Posted on June 7, 2007,

Gaming Trends That Need to Stop – "Fanboys"

With video games becoming more and more main-stream, is it possible that the creative output of the gaming industry will suffer? That’s a debate that requires some serious contemplation. It is the sort of debate held by business analysts that bore you with bar graphs and statistical analysis of financial successes regarding proven formulas. Screw that, let’s just be super critical and make fun of the developers. Off we go:

Example #7: “Fanboys”


From almost the birth of video-games themselves, gamers have had a choice. Will it be Nintendo or Sega? Do you love Sony or Microsoft? It is a battle that has plagued the gaming world for decades. Wars beyond count have been waged, where gamers voice the positive aspects of each system, with all the grace of angry cavemen.

What is it? What is this primal desire to prove to others that we have made the correct (and only feasible) choice? While this issue can be paralleled to other mediums, (Such as Ford vs. Dodge) video games seem to inspire the most dedicated fans. Let’s try to place a usual fan-boy argument into another medium, to see if the argument still holds value.

Fan1: Man, waffle cones are the best!

Fan2: Yeah right! Waffle bowls are far superior!

Fan1: WHAT?! The cone obviously is better, see how mobile it is? That clunky bowl of yours must weigh like 2342 lbs! lolz

Fan2: HARDLY! Look how much more content my bowl can hold! The capacity of my bowl exceeds your ugly cone by like 1.32 gigasprinkles.



I think that this parallel teaches us one important thing. Regardless of technical specifications or looks, the simple truth is that you are still eating ice-cream.

Worst Offenders: You, or maybe a friend of yours.

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5 Comments on Gaming Trends That Need to Stop – "Fanboys"


On June 7, 2007 at 5:11 am

A fanboy is always something I don’t want to meet. The only winner of the console war is the player. I’m not a fanboy, I like the nintendo philosophy of gaming, but i play to gears of war and metal gear saga too. what’s the problem?


On June 7, 2007 at 7:40 am

Fanboys just annoy people, I mean Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all have great games on their platforms, why go around telling everyone only one of the three platforms is worth supporting? It just gives the industry a bad rep :sad:


On June 7, 2007 at 7:59 am

As I’ve said in posts here before, competition between consoles only means better games for all. All 3 major consoles are great. I mean, we have games like Gears, Twilight Princess, Metal Gear, Halo, Resistance, etc… If you don’t like the content one console is offering, or you don’t want to pay the set price for it, don’t. That’s your right as a consumer.

Of course, it’s my right as a consumer to enjoy all the games that are made available to me, and to encourage the developers to continue pumping out quality content. As Dave says above me, the only winner here is the gamer.


On June 7, 2007 at 9:51 pm


On June 7, 2007 at 11:09 pm

FAN = Fanatical
BOY = Person

so all we have is someone who is obsesed with a product or idea or anything for that matter, just in this case its a console.

The childish comments that arise in forums is more to do with..
A) Children that connot control their vocabulary or know how to act towards
B) People with little respect for others opinions or viewpoints regardless fact
or fiction
C) Ignorance

i am a fanboy of Playstation and proud of it, there is 3 machines they created which i adore and youll be hard pressed to tell me to buy something else.

yes im Ignorant too, but there is a time and a place, let self-control guide you.