rodney Smith is able to get more of your attention and explain the games better in part BECAUSE you are not constantly distracted by the background.


He has his games behind him, doesn't he? At least, I know I've seen it in some videos.

Different strokes, I guess.

I get freaked out when he does Final Thoughts with the close up of his face. I'd rather he was in front of his games.

(And as I said, I can't stand "Tom at the zoo" videos. I saw a recent one with Jason that just looked stilted. I'd rather they just sat at the table in front of their games and told me what they think.)

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Street cred, obviously



Also the many things folks have pointed out.


Never occured to me that this could borther me, but I guess I will have to reconsider after this post ;p
 
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