Submitted by Nitrowolf2 1168d ago | opinion piece

The Problem with Fanboys

TPG - Fanboys, by definition in the video game industry, are the raving and rampant champions of their preferred system. Usually fanboys take up allegiance to a certain console and will not only buy pretty much anything that comes out for the system, but champion it across the battlefield of every major forum on the video game website front. They are the first line of defense against any game exclusively coming to one system or the other, and will usually show up in news posts to deride or defend the game; most of the time one that the world hasn’t even played yet. Logic is usually their worst enemy and they will attack you simply for owning a different system, not only insulting your system, but indeed your very way of life. Fanboys are a mean and nasty virus of contempt for anything they don’t own that are holding back the gaming community. (Industry, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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antbolton89  +   1168d ago
It's all quite ridiculous, why dont people just buy the console or consoles they want and shut up
DarkSceptile   1168d ago | Spam
WeskerChildReborned  +   1168d ago
Because fanboys think they need to show dominance over the other console fans.

I personally like all consoles equally and they all have their pros and cons.
kikizoo  +   1168d ago
Then, you are a fanboy, since systems and library are not equals ;)

by the way, worst fanboys this gens are not only defending their system of choice, but they are big haters for others systems, always domwplaying best games, best accessories and inovation, lying like kotaku donkeys..
CaJuaLFeatPuFF  +   1168d ago
PS3 dont have a con.
Xbox does . lack of exclusive that are good

Wii is good. lmao

Xbox just suck asss. not being bias or anything .
WeskerChildReborned  +   1168d ago
@Cajual, You can't really say PS3 has no cons when one of their cons if the online service though i don't really mind. I mean it's free after all.
liquidhalos  +   1168d ago
Thats quite true, i dont give a damn what console other people use, just so long as they have fun.

I dont think i can say the same for the chap who wrote the article. According to him, Fanboys come from the cheaper system which as we all know, is the 360. To me the following quote from his article screams IM A FANBOY!!!! This story is a load of old toss, its about as impartial as herpes.

"The biggest factor usually is that the person chooses a system at the start of the generation, cannot afford the others, and so to make themselves feel better about their purchase set out to tear everyone else down."
NastyLeftHook0  +   1168d ago
Exactly, People need to respect other peoples opinions.

Back to the most awarded game in history...uncharted 2 :3
_Aarix_  +   1168d ago
what is your problem? Do you have an erection wearing a sony uniform in tight playstation 3 shorts. I don't know why you feel the need to be a douche but the fact you have 3 bubbles tells me the community and the moderators are biased to the end

oh and uncharted got awards for its cinematic experience XD its a POS as a game.
Shepherd 214  +   1167d ago

Not sure if serious..
Nes_Daze  +   1167d ago
@Aarix, talks about mods being unfair for tenton haviing 3 bubbles, meanwhile he calls Uncharted a POS game and has 1 bubble.
Laika  +   1167d ago
lol uncharted is POS as a game?????? stop trolling that is not true in the least and you know it.
2v1  +   1168d ago
the real problem is when fanboys own a website and make all kind of stuff up
KillerPwned  +   1167d ago

Then we just gotta get rid of articles that promote fanboys. The fanboy crap is just some childish fad that needs to go away but wont it never will. Its not only in games of course but all kinds of entertainment ect..

In gaming as of now though I honestly rarely ever hear anything relating to such a person being a fanboy so it does not bother me anymore really. I have no doubt though when the next generation of consoles come out its gonna start all over on here.
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burgerman  +   1167d ago
Agreed. Xbox is for repetitive shooters and Kinect while PS3 is for new and exclusive IPs. Why does a casual market and core market get this hostile?
burgerman  +   1167d ago
You're in denial if you disagree. Look at the first comment on this page.
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DK286K   1167d ago | Spam
burgerman  +   1167d ago
If the shoe was on the other foot I would be saying the opposite. You cannot deny fact.

I'm sick of shooters. I bought 360 because of Deadly Premonition and Alan Wake because they weren't the same old grey and brown shooters. Shooters have become so mainstream that they're casual.

I could say positive and negative things about both systems but mostly care about the games.
DK286K   1167d ago | Spam
burgerman  +   1167d ago
Casual. CASUAL. Yes I had to introduce my opinion to show you few and far exclusives to this dead system.
avengers1978  +   1167d ago
As a sony fan... My love for there products gets me to go out and buy things like move(highly disappointing) day one... or pick up the vita day one... or buy most of there exclusive games(uncharted, killzone, LBP, MNR, Resistance, infamous, heavy rain, etc, etc)
I enjoy a good argument with the xbox fans or nintendo fans, even PC fans... its a fun distraction from real problems, and I never fell like its anything more than a fun little discussion.
Generally us fanboys are the ones going out and grabbing these things day one and buying more, so whatever company they support wins from there loyalty
LUCKYXS7LEVEN  +   1167d ago
the real problem is who has the bigger dick ? since that comes after " The( console of choice ) is better than ( console of choice )"
Nitrowolf2  +   1168d ago
“Because every gamer is a true gamer: motion gamers, sitting gamers, everyone. And though we may pledge fanboy allegiances to different flags, deep down inside we all serve one master, one king and His name is Gaming." - Kevin Butler

For the Win!!
solidjun5  +   1168d ago
Comment of the story! +1
dubt72  +   1167d ago
That's right, Kevin. Go Xbox!!!
solidjun5  +   1167d ago
"That's right, Kevin. Go Xbox!!!"
Not surprised you would say that.
Jazz4108  +   1167d ago
I have to give kevin butler a lot of respect for that very unbiased quote. In the end we are gamers to the core and the system or systems we play them on are just that systems as the games do the talking and there is more than enough great games on all 3 consoles that no one should be feeling superior to someone else for there gaming preference.
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xyxzor  +   1168d ago
Can anyone agree that this issue might be getting a little bit better? It seemed a lot worse in 2008-2009, maybe that's wishful thinking though.
MaximusPrime  +   1168d ago
I agree. Since I joined n4g, fanboys were out of control. That's before PS3 launched back in 2006.

It gradually cools down about 2 years ago. There are still fanboys about.
LOGICWINS  +   1168d ago
In the outside world, the fanboy issue is virtually non-existant nowadays. There was plenty of PS3 hate in 06'..but that was due to the $600 price tag, not the PS3(or Sony) itself.

I've mentioned on N4G a couple times how the cashier tried to discourage me from buying a PS3 WAAAY back in 07', telling me "Are u sure? The 360 is WAAAY better."

Then I said, "Okaaay" Guess she didn't like the fact that I had the disposable income to spend $500 on a gaming console. Haters love ta hate ;)

Now that the PS3 and 360 are affordable and have half a decade worth of games, no one in the outside world really cares anymore.

On the Internet(N4G in particular), we all know its a much different story. I don't want to say N4G is all bad, it really isn't. The problem is that a large chunk of the community have the SAME thoughts and feelings...thus leading to one-sided debates. Without a doubt, some people here ARE crazier than others..but sane people DO exist here.

If I had to pick the worst community on the Internet, I'd still have to be Youtube hands down. It makes N4G look like a utopia.
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TekoIie  +   1168d ago
Yeh fanboys/girls of EVERYTHING can be found on Youtube. It's because everyone with internet access knows about youtube and so you get the most immature people and younger people (11-14) who believe they know what they're talking about to its entirety.

Just want to say that these 11-14yo are not stupid (as we all love to say they are), just very naive and arrogant...
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BelieveinGhosts  +   1167d ago
I believe Yahoo is just as bad as youtube to be honest. It seems yahoo shares the same users as youtube
hennessey86  +   1168d ago | Well said
Its a huge problem
on sites like this, I own both a PS3 and 360 and when I say anything negative about either of them you get the hardcore fans attacking you hence the one bubble
Anon1974  +   1168d ago
I agree. And I agree with this article. The problem isn't with fanboys in general. I don't care if you love the 360, Wii, PS3, Mario, Final Fantasy, etc. I don't have an issue if you want to geek out about the merits of your particular gaming preference. More power to you.

What I can't stand is those that somehow feel anyone that doesn't see eye to eye with their particular gaming preference is someone who should be attacked and they just cannot, for a second, entertain someone else's opinion. The close-mindedness and the bitterness from a handful really do ruin it for the rest of us gamers who just want to talk about their hobby.
Puddlejumper75  +   1168d ago
That's funny coming from the biggest Nintendo troll on this site.
GrammarNazi   1168d ago | Spam
Kran  +   1168d ago
Same here. It's like no one has heard of free of speech.
Jadedz  +   1168d ago
It's a touché topic
People who champion a gaming company like they're the only ones that matters, turn me off of buying anything related product-wise from that company.
wishingW3L  +   1168d ago
then I think you don't own any current gen consoles, right? Because it doesn't matter if they are Nintendo fanboys or Xbox fanboys they all are the same, that's why we call them fanboys. And this is without mentioning the annoying PC elitists, in this case you have nowhere to go! Every console has more or less the same amount of fanboys, it just depends on the site you're on. On Eurogamer is mostly Xbox fanboys, N4G is PS3, Gamespot are the PC elitists....
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Jadedz  +   1167d ago
You're right about extremist fanboys/fangirl whom leech themselves...
To a specific gaming company, as if they joined some religious group (which could be any of the Big 3, though some are louder than others).

My apologies -_-
Puddlejumper75  +   1168d ago
I agree. I was a big Sony gamer til this gen and when I saw the level of hate and ignorance coming from that side of the gaming community it completely turned me off from ever owning a Sony product because I in no way wanted to be associated with that group.
Jadedz  +   1167d ago
I never mentioned any company, specifically
But I appreciate that you got the point I was making :P.
Xperia_ion  +   1168d ago
The world will end and the fanboys will remain, Outer Heaven.
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Skateboard  +   1168d ago
Proud PS3 fanboy, i just don't give a ####.

smashcrashbash  +   1168d ago
There is nothing wrong with being a fan but many people take it too far. For instance I was a big Nintendo fan back in the day but the lengths people go to defend Nintendo these days is bordering on pathetic. Despite my love of all things Nintendo back then I never kissed their @$$es so much. 'Nintendo invented gaming and controllers and 3D gaming and sliced bread and the sky and the moon and the stars and we should be grateful that we can bask in the glory of Nintendo because they love us and we love them and....'.
Ducky  +   1168d ago
Fanboys take things too far in two ways:
They defend what they like, and they attack what they don't.

In your comment, you just fall under the latter case by singling out Nintendo.
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LOL_WUT  +   1168d ago

Dude thats so true you basically wrote what i wanted to say +bub
Salamander  +   1168d ago
They go to great lengths to defend them because other fanboyz.. no idiots, go to even greater lengths to attack them. You simply dont see Nintendo fanboyz trolling PS3/XBOX articles.

Those are the worst fanboyz, ones that slander another fanboyz console of choice.
smashcrashbash  +   1168d ago
Oh come on really? What about the Nintendo fanboys are on the PASBR and LBP Kart articles calling them clones and fakes and copies worst versions of SMK and SSB and all sorts of crap. Or the ones who go on and on about how 3DS is superior to the VITA with cries of doom after they cried constantly about how we put down the 3DS and didn't give it a chance? Don't play the victim. They are there with smart remarks like 'No thanks, I already have SSB'.
Salamander  +   1168d ago
Then their idiots aswell, you still dont see that as half as often as far as Nintendo bashing goes.
GaryOak  +   1168d ago
I'm 50 percent Sony fanboy, 30 percent Nintendo,10 percent MS and 10 percent Skips.

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PhantomTommy  +   1168d ago
Goddamn Skips fanboys make me sick!

McCoy's flame grilled steak is by far the best chip this generation.
12345bnm  +   1168d ago
Skips?, McCoy's?.
Ha, everyone knows that Pringles are the best eat in the world. You two are just in denial.
@ GaryOak
That looks sick (the good sick).
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GaryOak  +   1168d ago
Pringles? McCoys? Ha,at least Skips go with every meal.

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NastyLeftHook0  +   1168d ago
that mad me laugh! that is original and hilarious, bubbles to you.
DanielBryan  +   1168d ago
Salamander  +   1168d ago
WHAT!! your drew that aswell, your skill is phenomenal.
GaryOak  +   1168d ago
Nah,I didn't draw that one.Badly drawn stick men of game characters is all I got in me.
Fullmetalevolust  +   1168d ago
I guess due to the internet and forums, it just spreads easily, people let their fanboy freak flag fly high. Some do so while remaining anonymous, but I remember as a wee lad in the 90s that my friends swore by nintendo while others bought sega products, then sony came on the scene and some still swore their neo-geo was the sh*t lol :)
ozzywazzy  +   1168d ago
I agree with this article. On a side note, the Wii is the worst console of all time.
thebudgetgamer  +   1168d ago
That's only because you have never played the Jaguar.
Puddlejumper75  +   1168d ago
Whats really sad is the worst console in history has the highest rated exclusive this gen. Noty sure what that says about the PS3 since it cant compete with the worst console in history.
MattyG  +   1168d ago
Virtual Boy begs to differ.
InTheLab  +   1168d ago
Remember when it was ok to criticize something? Now you're a fanboy or a "haters gonna hate". Can't say s*** anymore with losers labeling you something...and I blame that on actual fanboys...
YodaCracker  +   1168d ago
N4G has got to be the most one-sided gaming community in existence.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1168d ago
"Most" one-sided in existence? It's not as one-sided as you would like to believe.
shaun mcwayne  +   1168d ago
its just human nature. large groups of people start to form bonds with like minded people, then they alienate the people they have less in common with.
just play games have fun and get beezer kill streaks.
Dms2012  +   1168d ago
Well, lets all have a vote on which group are the most extreme in their allegiance. And don't say "they are all about the same" either, because its simply untrue.Hint: They often post lists of exclusives and state opinion as fact.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   1168d ago
Fanboys keep me from having an opinion or have a general thought on something, bash, bash, bash to no end. Which is fine, because fanboy packs make themselves believe everything is right, and forget the outside world and real life in general.

So N4G get yourself together.
Massefface  +   1168d ago
The instruments of my gaming symphony are special, their quirks and niches bring smiles and tears. But they are not the point of the music. They are the vessels that sail me to Valhalla.

*floats above the ground with legs crossed, eyes closed, palms up*
Bonerboy  +   1168d ago
Kids + Internet anonymity = Fanboys and losers.
rob6021  +   1167d ago
You add on the fact a lot of kids' parents can only buy one console, you get a lot of people with immature hate to defend their ego/console of choice. No one wants to admit they were wrong in this day and age it's pretty sad.
tiffac008  +   1168d ago
Fanboys are in truth, a minority in the gaming community but because they are the most out-spoken they can overtake most discussions and turn it into a flame war.

Respect is easily replaced by biased, hateful, illogical comments and they will do it without shame or remorse.

The saddest part about this is our so-called gaming journalists feeds off this kind of hate just to get more hits.
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DrRobotnik  +   1168d ago
I remember like it was yesterday. Back in WW 16-bit. Sega threw the first punch with its spinach green commercials towards the Gameboy. Nintendo then retaliated with the release of these weapons of mass destruction called "pocket monsters"......many have died that day. but Sega got the last laugh. After the death of the Dreamcast, its essence never faded and actually became the first Xbox. With exclusive released game like Panzer Dragoon 3 and Shenmue 2, along with the new "S-controller"(revam ped 3D controller from sega saturn) Sega has quietly lived on. Muhahahaha...(cough).
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Iveyboi  +   1168d ago
I was a fanboy...then I took an arrow to the knee
007Bond  +   1168d ago
Xbox has the better online, PS3 has the way better exclusives, Wii is a great family system. FACT
mike1up  +   1168d ago
Proud Nintendo fanboy.
LX-General-Kaos  +   1167d ago
well said
hellvaguy  +   1168d ago
Is it just me or has NG4 less fanboyish in the past 4-6 months than it has in years past?

Ive also noticed more MS + PS3 teaming up against WiiU. Maybe, maybe not. Just seems like a trend Ive been seeing.
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Hicken  +   1168d ago
The question is how much is just that of a fan, and how much is that of a fanboy?

I like to think there are fans, fanboys, and anti-fanboys.
To be honest, the latter are the worst. Fans just have a preference. The may or may not have all systems, but they generally don't have too much negative to say about anything, unless something REALLY deserves it.

Fanboys downright love their company of choice, though they can sometimes go a little too far in their love. They tend to be the ones that retaliate when other fanboys or anti-fanboys attack their preference, whereas a fan would just leave the situation alone.

Anti-fanboys, though...

Anti-fanboys attack fanboys. They don't necessarily have their own preference, but they don't hesitate to call fanboys out for stating what they love. They're quick to try and make a fanboy look bad for liking whatever they happen to like, while claiming a neutrality, themselves. You'll often find them stirring up trouble by bashing a company or a person defending that company, only to follow up with something like "I'm unbiased, because I own all three consoles."

Fanboys can leave each other alone often, but anti-fanboys feel it's their duty to call out fanboys for no other reason than that they have a strong preference.
mike1up  +   1168d ago
I want to frame your comment on my wall. Very well said!

tiffac008  +   1167d ago
I think the anti-fanboys your mentioning are closet fanboys. They just don't want to admit it or they know they are and are just acting like they're not, just to spite the opposition.
BrutallyBlunt  +   1167d ago
1. A fanboy is one who trolls articles about Kinect and laughs at low scores while ignoring bad reviews for Playstation Move titles.

Hicken is guilty of that.

2. A fanboy is one who cannot distinguish the games from the console, which therefore invalidates their opinion. A great example are those who won't give Forza a chance while loving Gran Turismo. Truth is both are great racing games.

Hicken again is guilty of being totally biased in favor of GT due to it's relation with both Sony and now the Playstation 3.

3. A fanboy will go out of his/her way to comment on articles that should hold no interest to them. They do it out of ignorance, fear, and because they are threatened.

Hicken is now 3 for 3.

4. A fanboy will scroll through the comment section always looking for negative comments about the platform holder's system in which resides under the unbrella of one company.

Bravo, Hicken has gone 4 for 4.

There is really nothing wrong with being supportive of a franchise or even a company. Car lovers do it, sports fans do it and so on. The real difference when it comes to videogames, namely this current generation (where the real issue seems to stem from XBOTs verus Playstation fanboys) is that unlike different models of Chevy cars versus Ford for example or sports teams is Sony resides in Japan. So there isn't even national pride at stake here. Nintendo is also from Japan so is this East versus West? I can't see it being a real factor. Another problem with these two systems and their allegiant fanboys are they share an awful lot of the same games and perform an awful lot the same way. So why is there so much to argue about when in reality there isn't?

That's what makes it so ridiculous. It's not even casaul games versus hardcore because these two groups have clashed dating back to last generation. Kinect is just a new excuse to further this deranged group of gamers into an endless debate about nothing.

I have an easy answer to all of this, how about we just act like gamers who are interested in games? How about we actually just have fun and be entertained no matter if they are AAA multi-million dollar projects, small indie titles or even IOS or web browser games? There's no need in creating groups or segregating the gaming communities.

The way i see it is if they enjoy that game whether it's on the 3DS, PC, Vita, Facebook, XBOX360, who cares? Far too often we see forum dweebs who feel the need to categorize the game first before it can even be enjoyed. We've seen casual games for decades, so why is it now this so called hardcore crowd feels the need to downplay them? Fear and ignorance, that's really the only explanation.
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EVILDEAD360  +   1167d ago
LMAO @ Levelhead typing this comment from Thisisabsolutelythetruth.com..

1 through 4..classic...

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Jirachi  +   1168d ago
Wait I heard of nintendo fanboys but wii fanboys? no the people who like wii are either nintendo fanboys or people who aren't fanboys of anything.
I never for example see a wii fan say negetive things about nintendo's consoles not named wii...

Were all fanboys of somethings,just there are open minded and close minded fanboys.
Like me,I'm a huge nintendo fanboy but i own ps3/360/ps2/psp/and vita as well as every nintendo system(except virtual boy)

I really only get mad when people mock the following Twilight princess,Final Fantasy VI,The pokemon Jirachi,The pokemon seris(specifically gen3 is one i defend most as it's my favorite),Kirby,Shantae,and Toadette

If you're not mocking one of those things even it's something i like i won't get really mad.
(as far as sony and microsoft i really didn't start playing there games until a couple years ago so i don't have any oppion on most of them)
Kran  +   1168d ago
Too true. I write an article that mentions 1 con about the PS3 (Even though I state I like the PS3) and I get haters wanting to punch me in the face.

I write an article about the 360 that does the same thing, I get haters wanting to punch me in the face.

I say something good about the PS3, out come the 360 lovers to hate

Same with the 360 and the PS3 lovers to hate

This site gets really ridiculous and I think N4G needs to crack down on the most abusive fanboys.

But then by doing that, N4G will lose readers, so its either "take it like a bitch" or "stop reading N4G*
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