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Gamesey: NEGATIVE FANBOYISM

It's human nature to favour the things we admire most in life, whether it's a particular make of car, a rock band, a certain operating system or a football team. Most of us are fanboys of something or other, even if we don't always admit it. And there's nothing really wrong with that. After all, it's only a positive thing, and something companies fight hardest for - brand loyalty, the holy grail of marketing.

The gaming community has often been the setting for fierce brand loyalty – largely, it has to be said, dictated by sheer economics (let's be honest, not everyone can afford to own all of the next-gen consoles at the same time). Over recent years, this has turned the market into an increasingly tribal arena, giving birth to what we now see on almost every gaming site you go on, 'negative fanboyism'.

Where trolling was once an easy-to-spot irritant of community sites, today's disruptors are somewhat more insidious, sheltering under the guise of 'genuinely interested'. It may take several posts, but sooner or later, their agenda becomes apparent: to berate a particular system.

Not content with being fans of their preferred system, negative fanboys have an innate desire to continually attack other systems at every given opportunity, albeit under the guise of opinion/concern/interest. Of course by them pretending to be genuinely interested, there's not much that can be done about it.

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grifter0243940d ago

Wow I love this.. people putting up useless articles.. What does this actually do and how is this news???? How do the moderators let this kind of stuff that pertains to nothing even be allowed to be posted???? You can call me a fanboy of all sorts of things and one of those things would be good news posts.. not this garbage.LOL

Grown Folks Talk3940d ago (Edited 3940d ago )

the TurboGrafx-16 sucks. just because i've never played or seen 1 played doesn't mean i'm not right. ; } p.s. the 32x for the genesis really did suck. damn you sega.

cuco333940d ago (Edited 3940d ago )

personally i think this article needs to be posted. every news article on here and any board you go to turns into sony & ms fans bashing each other for whatever reason, bringing in "statistics" that are either made up or don't know what they actually mean. we are all gamers.
i blame it on the youngins growing up choosing sides. they grow up preaching one system is superior without even taking an unbiased view on the competition. i'm wii60 right now and really do hope sony does well with the ps3 albeit with all the negativity surrounding their approach to this generation of gaming.
furthermor, fanboys need to GROW UP. brand loyalty is stupid. the other side might actually have something better than you believe it or not. not everything, but some things

Hey Zeus3940d ago

I might just put up all the answers, because i'm sick of not being able to post news, i know how people must feel.

Boink3940d ago

coming from one of the people who is a reason as to why there is now a test to pass, and not just anyone can post news.

Boink3940d ago (Edited 3940d ago )

it's not under news, it's an article. and it's quite relevant, especially on this site.

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