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Help me find some True Fans

By on September 29, 2011
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For the introduction for one of the books I am writing, I need to find some real, honest-to-goodness true fans in the worlds of games, music, books and films.

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(I’m using true fans instead of whales. See my post on Whales, True Fans and the Ethics of Free-to-play games for the reasons why.)

So that is why I need your help. I would like an example of:

  • Someone who has spent over £1,000 on a single game. The game can by a social game, an MMO, a series like Modern Warfare, anything, really. It can be about paying money to attend BlizzCon or on buying Collector’s Editions or by splurging on Tower Bux in Tiny Tower.
  • Someone who has spent over £1,000 on a single band, although at least half of it needs to be physical items, not just attending gigs. So I’m looking for someone who bought an autographed album on eBay, owns the boxed sets, has T-shirts from every tour and so on
  • Someone who has spend over £1,000 on a single author: Someone who owns Terry Pratchett memorabilia or paid to hear Neil Gaiman speak or owns signed copies of every book by John Grisham, Bernard Cornwell, Lee Childs, Chris Anderson, anything
  • Television: I’m looking for superfans of Buffy, of The Wire, of Firefly, of The West Wing

If you can think of someone, but aren’t sure if they’ve spent only, say, £500, that’s fine. The key that I am trying to prove, with anecdotal evidence a la Malcolm Gladwell, is that there are plenty of people, in all aspects of the entertainment industry, whose engagement with content that they love is vastly more than spending £10 on an album, £40 on a game or £25 on a boxed DVD set.

So please, if you can think of anyone, let me know at [email protected]. Please don’t skip past this. I am under a certain amount of time pressure and I need four or five great examples, from all walks of life, in the next couple of weeks.

Keep those emails coming. It will really be a great help.

Thank you.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: thecurveonline.com
  • I must be the Antithesis to brands. Even my fandom of Aphex Twin or reggae I would prefer not to spend $.

  • Andre

    I am a true fan of the Street Fighter series, and will defend that to the death. Games, movies (yes, even the horrible live action one), posters, action figures, cards. There is no dollar amount that will stop me from being a fan. I’ve purchased Street Fighter 2 many times on multiple consoles so that I may play it at anytime. I just wish the animated series, movies, and cutscenes did the franchise more justice.

  • Clr64

    I have spent well over 1000 dollars on the Star Wars franchise – starting at age 13 through age 47. Toys, books, puzzles, comics, collectibles.  Of course this is an easy one as there are probably millions that have done that.  I’ve also spent a decent amount of money on Firefly although to my dismay there is very little in merchandise out there for the Firefly fan.  I have also consistently spent money on Star Trek, Futurama, and The Simpsons

  • For the purposes of the illustration I am aiming for, yes, it needs to be a true fan of a specific brand. I’m trying to show that even in a world of piracy, it is possible to make a living as a content creator by finding your true fans.

    Whereas you are, in this example, a true fan of an industry.

  • For the purposes of the illustration I am aiming for, yes, it needs to be a true fan of a specific brand. I’m trying to show that even in a world of piracy, it is possible to make a living as a content creator by finding your true fans.

    Whereas you are, in this example, a true fan of an industry.

  • I love the Warhammer setting. But we have the statues because they’re utterly geeky and gaming-related, not because they’re Warhammer-related. I do have a pewter Blood Bowl dwarf-team at 150€ and an Eldar army at around 200€ worth, but some of my other boardgames are even more expensive. 🙂
    Hmm. To be a True Fan, does it HAVE to be of a specific product or brand? My interest is (focussed enough, though) still rather broad with a vast selection of different products. I’d honestly still consider myself a True Fan and potentially even a Whale when it comes to board- and computergames as games in general.

  • A true fan of games (or perhaps of Kickstarter). But for this purpose, I really need someone who loves a particularly brand.

  • Not even a Warhammer fan?

  • Would you count someone who has funded multiple game projects on Kickstarter a True Fan?

  • Considering I have two giant life-size Warhammer statues (a Chosen and a Witchhunter) in my entrance room, five high-end and several middle-end PCs, three Xboxes (don’t ask) and a 3 meter WCG banner in my home, I’d absolutely consider myself a True Fan of games, but not of a particular title. Probably not exactly what you’re looking for, though.