December 24, 2002

A Xmas Rant

What better way to celebrate xmas pending than by being a grinch. :-)

I was alerted by the most honorable Louis Wu and fellow BORG member Ghôlsbane over at sister site, HBO that Bungie is soliciting opinions on what kind of swag to offer at the Bungie online store.

Can you blame me for letting them know how I feel? :) Don't get me wrong, I love the mugs, but dammit I want something of more substance!

Read on for the full text of my post to their thread over at the underground.

This is ep. 25 of Miguel's Tough Love.

I'll cut to the chase: I've had it **up to here** with the mugs! They were cute when you guys were low-brow Chicago, but come on, honestly, HOW MANY OF US ACTUALLY USE MUGS? I have a wife that's pissed that I've filled a kitchen cabinet with a bunch of Bungie mugs! OK, maybe a few of them are being used as pencil holders, but honestly, please stop with what I consider a wasted effort in bringing us more mugs. I was really disappointed when I saw that grunt mug on the webcam. It feels so 'yesterday.'

As soon as CafePress made it cheap and easy to make a mug, it's become frivolous, in my opinion, to continue to offer mugs as some sort of cool item for sale. I mean, if you feel the need to continue to offer them, that's fine, but they should not be a 'top tier' item. Even the shirts should fall under the "Well, if you're on a budget, you can at least buy a shirt or a mug" category.

My feeling is that the Bungie fan is the kind of person that understands that Bungie is on a mission... a mission to take over the world. A mug is not exactly a proper 'in-yer-face' exclamation of such a plan. Bungie gear should move forward, and be something that lends itself to visibility among the un-initiated.

Like others have posted here, I'm hoping for an evolution in Bungie gear. Let's open up the coffers and REALLLLLLY offer some serious Bungie swag.

Here's a ranked list I came up with:

12 - Bumper Stickers
11 - Keychains
10 - Calendars
09 - Diorama Kits (perforated paper)
08 - Refrigerator Magnets
06 - Cloisonne pins
05 - Pewter Figures
04 - Lithograph posters, (signed/unsigned, limited/open editions)
03 - Plushies (talking, etc.)
02 - Poseable/articulated Action Figures
01 - Action Figures/models (characters from your games, gun models, spaceships, etc.)
00 - Diorama Kits (real miniatures)

They are ranked in both 'cool factor' and (by my estimation) price. Traditional items, like wall posters, shirts, and yes, even the mugs, are in addition to the above list.

Yes, some of the items are a cheesy, but that's an opportunity for Bungie to turn it into 'Bungie Cheese!' How neat would it be to own a talking Grunt plushie where Joe throws out a "Your Mom" line? Or a fridge magnet of an Elite cupping the Sarge's ass?

If Bungie can't figure out how to make some of the above work, then at the very least give me a mug that sez the following:

"I'm a Bungie fan and all I got was this lousy mug!"

This has been an episode of Tough Love, sponsored by Don't Shoot The Messenger, LLC, and I'm Not Yelling At You Corp.

Posted by bs at December 24, 2002 1:07 PM
Comments

Well -- maybe folks will finally get the reference? You have had quite a few puzzled after Louis made the comment. How come this rant wasn't propogated over BORGLIST?

Posted by: CYBRFRK on January 9, 2003 11:26 AM

Because you all should have BS as your home page, DUH! :)

Posted by: Miguel on January 9, 2003 11:36 AM

Bungie you should put halo wars for the computer.It can be on the 360 too,but i would like it to be on the computer.I bet that i am not the only one who thinks this.

Posted by: alex on September 10, 2007 7:17 PM

Bungie you should put halo wars for the computer.It can be on the 360 too,but i would like it to be on the computer.I bet that i am not the only one who thinks this.

Posted by: alex on September 10, 2007 7:17 PM
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