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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 8:06AM mmogaddict said

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In game collectables, like pets and things yes. Outside the game - couldn't care less.

It's a bit like communication - Official forums yes.... Twitter and Facebook - no and frankly rather unprofessional.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 11:30AM shadowghost21 said

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@mmogaddict

Not using facebook and twitter? Unprofessional? I think not. It's the best way to spread news because a large portion of the community uses social networking sites. I had my doubts too and I think it feels tacky but having worked in the programming business, I can tell you it's sorta of a 'must have.'

I personally sit on the forums too waiting for news and then get mad because they posted it to facebook.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 8:17AM Shoikler said

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Novels are a category apart for me, because almost all the books I read are based on other media, including TV series, movies, and yes, games. It's not even limited to properties I've watched/played.

Aside from those, I take it on a case-by-case basis. I have neither the money nor the space to get everything I might want, but sometimes something does just catch my eye and...

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 8:45AM Grizz said

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High detail wall maps or cloth maps are the only thing i seek out for out of game trinkets. Useful, and don't feel like the same vender crap they give away at trade show booths.

In-game on the other hand, I do drool over limited time items that allow you to show off you were a founding member. I.E. unique pets, clothing, or mounts.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 8:57AM Doughboy1917 said

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Funny that you mention comic books. City of Heroes used to send real comics to subscribers for the first year or so after release. Later, the comics were published by Top Cow. I have a nice stack of them.

The City of Villains collector's edition came with heroclix of the game's signature characters.

If I'm really into a game, I love all of that stuff and also tend to buy novels based on a game's lore. For some reason, I don't really care for statues.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 9:02AM Lucidus said

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The only really awesome real world "collectable" for an MMO I've seen are figureprints. It capped my time in Warcraft perfectly. I've always got a statue of my avatar and it finalized the game for me in a way I have no desire ever to resub.

You can do similar for any MMO if you can get your hands on the character model files and use a 3d printing service, I imagine.

Posted: Nov 18th 2011 5:26AM Mylamber said

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@Lucidus Awesome idea, thanks! i'm going to try that. I have several toons I want to turn into statues to commemorate my adventures in a retired game :)
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 9:05AM smartstep said

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No I don't care about things like that.

Though I don't mind them as long as they are NOT linked to mmorpg itself directly.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 11:14AM Borick said

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@smartstep Yep. I don't wish to rain on someone's parade, but in-game collectables are a waste of my time.

And that includes 'Achievements'.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 9:46AM Dabheid said

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In-game collectibles such as Hero armours, mini pets, rare weapons etc yes, Extras such as novels, comics, figurines etc...no. I have better things to do with my money.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 10:05AM ScottishViking said

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No. That kind of collateral is largely for suckers. ;)

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 10:52AM Tizmah said

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It'd have to be a very high quality lithograph poster or a soundtrack to get me interested. Otherwise it usually ends up at the bottom of my drawer until I clean it out and say, "Oh, I remember that." *Toss*

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 11:44AM Paradigm68 said

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No. Learned my lesson with Age of Conan. Not only was the game not worth the regular edition, but I remember opening up the map and spreading it out on the table when I sat down to play the game for the first time. Later realized the entire game was zoned and instanced making the map completely pointless.

Waste of money. Now not only do I not order CE's but I don't pre-order either and I'll only get a game if there is a post-launch free trial.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 12:21PM Cassius81 said

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I'm a little upset I went for standar edition for TOR rather than collectors and that is mostly for the in game store thingy. The only time I normally look at tie in stuff is books. Not much of a comic book reader but I do read a lot of books and many games have grat setting for novels.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 1:48PM oxlar said

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Nope.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 1:52PM Vandal said

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Art books are my weakness when it comes to MMO collectibles. I love seeing concept art from MMOs. It's fascinating seeing the images that inspired the 3D modelers and seeing how they were translated into the game. Even more fun are the concept art pieces of stuff that didn't make it into the game. (I do like in-game items too)

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 2:24PM Mikx said

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Warcraft is a bit different, but they've had a comic for years.

Comics, board game tie-ins, whatever I guess I don't mind. What I hate is those dumb figurines that are packaged with the games themselves.

They are basically really expensive Happy Meal toys. They're garbage.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 2:42PM drunkingamebar said

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Some people do take it very seriously, and really it's a good thing they do. I think it preserves a good chunk of our history and hobbies.

The reality is it's all junk, no matter how you spin it. You bet you ass a plastic figure will be worth something some day to some collector, but the price paid on x collected item can't be justified. It's garbage, that is all.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 4:55PM Space Cobra said

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I notice some commentors breaking it down into "in-game" items and "out-of-game" items.

I sorta do this, too, but mostly out of space limitations. But, I must admit, that doesn't work half the time.

It depends, but I will admit I am a sucker. I mostly go for "toys" and physical things that are related. The odd comic book series. It's much easier to go for in-game things, but I tend to go for Vanity; "I am a special snow-flake/butterfly!" ;P

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, since it means I have money) I tend to buy pre-orders with one game store who knows me; I actually prefer to hunt for sales and with certain games, delay buying them, but this store gives me lots of goodies they get that are either left-over or store promo items (I am into the ephemeral of gaming, like ads, arcade game flyers, etc.) I spend alot with them and they know and save things for me. They even hold things for me for a week (and even a month) if I don't pick it up (I tend to do all-in-one trips).

So yeah, even moreso than some commentors (who are listing things that come inside a box), I look for things that are available on store shelves or bundled up with other things (free in-game code with purchase of :insert any item here:).

Posted: Nov 18th 2011 6:40PM mattwo said

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Comics that feature actual player characters are always welcome for me. Regardless of whether or not I stand any chance of being in them.
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