Do We Really Need to Choose Sides? – An Open Plea to Fanboys/Girls

Sean Halliday of Pixel Gate writes:

''If there’s one thing that E3 shows us each year (or any new generation for that matter), it’s how competitive people get. I’m not talking about companies or industry figures, but the consumers themselves. There’s an odd feeling of tribal warfare that sprouts up after each and every E3. ”Sony won the battle, Microsoft will win the war!” has been something frequently shouted out across the internet in the aftermath of E3. But the last time I checked, this was not a war. I don’t recall anyone from either company commanding their consumers to attack the rival company’s fans. Remember that moment Jack Tretton mounted the PS4 and raised his longsword screaming ” DEATH TO HOUSE MICROSOFT! AMASS MY FELLOW SON’S OF SONY”? No, me neither.''

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ATiElite1586d ago (Edited 1586d ago )


Because the Fanboys/Fangirls on N4G keep the lights on at several web-sites that supply Gaming news.

Without the Fanboys/fangirls N4G would fade into Oblivion or just loose a TON of ad revenue and close down.

So to keep "OUR" favorite site going strong.......

XB1 = Teh Cloudz and Lame Esram
PS4 = Teh Exclusives that no one buys and Red Line of Death Awaits!
PC = NO Games and No Couch Gaming
WiiU = WTF is a WiiU

So enjoy your games on your system of choice and don't forget to ridicule the other guy for being different because being different is against the law in some sci-fi Utopian world that WE do NOT live in.


xHeavYx1586d ago

Nothing wrong with choosing sides, as long as you have a reason, not just a "I hate the PlayU360 for no reason other than my blind love for my console of choice"

pixelsword1586d ago (Edited 1586d ago )

(I'm not directly responding to you, heavy, just the concept of not having a choice)

No one even needs a reason, It funny people can have a "side" when it comes to politics, war, soft drink, basketball teams, cigarettes, colleges, shoes, clothes, food, and whatever; but when it comes to games, you can't have a choice?!

Hey, if anyone is that sensitive about the machine they play on, either buy the machine you actually like and swallow your pride or deal with it and accept your perceived shortcomings.

Or basically, grow up.

JokesOnYou1586d ago (Edited 1586d ago )

Agreed. I chose a side, if by that you mean I prefer one console over the other but I don't hate the other. Actually if you are really satisfied with your chosen purchase then theres really no need to "hate" the competition, sure you may engage in harmless questioning of pros and cons but this whole "attacking mentality" I believe is merely from those who NEED to justify their purchase by bashing the other brand so that they convince themselves they made the right choice. Ironicly, the more you know, the more you learn THERE IS NO RIGHT CHOICE....there is only what works best for YOU.

I genuinely think mainly sony and micro just flat out make some bad choices sometimes (don't really follow Nintendo much) and I WILL SAY SO, but generally I don't ever really think those mistakes come from some evil master plan to screw the consumers, NO they're not saints either just bad planning happens from time to time and in this day and age the internet tends to blow, irrevelant, minor and yes some concerning problems out of proportion, that's good and bad, but very rarely has any of these problems been as serious as most fanboys want to claim they are or were.

zeal0us1586d ago

I'm not choosing sides not until one of them start sending me a paycheck. When that happen I won't mind becoming a mindless cheerleader that will defend their console and company until the bitter end.

Until then I will continue enjoy my games and not align myself with either side.


Ahhh yesss...both systems FTW!

Sarcasm1586d ago

Choose one side, leave the other one alone. Enjoy your system of choice!

Snookies121586d ago (Edited 1586d ago )

I love Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft's gaming consoles. Although I'm primarily a PC gamer.

Sides are lame, people would be so much happier getting a piece of each pie. You're only hurting yourself by limiting your gaming options. (Not talking to you exclusively or anything ATiElite, just in general.) :]

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yewles11586d ago

Remeber when it was okay to bash Sony for the past 7 to 8 years? What happened now? Oh yeah, new targets...

ATiElite1586d ago

I remember bashing Sony for the first 3 years of the PS3 life cycle but then things CHANGED

(Devs learned how to push the Cell to do 720p while Xbox360 was SUB 720p)

zeal0us1586d ago

What ever happen to be being better than your enemies and not stooping to their level?

Dehnus1585d ago (Edited 1585d ago )

Sony wasn't bashed for 8 years, that is selective memory. In fact I am pretty sure the whole Wii60 movement was simply because of Sony and their fanboys being completely unbearable. They send specsheets after specsheet.. even counting USB ports and adding the cost of live to the initial cost of the console.

It wend on and on, bashing the Wii for looking like an adult toy, the 360 for not having a "1080p output!". MS was very annoying back with compared memory bandwith in a really dishonest way... But nobody really bit the bait and things calmed down.

It then took about 3 years in, with both systems still getting great exclusives. Before we retroactively wend back in maturity. The Digital Foundry Pixel counting started. MS stopped really making exclusives or getting them for their system, Sony still made them and pulled ahead (Kudos Sony). But the specsheet wars began... that year.

Why they even counted the greases in the shirts of the protagonist, to indicate which one was more powerful. The whole crap about Final Fantasy being multi platform with Sony Fans having a real meltdown and making death threats. MS fans behaving like utter wankers on Xbox Live, where your Mother apparently is very well known to all of them intimately and you are a Homosexual of African American origin.

That is what happened.... People got really anal and annoying!

Axe991586d ago (Edited 1586d ago )

Totally agree - I personally prefer gaming on Playstation and PC, and with War Thunder out on PS4 at launch (in Australia) the PS4 is easily my preferred choice of next-gen console, but I very much hope all the gamers who get into the XB1 have an awesome time as well, as do the Wii U peeps and the PS3/360 peeps who won't upgrade for a year or two, and even those PC elitist types :).

theWB271586d ago

I chose the side of Xbox. It doesn't stop me from wanting to own a PS and play their exclusives. When you let your bias for a company get in the way of enjoying games then it's a problem.

Manio311586d ago

I'm in the same boat as you. Just because PS4 won't be my console of choice, doesn't mean I'm going to openly shit on it, or the people who are buying it.

TheGreenMan1586d ago

@ theWB

Completely agree. I'm a Sony guy because, growing up, my best gaming memories were on the PS1 & PS2. Still, that doesn't stop me from admitting that I dig the X1's UI, multimedia capabilities, and some of the exclusives. If anything, I hope MS' focus on the broader audience will lead to more multi-console owners this generation. Maybe that would stop some of the fanboy hate.

tagan8tr1586d ago (Edited 1586d ago )

If we are dreaming my dream is to play the games I like without companys buying exclusive rights forcing me to shell out 900 bucks on two systems to be able to play them. I don't feel sorry for companys just my wallet..

While it may not be a war the company's lead their fans by example

jessupj1586d ago (Edited 1586d ago )

I absolutely love gaming, and unfortunately MS tried to utterly ruin it with their DRM. Maybe if MS changed their policies when literally the whole internet was full of hate for them, I could maybe forgive them in the future, but that didn't happen.

They only changed their policies when the pre-order stats came in and they realised they couldn't get away with it.

And because I love gaming and want the industry to flourish, instead of being turned into a police state where the publishers would dictate whatever policies and set whatever prices they want, I'm branded a Sony fanboy.

So yes, for me sides to need to be chosen.

Unfortunately that means initially I might miss out of some games, but I can always buy a second hand xbone in the future.

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