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Subject: What correlates with "board game"? Give up? rss

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Tom Chappelear
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Okay, so I've been a serious boardgamer for about 15 years now, ever since discovering BGG after buying a copy of Acquire at a tag sale. I have proselytized, taught friends and family, created a few stable gaming groups--including my very own personal group featuring my 7-year old son (favorite games: Glory to Rome and Galaxy Trucker).

So it can be easy to forget how board games are viewed in the larger culture. I was over at Google Correlate today--the amazing widget that shows which search terms best correlate with a given term, based on time (or region).

So, what do you think best correlates with "board game" in the US?


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"bubble lights"

Really? I knew that many board games are given as holiday gifts, but look here at the frequency of the search term. It's about as seasonal an item as you can find, with huge spikes--fourfold increases--in early December. It's not even regular Christmas lights, either, but old-timey nostalgic lights.

Other highly correlated terms are similar--"cabinet radio", "train display", "bayberry candles". Geez, we are securely situated with gramps on a rocker playing checkers over an old barrel, aren't we?

By the way, after reading a complaint about the treatment of CCGs here at the Geek, I was curious how highly correlated "MTG" and "board games" were. They weren't anywhere on each others' lists, but I did find a wonderful bit of information for all the haters out there.

The search term best correlated with "MTG"?
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"cause diarrhea"

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