Has This Console Generation Bred The Worst Fanboys Ever?

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Note: [All opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of GamerXChange]

We all have things we like, or that we prefer. I’m a Chevy kind of guy, but that doesn’t mean that I hate Ford or other types of cars (although I’ve seen some car enthusiasts take it to extremes). Video games aren’t without their fair share of fanboys. Don’t get confused and think that everyone is a fanboy, or that if you like one console more than another that you’re a fanboy, it doesn’t work like that. Having been gaming since the 1980′s, I can’t recall ever being around gamers who argued more or could be so vicious and spiteful. Has this console generation, which has seen so many ups and downs, bred the worst group of gaming fanboys ever?

If I had to guess, when I first noticed fanboys it was probably during the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo days. The line was drawn quite clear and you were either pro Mario or pro Sonic; you couldn’t really play both sides of the fence. Since I was in school and the popular kids all preferred Sonic The Hedgehog, I naturally bought a Sega Genesis and quickly became one of the “cool kids”. We used to talk about gaming while at school, Mortal Kombat, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Toejam & Earl were daily topics. Things used to get heated when some of the pro Nintendo crowd would try to chime in, I admit I used to get in heated arguments while defending my precious Sega Genesis. Everything changed for me one day when my older brother brought home a Super Nintendo and I got a chance to play Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country. From that point on, I made a much stronger attempt to give every console a chance, and as I got older I made sure that I had all the consoles, that way I could experience all the games and nothing would ever be exclusive from me.

Now if you’ve ever wondered how to spot a fanboy, I’ll be happy to help you out.

How to spot a Nintendo fanboy:

Nintendo fanboys are pretty easy to spot. They try to convince people who Nintendo created gaming, and every single game that looks similar to a Nintendo game is clearly a ripoff. Another way to spot a Nintendo fanboy is when you see one defend horrible ideas like The Virtual Boy, the Nintendo fanboy is also quick to dismiss HD gaming as a myth.

The actual reality is that Nintendo fanboys have been less in the spotlight when compared to Microsoft or Sony fanboys this generation, which is weird when you consider that Nintendo has dominated the console and handheld market this time around. In fact, Nintendo has always owned the handheld market, but it’s not something you’ll likely hear from a fanboy very often. The new Nintendo fanboy is optimistic about the Wii U, and most Nintendo fanboys are more defensive as opposed to offensive. Basically they will defend their favorite brand, but they don’t go out seeking confrontation with other fanboys.

How to spot a Sony fanboy:

Sony fanboys are vicious, they often are the gamer’s that visit forums and are usually the ones that travel in groups. Sony fanboys are the ones that feel like they need to justify their purchase of a PS3. If you make a negative comment about a PS3, the PS3 fanboy will take that as a personal attack and you’ll get swamped with Sony exclusive game review scores and you’ll be reminded that the PS3 has free online, is a Blu Ray player and has the most exclusives ever!

The PS3 fanboy is also easily spotted on forums because they will claim that every PS3 exclusive game is a “Day one buy!” These are the same fanboys that will never admit that Sony has ever made a single mistake, and conspiracy theories abound when it comes to the PS3. The media is biased against Sony, websites and reviewers are biased against Sony, and if any Sony exclusives scores less than a perfect 10, it’s because Microsoft paid them off. Sony fanboys are also some of the most annoying, they tend to go into Microsoft or Nintendo themed articles and troll, once again proving that they are pretty insecure about the product that prefer. The easiest way to spot a Sony fanboy is by the use of the $ when they abbreviate Microsoft, M$. Because its obvious that Microsoft only cares about money, where as Sony cares about other things apparently.

How to spot a Microsoft fanboy:

Microsoft fanboys are easy to spot because they usually suffer from amnesia. They cant seem to remember all the cases of the dreaded Red Ring Of Death, they also conveniently have forgotten all the hazing of Sony fans when the PS3 launched with a less than stellar lineup of games. The Microsoft fanboy is also pretty quick to forget the long-lost HDDVD format that was the loser when put up against Sony’s Blu Ray, which was the better format, but fanboys have a tendency not to understand reason, no matter how clear-cut or understandable it is.

The Microsoft fanboy often refuses to acknowledge any games that aren’t on the Microsoft platform, while the Microsoft fanboys don’t travel in packs, they can and do go outside of Microsoft only articles, often being very annoying and trolling worse than a Star Wars fan doing a review of the new trilogy of movies. The Microsoft fanboy is also quick to point out things like cross party chat on Xbox Live, which is nice, but it’s also not something to really brag about.

At the end of the day there are fanboys on all sides. I think the biggest gain is probably with the Sony camp: Those fans are in an unfamiliar place this generation, and probably feel like they have their back up against the wall. Microsoft fans were also in an unfamiliar place when they were first to launch the current generation and the Xbox 360 fanboys had a full year of absolutely no competition. Nintendo fanboys tend to live in the past, Nintendo has been a trend setter, but it’s not like they invented gaming itself. Sometimes these types of gamer’s need to just get over themselves, you’ll find that gaming is much more fun, when you shut up and just play the games.

Avid gamer, there is no "core" and there is no "casual" there are just "gamer's". I've been playing video games since 1985, reviewing games since 2000 and loving every single minute of it. Some people say video games are a waste of time, but I believe John Lennon put it best. " Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted time"
  • http://GamerXChange.net/ Simply G


    Nintendo fanboys are pretty easy to spot, they try to convince people who Nintendo created gaming, and every single game that looks similar to a Nintendo game is clearly a ripoff.”

    Haha! So true.

    • http://twitter.com/clanMOH {MOH} Regulators

      Ya, I’ve come across my fair share of those Nintendo fanboys. Just wish people would have fun with games and no worry so much about everything else. The only numbers I care about are when it comes to the companies all staying around, the industry needs all three that are currently in the business.

  • SpellBee

    I like all the spelling and grammar errors! Superb!

    • NoWayJose!

      Believe it or not the reason why they have so much spelling and grammar errors is due to texting all the time which due to the tiny keyboards and IT’S fast pace culture it’s difficult if not impossible to remember grammar rules which you’re brain will get *used* to typing fast pace so then when it comes to real writing you’ll ‘forget’ how to do so since you’ve trained your mind for texting.

      Texting is like drugs where it makes you artificially feel on-top-of-the-world for awhile but it takes away important body chemicals so when the crash happens you’ll need more to have the same feeling as before.

      I am sure a lot of Nintendo fanboys text a lot. I don’t even use a cell phone because once I saw how tiny the keypad is I said “No way Jose!”

    • NoWayJose!

      I don’t understand how anybody can stand those tiny keypads unless it’s a short sentence.

  • Kyle

    One thing I never see mentioned in reviews is how often a game or a system is *returned* for either being faulty or the gamer feeling let down and exchange it for store credit.

    You normally can’t get your money back once you opened something up but if you didn’t tamper with a device then stores usually give you credit for another item in the same store.

    Also
    I wonder if the post GameCube Nintendo systems actually break down
    easier then the older ones as my older Nintendo machines still work.

    Most companies since the late 90s/2000s have joined a trend to get parts from China including video game systems which I hope Nintendo hasn’t done.

    I learned for example last year that the machine parts of Apple’s Ipad comes from China but is put together in the USA. Japan used to make very good equipment but they too outsourced most of their industry to the big C so they don’t have to pay their employees very much.

    The IPad machine parts come from a factory called FoxCon which they recently had to put nets around the windows because workers were committing suicide jumping out of them because China relies heavily on slave labor and the workers were stressed out.

    There you work Monday thru Monday for 12 hours a day with very little pay and some of the money is kept by the Communist Party which you HAVE to be part of by law.

    Even the most low paying jobs in the USA wouild be heaven for the average China worker who wonder if they’ll be sent to a concentration camp for not being productive enough.

  • Guest

    Very rarely do I see a Nintendo fanboy, and when I do their argument never goes beyond Zelda and Mario. The Sony fans I’ve seen lay out the facts and generally stay calm and collected when stating their argument. But Microsoft fanboys are everywhere and get angry when defending their console. In real life, the MS fanboys act the way you described Sony fans do. They constantly bring up party chat, superior online, and worst of all, when they can’t think of anything good about the 360, they attack with the Sony hack incident like no tomorrow, acting like Sony is the only company to ever be hacked. I’ve worked at several software companies, 90% of all hacks are NOT reported. I’ve also seen the M$ thing before, but I see $ONY quite a bit as well. If any fan is backed against a wall, it’s the Microsoft ones.

    The only other time I’ve seen fans as vicious and rabid about defending their choice (and attacking others when they run out of things to say) was in the time between the announcement and a few weeks after the release of Battlefield 3. Battlefield fans would start attacking Call of Duty without provocation in a senseless need to defend their game. Microsoft fans aren’t too far behind them when it comes to being desperate in making their console look good.

    • http://GamerXChange.net/ Simply G

      I think we can agree that fanboys from every category can be quite terrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smileyofchaos Cody Taylor

    I own most consoles and love them pretty equally, but I’ve seen some shitstorms when perusing forums. Very
    rarely do I see a Nintendo fanboy, and when I do their argument rarely goes beyond Zelda and Mario because that’s all they need to prove their console is good.

    Sony fans simply state why their console is great (wifi from start, internet browser, free online, standard rechargeable controller, blu-ray, better and more exclusives, etc), and will usually agree with competing fans about good features on the Wii or 360, but will maintain their console is better and still stay civil.
    Microsoft fans get nasty with it. They will start off saying the 360 has superior online, party chat, you can play music with any game, and that they have Halo. After this they show their bad side, and are the only fanboy I’ve seen to attack another system (ex. Sony got hacked they suck), ignoring the fact that LIVE has been hacked before as well.

    So basically Nintendo fans say one thing and end it there, Sony fans are civil in their arguments, and Microsoft fans go on the offensive in a poor attempt to defend their console. So if any fanboy is backed in a corner, it’s the Microsoft ones.

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