7 Reasons Why We All Love Trading Card Games
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7 Reasons Why We All Love Trading Card Games


– If you grew up in ’90s, you’re probably familiar with
collectible trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon
or Magic, The Gathering. You either participated in them yourself or you probably knew
somebody else who did, and for good reason. These games have been around for decades and each with great levels of success. Magic, The Gathering reportedly
generates over $300 million in annual revenue, the Pokemon Company turns over 2 billion Pokemon cards per year, and Konami has sold over
25 billion Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. In fact, according to a study in 2017, over 9.1 million people
actively play or trade with some type of
collectible trading card. So as you can probably tell,
this is no small niche. Trading cards have become
a worldwide phenomenon. But the question that I wanna
answer into today’s video is why? What is it about these
cardboard rectangles with pretty pictures and
maybe a little bit of foiling that attracts so many people to spend so much money and time on them? Well, after a bit of
research and consideration, along with playing Yu-Gi-Oh!
myself for nearly 20 years, I think I’ve boiled
down seven main reasons why people like trading
card games so much. At the core of every one
of these trading card games is the collectible aspect. Cards typically come in
a tiered rarity system that makes some cards just
more desirable than others, even the same card just
in a non foil rarity. But not every card game player wants to amass a huge collection of rare cards. Some people are only looking
for very specific cards and they want to trade, buy,
or sell in order to get those. Trading, as you guys know, is the act of two people exchanging cards of the same perceived value, but sometimes cards aren’t actually traded for other cards at all. With the blooming popularity
of trading card games, some cards are simply worth so much that it’s not practical or feasible to trade other cards for them. So, how do we fix this? With the great equalizer itself
and the root of all evil, money.
(cash register ringing) Well known websites like eBay and Amazon, as well as specialty
websites like TCGPlayer, allow us to place cash
values on trading card, and it’s where the majority of
trading takes place nowadays. What this creates are two
different types of collectors, there are collectors who keep card with the intention of holding on to them, potentially forever. There are also collectors who get cards with the intention of letting
them sit and accrue values so they can then trade or sell
them away later for a profit. These people are often called vendors and they’re not at all
uncommon in the community, people who buy and sell cards on a daily at events, local card
shops, that sort of thing. There are even legendary cards worth 10s or even hundreds
of thousands of dollars. For example, in Magic, The Gathering, there’s the infamous black Lotus, a card that’s been long
since banned from play, but is worth over $20,000 and is seen as a sort of
status symbol in the community. A lot like the thrill of
throwing all of your money into a slot machine and
hoping to see sevens lineup, trading card games also have their own sort of lottery system. I like to think the most
accurate comparison to gambling in card games is the famous
Japanese Gacha! system, where you put your money
into a small machine and random prize comes out. This same system has seen loads of success in the mobile gaming world. And it’s not very different
in trading card games. In fact, it’s the basis for
how booster packs tend to work. A typical booster pack
might cost three to $4, and contain anywhere from
nine to 11 cards per pack. You’re guaranteed common cards, and maybe some uncommon cards, but getting the rare cards
is elusive and difficult, and thus requires you to
purchase more and more packs in the hopes of finally
getting a card that you want, or at least a card that’s more
valuable than what you paid. This Gacha! system relies
on creating an expectation for a rare or flashy item and the dobutamine kit you get when you finally pull a rare prize. Even if the prize that you get isn’t the one that you wanted, it’s the idea that it could have been, and the fact that you can try again, which is usually more than
enough to keep people buying. Even if you’re not very familiar
with trading card games, you’ve probably seen a Pokemon
or a Yu-Gi-Oh! booster pack in a bookstore, a grocery
store, a department store, or even a pharmacy. For some competitive minded players, the idea of having to
go and purchase packs and hope to pull the cards
you want seems tedious, but for more casual
players or newer players, the rush is a lot of fun. And no matter what, getting the cards means that you are going to spend some amount of money, which makes booster packs a staple of all the trading card games. For most people, the feeling
of stopping by Walmart or Target or at your local game store after school or work, and just spending a couple of dollars to pick up one or two
packs and see what you pull can be a really fun rush, and it’s especially exciting when you just randomly get a card that you weren’t expecting, especially if it ends up
being really valuable. Card games are a little bit different than other competitive games, like a fighting game or a shooter. In card games, we’ll get
some basic guidelines, like how many cards we can
play at most in our deck, or maybe a few cards that you can only use
certain numbers of copies of, but for the most part, you kind of just get free reign over the cards and
strategies that you use. From the outside looking in, it might seem a little bit weird to compare trading card
game to a fighting game, but it actually makes
a little bit of sense if you think of a fighting
game character’s kit as a deck of cards that’s a little bit randomized
each time you play them. I’ll get a little bit
more on that in a second, but in terms of customization, I would say that trading card games have fighting games beat. Unlike other games where
customization might just be limited to a skin or a play style, in trading card games
you get 40 to 60 cards that you completely get to decide on, and that’s not even
including cosmetic options for things like sleeves,
deck boxes, and playmats. The best way to describe it is if you were playing Street Fighter and you were able to
choose what techniques were you could perform, tuning is normal, and special attacks into
exactly the moves that you like. This depth of customization lets us form our own sense of identity with our trading card decks, and it usually enables
quirky tech card choices and unique strategies that
might go against the grain of the existing competitive field. So, we all know that
games are a lot of fun, but we don’t go committing
hundreds and hundreds of hours into playing them just for fun. More times than not, we fall in love with the
strategic elements of a game and the way that those
factor into how you win. For some people, it’s
as simple as a strategy that their deck uses to
reach its win condition. For many others, strategy
includes the in game and even the physiological
elements that you can use to predict what your
opponent will do next. Take it a bit further, trading card games allow you to bluff, and cause your opponent to make mistakes that might end up costing them the game. For this reason, it’s
oftentimes the strategies that aren’t written directly
on the cards themselves that provide the most gratifying
feeling of satisfaction for players when they win. You can always win a game through reaching your deck’s
prescribed win condition, but reaching victory by
bluffing your opponent or out playing them just makes the victory
feel that much sweeter. It might be a bit of a stretch to say, but in terms of strategy, you can compare a lot
of card games to chess, with your deck’s win
condition being checkmate, and each card that you play basically being a piece on the board. So, I previously compared
trading card games and fighting games, and I feel that the similarities become a lot more pronounced when you start talking about competition. Card games are typically played at a few different levels of competition. There’s the super casual level where you’re just starting out and playing with a
small group of friends. There’s the casual and
semi competitive level at your local card shop for instance, and then finally there’s
the competitive level, where you start competing at regional, national, or even international events with some of the best players
from around the world. Like any other competitive game, card games oftentimes will
have what’s called a meta game. That’s to say, certain strategies and card
choices will be more successful and thus become more popular with players, while less popular more niche strategies eventually fall to the bottom. Truly adept players can
level what they know about the meta game to utilize different tech cards and make unexpected
strategies and decisions that blindside their competition. A lot of people like to
think that trading card games can’t possibly be competitive because of the luck elements that are existed in these games, but it’s a rare occurrence
when a less prepared player can beat a more prepared player
in a full tournament match, and believe me when I say prevailing in a tournament feels amazing regardless of what game you’re playing. Contrary to what the memes might tell you, trading card games are
actually an excellent source of face to face interaction. Unlike most video games where there’s really only
a voice or a text chat to communicate with other players, card games, at in real life, have to be played with
a physical opponent. Because of this social style of gameplay, many of us end up making plenty of friends while we play trading card games, some of whom we might end
up traveling to events with, and we might end up competing with people that we would have never met otherwise. Granted, this might have
changed a little bit with the release of
things like Hearthstone or even Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelings, but the basic principles still apply. In fact, for many people, weekly meetup to local
card shops or libraries are just a regular part of their routine. Perhaps this is a bit of a darker side, but you could say that trading card games provide an avenue for socialization that many people just wouldn’t
have gotten otherwise. And last but not least, trading card games are just fun. Players get to form a deep
and personal connection with the cards that they play. Along the way, you’ll learn plenty of life lessons, you’ll suffer some painful defeats, and you’ll get to grow as a person. I almost feel like
playing trading card games is sort of like a journey. You start off as a casual newbie who’s just getting their
feet wet in the game, and by the end of your journey, you’re a seasoned veteran who’s able to teach others how to play the game. Of course, we wouldn’t do
anything it wasn’t fun, but it’s great that games like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic, The
Gathering, and plenty of others offer a truly unique experience that’s just not quite like
playing any other game. This video was sponsored by YGORed. YGORed is a website that
makes deck building a cinch. You can find virtually any
deck you’re looking to build, and that even includes the latest decklists from tournaments. It’s never been easier to take a deck file from Yu-Gi-Oh! Pro or Dueling
book straight to real life. YGORed’s importing and exporting features combined with its always
updating card prices, makes it one of the
most reliable resources for deck builders, and has a smooth and easy to use interface that almost seems like it
would be great as a mobile app. It’s available on both iOS and Android. Check out the links in
the video description for more information. And that’s the video. Hopefully you guys enjoyed
and learn a thing or two about trading card games
and why they’re so popular. Maybe you’ll even consider
picking one up for yourself. Anyways, if you enjoyed the video, be sure to give the video
a like and subscribe, and I’ll see you guys in the next one. Pastern. (upbeat music)

100 Comments

  • Team APS

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  • Poi

    Been playing for 3 years now.

    -Love the card arts
    -Love the interaction cards have
    -Love the abilities of rogue decks outshining meta now and then
    – love the community and ability to find new friends.
    – love easy card accessabillity
    – and i love all of you who share these thoughts

  • Azrael

    ppl love games and games have a nature to them that is similar to gambling large amount of money translated as virtual games and the currency replanced with skills and the chance replaced with time and space and near infinite probability everything else is just a toy

  • Tribal Dragon132

    I play both fighting games as someone who has since he was a kid and yu gi oh just as a casual player again the past year I still pick fighting games over yu gi oh because I know how to punish and play the games properly and have fun still yeah I lose still everyone does lose now and then even the best but when it comes to yu gi oh there is a point where I just give up as the way most cards work and the way people can just get a full board of cards and negates so you cant do nothing at all makes it boring sometimes like I said I know you cant win all the time but yu gi oh can be really unfair. As for fighting games like my favourite for years and years since I was a kid is tekken unlike street fighter which is broken but tekken is a balanced game that has unique fighting styles based on real ones and some other styles and has a good punish system that you'd have to get used to at first but even casual people can have with it too and actually play and do something. Sorry for the essay you guys are still great to watch but you mentioned fighting games so had to say something this time lol 🖒

  • Manny, lol

    5:25

    It's interesting because there used to be a mobile spin off of the Tekken franchise called Tekken Card Tournament. I pray every night that it comes back

  • Eric V

    I played card games like yugioh, pokemon, and duel masters when I was a kid with friends because it was fun and they all played. Up until recently I played vanguard with my friends because I enjoyed playing it but didn't really have anything better to do. Most of the card games I played were casual with friends. Yugioh and vanguard I played more competitively. Yugioh I played for roughly 10 years doing locals and some regional type events and vanguard I've been playing for 8 years doing locals and regionals(singles and teams). I don't regret the time I spent playing card games I just regret the amount of money I spent. I'm just not really into card games as much anymore just playing vanguard and yugioh very casually so I don't have to spend a lot of money. However I did recently buy a box of ignition assault, 1st box of yugioh I ever bought and pulled lightning storm so that was pretty cool

  • Lord of the Glass Cube

    What I love so much about tcgs is the science, there's so much science in building a deck. I've spent a lot of time working on decks to make them as good as possible, and I am rewarded by being the best at my school

  • Messages In a bottle

    Elemental HERO Neos And Galaxy-Eyes photon Dragon are my favorite cards I follow yugioh in the hopes one day the meta will let them be viable

  • Darnell5000

    Awesome video. Honestly if I didn't have any other hobbies I'd probably get back into seriously playing Yugioh or another game but I just don't have the extra money and haven't had people to play with since middle school so it was easy to sort of fall off. I still like collecting though and watching vids but since I'm not playing I'm more likely to just buy singles that catch my eye.

  • Austen Sipes

    I remember when pokemon cards first came out, every store from k-mart to toysrus were sold out for months and being so jealous of my friends at my daycare who got the cards. first time I got them was with my step brother, and he pulled a charizard. I will never stop loving the trading card game i grew up with.

    Waiting for more Larry in the hole

  • Aqua Chicken

    About 5 years into my own Yu-Gi-Oh! experience, and I’ve been watching Team APS since the very beginning. The quality in y’all’s videos has increased INSANELY and I love how much help your YouTube channel and other in the community has been to my enjoyment of this game❤️

  • Frin Dovah

    I play magic and yugioh, both are fun and diversity makes it more fun, and this sounds like a documentary, a well made one but, at that, a good one

  • Apoc Sentinel

    Yo where my Bushiroad games at? Weiss is where its at! Also Dragonball Super and Duel Masters are imo top tier

  • d- manz

    I love playing yugioh but my friends play magic so It took me a while to get use to learning a new card game but now I love playing both magic and yugioh(mainly yugioh)

  • 1ZzDragonzZ 1

    Man,I just love internally screaming,”GO MY BLUES WHITE DRAGON AtAcK!!!” and the feeling of finally getting my boi Blue eye out.

  • UnicornGod423 _

    I honestly believe that there is no such person as someone who “used to be really into card games but then I stopped” not someone who was ACTUALLY really in them as an older person at least. I’ve been “retired” from Yugioh for the past 2-3 years or so in that I haven’t bought a ton of product haven’t gone to events and don’t play as much. But notice I said haven’t bought a TON of product and haven’t played AS much. I still follow and watch tons of yugitubers here I still play online hell every now and again some of my old buddies from the good old days bust out our cards and play again I mean I fucking bought a World Challice deck a few months ago. Card games are a life style and an amazing hobby and once you really dive into that you’ll never be exactly the same after

  • Joe Mana

    I am 13 and have been playing card games and collecting cards (mainly yu-gi-oh, some Pokémon when I was younger) since i was like 6. I have always loved the community, the cards and the anime’s. But my favorite part is by far the strategy, I always strive to make my deck stronger and imply strong strategy while having fun and hopefully winning. Overall, channels like this have helped me loads with building my deck and just learning the game in general. Also the skits and all the fun are nice too. keep up the good work and thank you for all the help and memories

  • Csotka F

    who has such a low IQ to say card games can't be competitive because of luck? FPS games are luck based too because it's just all about that who saws who first, or who is behind the other guy

  • JAYSON MISA

    I love to duel because I love to create something new.my big challenge is to create something new not copy to other decks.

  • Cardy

    I have to say I REALLY liked this video. It was super informative. I think if someone asked me what my hobby is I would definitely show that person this video.

  • Tristan Bentzinger

    I can guarantee each TCG player has their own identity within their decks. There will always be that one strategy or card that finds it's way into their decks.

    Everyone I play with have come to expect every deck I make to have some level of Jank in them. Jank has become my signature, and a few of my friends look forward to seeing what weird crap I concoct!

  • Professor Funk

    They are TANGIBLE.

    I've played too many mobile games that have been discontinued. For all that time, effort and money to just vanish, it feels like garbage. Think that you'll never see those characters you collected or skins you bought ever again.

    Trading card games in contrast are real physical things and continue to hold some kind of value after you stop playing. Maybe it's monetary, maybe it's sentimental, maybe you can pass them to your kids one day.

    Even if Konami shut down the cards and their art will survive. I think that counts for a lot compared to a mobile gatcha game.

  • Drazork

    Juego gracias a mi hermano mayor, e jugado Magic con mi mazo artefacto, yigioh con el Zombie Y Pokemon Fuego, Mitos y leyenda con un Caballero olímpico ✌ .

  • MachineEmperor

    I play Yugioh, Vanguard and Buddyfight with buddyfight being my main game next to vanguard then yugioh.

    I love the artwork, gameplay styles and interactions you can have during the game and you can kind of understand how an opponent might be depending on how they interact with you or what gameplay style they operate.

  • Walrus McTusky

    Been playing yugioh religiously since 05 and magic since 07 card game are awesome great video guys couldn’t have said it better myself

  • Oconner7

    As a Magic Edh player, Tcg is one of the best things I invest time and money on it, some people wont understand how a piece of paper has value but we still go and buy our foil ultrarare or in my case a copy of Mana crypt to upgrade our decks and feel amazing when we show up with that card on our gamestore or with our friends, long life to tcg games.

  • W0lfbane Shika

    In short: It's Cardboard Gambling on Motorcycles – you either like it or you don't.
    Only difference from regular gambling is you don't play for money, usually.

  • Lamar Houston

    Yu-Gi-Oh red didn't show up in the play store for me and the link tells me that it isn't available for my pixel 4 xl. Oof

  • Erin McCarthy

    I started out in yugioh! Dabbled very little in Pokémon. And I just recently since September 2018 I got into Magic!!!! And I collect my favorites all the time!!! Nothing for profit lol just nostalgia or what I like. Yeh I’m the one that holds on to them forever

  • Josh Mason

    Been waiting for so many videos to come from this channel that are meant to be In the works, kinda sad to see this video tbh :/

  • Oscar

    For me it has been how the interaction of the card works or how the game plays. But i also enjoy the actual feel of having them in my hands

  • headstrong29

    To add on to point 3

    Deck building/customization is the most personal aspect of card games. The sleeves, mat, dice, deck box and individual cards are completely in your control and it's ultimately what others will first see. It's like choosing the clothes you wear any given day. Do you want a more professional look, or a relaxed one? Maybe something athletic or even ceremonial. It's how you present yourself to the world and potentially, how your own mentality is affected. Even at the highest level of competition, there is a subtle customization option in card choice that may end up taking the entire event by storm. It's personally my favorite option and what I easily spend the most time on.

    And if anyone thinks card games can't be competitive, just look at Poker and Blackjack. Same competitive fundamentals at it's core, only without an anti-meta,

  • Joaquin Cachonegrete

    You have a great voice for this maybe sit in a desk and film or stand next to a table full of cards too give the video a more professional look

  • lewis poxon

    Loved this video been playing yugion for about fifteen years now started off as bad as you could get but now I've started a group and I'm constantly teaching new people how to play a game we all love trading card games mean alot to alot of people love the vids

  • Demonic Queen

    I Legit Play Yu-Gi-Oh Because Of The Anime: It Gave Me A Story Behind The Cards And A REASON To Play The Game,That Other Card Games (Such As Pokemon) Simply Don't. I'm Very Story Driven,So It's Nice To Be Able To Do Things Like Simply Look At My Egyptian God Cards And Know All The Lore Behind Them And What They Are Within Their Universe That I Now Get A Piece Of.

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