Love him or hate him (or just kind of… ignore him), Wil Wheaton has been a massive influence in the increased popularity of tabletop games. Stacy Conradt on Mental Floss explores the effect this hirsute individual has had on sales throughout the USA.
He told Fortune:
“We started getting emails and phone calls from game shop owners and publishers because they were not prepared for the explosion of sales that they had. They wanted to know if we could let them know a little bit in advance when an episode was going to air, so that they could stock up. . . . We have looked at sales figures from the big game distributors, and it’s pretty cool. People see our show and then you just watch the spike in the sales. And for a lot of games the only reason that spike trails off is because the game sells out and they have to take time to make another printing.”
Interesting reading at mentalfloss.com .