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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?

Ready?

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"bubble lights"


Really? I knew that many board games are given as holiday gifts, but look here http://www.google.com/trends/correlate/search?e=board+game&t... 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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