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Do you buy games because you love gaming or because you're addicted to shopping and/or collecting things?

I've noticed some people have hundreds of games they never intend on playing. Many of their games are still in the shrink wrap, or rarely get played, yet they are buying even more; whereas others game regularly and may have a much smaller collection.
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Hundred threads on this already if you're bored and noone answers you here.

I love shopping/geting deals on/collecting things I want to use. Best of both worlds. I am limited by the number of people lining up at my door asking to play my games. (Zero)
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scifiantihero wrote:
Hundred threads on this already if you're bored and noone answers you here.


I thought about that after I made the thread. whistle

Thanks for the heads up though and the comment!
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A lot of people here also have hundreds of games and actually do play them, keeping the ones they will continue to play and getting rid of the ones they won't. I game pretty much every evening, even if it's just for 20 minutes, and I've played some 95% of the games in my collection.

Now if you want me to discuss my real "wall of shame" I could discuss the number of books I own that I still haven't read. blush
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I'm definitely a gamer.

There are several games I would like to get but I know there'd be very little chance of getting them played so I don't bother.

Oh, and I've played all my games!
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If other people would play more you wouldn't be asking me this question...

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Honestly, I started as a gamer and by the time passed, I realized I spend more time reading rule books and watching Rahdo & friends videos than actually playing games.

I don't have time to play, and my girlfriend don't like board games as much as I do so when the children are asleep I fill my need for gaming by watching videos, browsing kickstarter and reading rule books of games I don't get to play.

I have more than 30 games in my collection I never played. But none of them still in shrink. I like to unwrap, unpunched and organize them too much. Then after, I put them back on the shelf.

I like to do math trades too.

So i'm more a shopaholic i think!
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cbazler wrote:


Now if you want me to discuss my real "wall of shame" I could discuss the number of books I own that I still haven't read. blush


Funny thing is I also have a bunch of books I have yet to read. I even have library books, that are now due back, which I haven't even touched.
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When I first started a couple of years ago I bought a couple of games a month because I had nothing to play. Then I realized I had no one but my wife to play with on a regular basis. Now I'm thinning my collection and adding to it slowly and strategically.

Although the actual game playing is the main purpose and draw, I also like researching(to death), shopping, waiting, receiving, opening, punching, learning, teaching, and finally playing the games. The whole process of getting a new game is fun. I also like upgrading, expanding and even creating custom inserts for the games.
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*twitch* *twitch*

ARE YOU SAYING I HAVE A PROBLEM!?! I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM!!
YOU HAVE A PROBLEM, NOT ME! I HAVE JUST ENOUGH GAM....


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I used to be both, but I quit cold turkey...



... the shopaholic part, not the gaming part. I got to the point where I was just buying $100+ worth of games to get the free shipping and not playing 80% of them.

I stopped buying board games in October of 2015, and have only received them as gifts or birthday presents. Every once in a while I feel this nagging pain like I want to go buy some more (usually when I see something really interesting in the Hotness list), but so far I've passed the willpower checks.
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Does anyone believe that focusing more on buying than gaming has more to do with the deteriorating face-to-face social connections of today's age?

Just a thought...
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InfinityReborn wrote:
Does anyone believe that focusing more on buying than gaming has more to do with the deteriorating face-to-face social connections of today's age?

Just a thought...

Maybe yes, maybe no. I think people are just so excited about games that they want to buy a million of them, but it's a niche hobby (picking up popularity, sure, but still not extremely wide spread, as opposed to watching movies or reading books). And unlike many hobbies, our hobby relies largely on having others to enjoy it with -sans solo games- and not everyone wants to play these types of games. I think most of us as gamers really want to play games with other people. Even for the antisocial ones, it's a way to interact without feeling awkward.

To answer the original question, I am more of a player than a shopper. I got caught up into the shop-shop-shop thing for a while, but when I see games not getting much love on my shelf it makes me sad, so I try to buy only games I think will get played a lot. Still, I find myself buying a new game just about every month whether I mean to or not. So maybe a little bit of a shopaholic? But I do play my games! Nothing in my collection is still in shrink.
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My name is Brant, and I'm a game-o-holic.

Oh wait, this is shopoholics, I'm in the wrong room!
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InfinityReborn wrote:
Does anyone believe that focusing more on buying than gaming has more to do with the deteriorating face-to-face social connections of today's age?

Just a thought...
No.

Overwhelmingly, people who buy board games still play board games. Face to face isn't really an issue for them (solo gamers excepted, but even they aren't contributing to social decline).

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InfinityReborn wrote:
Does anyone believe that focusing more on buying than gaming has more to do with the deteriorating face-to-face social connections of today's age?

Just a thought...


I'd say it has more to do with conditioned, emotionally reactive marketing than anything. We are all conditioned to react emotionally to everything in our world.
It's marketing like this that creates compulsive buying patterns. Companies play on impulsiveness and emotions to generate sales. If they didn't people would think for too long before making a purchase, and likely they would lose a sale.

This is today's world. The best you can do is try not to fall into the emotional reaction pit, and look at purchases through a lens of logic - how often will I play this? Do I really need another '__________' type of game? Is this game too similar to what I already have?

If advertisers allowed you enough time to think about those things, and stopped conditioning people from a very young age to be impulsive, and reactive, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
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Ghool wrote:
InfinityReborn wrote:
Does anyone believe that focusing more on buying than gaming has more to do with the deteriorating face-to-face social connections of today's age?

Just a thought...


I'd say it has more to do with conditioned, emotionally reactive marketing than anything. We are all conditioned to react emotionally to everything in our world.
It's marketing like this that creates compulsive buying patterns. Companies play on impulsiveness and emotions to generate sales. If they didn't people would think for too long before making a purchase, and likely they would lose a sale.

This is today's world. The best you can do is try not to fall into the emotional reaction pit, and look at purchases through a lens of logic - how often will I play this? Do I really need another '__________' type of game? Is this game too similar to what I already have?

If advertisers allowed you enough time to think about those things, and stopped conditioning people from a very young age to be impulsive, and reactive, we wouldn't be having this conversation.


Great comment.

I agree wholeheartedly. Buying is largely an emotional thing. I remember reading an article refuting the whole "buying a home is a good investment" belief. The author actually went on to show how most people buy homes based on what is called "the pride of ownership"; which as you just said is more emotional than economical.
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jobby wrote:


There are several games I would like to get but I know there'd be very little chance of getting them played so I don't bother.


Has been my struggle for the past 2 years but can say I have done very well so far in 2017.
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I am definitely a gamer, but I have been buying way more games lately than I will be likely to play for quite a while, and I am a wee bit ashamed of it. The only two things I will say in my defense are

1) that I always look for bargains--I buy used games or clearance games primarily from eBay, Craigslist, or this site's market. And I sell games I don't think I'll ever play again.

2) I like to think I am "laying down a wine cellar" of games for my kids. My son, 6 is way more into video games, but my daughter is 10 and is just now, very slowly, beginning to get into board games. I am planning and hoping for a time when we are a little more mature and ready to sit down for a few hours of intense gaming.
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This year I'm a gamer. I will probably buy only one game this year. If I get a windfall that will change.
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I love gaming.

Even when I was a kid, stuck in a small town in the pre-internet world and with no realistic access to hobby 'zines and their mail order temptations, I still bought quite a few games. Several a year. All new at retail.

Now, with greater disposable income, ready access to a worldwide secondary market and the ability to comparison shop numerous outlets, and the pricing advantage increased competition, direct retailing, and increased consumer access brings ... hell, yes, I buy more games.

And yes, a portion of the purchases are in the collecting vein.

I play games daily, enjoy all aspects of games, their design and manufacture.

And no, not a shopaholic.

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InfinityReborn wrote:
Does anyone believe that focusing more on buying than gaming has more to do with the deteriorating face-to-face social connections of today's age?

Just a thought...


Participating in the whole hobby exposes board gamers to new games all the time. Podcasts and video reviews are about new products. The site is filled with ads and content about the newest releases. If you dig further into the Geeklists, forums, and board game rankings, you run across information about thousands of games that you likely do not own.

All of these investigative activities of the hobby can be done individually. Playing games however most frequently requires organizing groups together to play. So, it is easier to look into board games (and then purchase them) than it is to play them.

You end up with people who buy games then because they want to play them, but even with the best intentions they often don't have enough time or opportunities to do so.
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I am definitely a gamer, but I have been buying way more games lately than I will be likely to play for quite a while, and I am a wee bit ashamed of it.


This is something I just don't understand.

I can sort of understand why someone might be proud of or have a sense of achievement from having played every game he or she owns.

But I don't understand why such an achievement seems to enable some sense of moral superiority (implied by tonality and subtext) over people who have not chosen to play every game they own.

Likewise, I don't understand why anyone would feel shame at owning a game he or she hasn't yet played.

And I don't understand why the repeated emphasis on this binary partition between "gamer" and "collector."

Do I have some sort of character defect?

Do I need enlightenment of some sort?

Is collecting now a bad thing?

Why is just playing a better thing?

I read these threads in an attempt for enlightenment, but so far that's proven elusive.
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I have lots of games that would be impossible to play over time. My defense is that I read rulebook like others read normal books.
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