When did being a gamer die and being a diehard fanboy take over as cool?
I think far more people have moved away towards being fanboys because it is far more expensive to be a gamer, hence the reason for allying with a single console or platform.
I think that's a pretty good insight, really. However, weren't there ALWAYS fanboys? Even when consoles were cheap? Or, wait...were they ever cheap?
Whats bad being a fanboy? As long as you're not ignorant or being a troll, there is nothing wrong with it. Its nature that people can relate to stuff, even brands/companies. Stop being a neutrality fanboy.
@Istanbull - True Neutral is how I roll. Edit: I have this theory that there is a magic disagree fairy that lives on n4g. Look for my paper on this theory in the near future.
Ahahaha, Neutrality Fanboy. Love it.
*Back then* Gamer1: Yeah, I heard about that game. Sounds pretty cool. Wanna swap systems? Just for a week. I just wanna try it out. Gamer2: Sure, but don't f*** up my disc man. PUT IT BACK IN THE CASE, NOT ON THE TABLE OR FLOOR. Gamer1: Lol, ok. I got you. *Nowadays* Gamer1: Yeah, I heard about that game. Sounds like crap. Why do you still own that system. Buy my system lol. Jeez... Gamer2: Get the **** outta here. Your system ain't nothing. Name one good game on it? I'll never touch that system.
SOOOO true dante...bubs. I remember swapping my snes to play sonic to try to unlock supersonic and play mortal kombat with blood. The good days!
Man console fanboys have been around forever. Anyone saying they weren't is full of it or too young to have a reference point. I remember haveing so many heated discussions with friends over what was beter Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis. We fought over graphics blood and content back then. I was a poor kid so I only gamed on one system and I rented most of my games. I went from NES to Sega then to PS1. With each new console I owned came new bragging rights and new arguments over what was better. I can remember being told "Why do you still play Sega? You should get a Super Nintendo it has better controls, games , and more buttons." Then it was "why are you still playing that PS1? The games are crappy you should get a N64 cause cartridges are better than discs no loading times." After that it was "you still playing that PS2? You need an XBox the graphics are better."
How is it far more expensive to be a gamer today? Consoles cost are practically the same now that they were generations ago and games still cost roughly the same. The only thing that has changed is the displays and sound systems we play them on, oh and DLC exist now. People are quick to foget that games cost $40 to 70 (and higher on some titles) during the 8 and 16 bit era. Do people forget about the NeoGeo and what their games cost? More to the point. I have never been a fanboy and have always been a gamer. I have been gaming since the 70's. I have owned, or still own, nearly every console ever created. The only thing I care about is the games. I could care less what hardware they run on.
I posted this in another article, but when I was young it seeemed the systems were spread evenly, cousins had 64s ps1s sega genesis. I never knew about sales or no one ever preffered one over the other. I dont know what happened.
a lot of gamers have become selfish,crying over 3rd party software being shared.
I dunno if I like that freaky pic.
See, I am imagining a story to go with the picture... my imagination mainly consists of him sitting on something that also happens to be going up his ass... and whatever it is... it's a big one.
I'll tell you exactly what happened. In general and in detail. In general: Microsoft hate and the ensuing arms race of ever increasing stupidity. In detail: Everyone started hating on Microsoft for being a business and making money. Where that started is outside the scope of this discussion, but suffice it to say, it's completely irrational to pick Microsoft out of the other worthy targets for "evil corporate overmind". Then, Microsoft got into gaming. So people start hating the Xbox, again irrationally, despite the great things it's doing. In response, Xbox fans, their fanship won fairly by giving them what they wanted, pointed out how Sony isn't so nice either. Playstation fans took a page from Apple fanboy blogs and started snarking it up, appealing to puerile ridicule and playground teasing. Then, E3 2006 happened, filling the Xbox fanboy's arsenal for the next ~3 years of the same puerile snark and ridicule. Sony fanboys tried desperately to grasp on to other flubs for leverage, but were ultimately hit again by Chad Warden, who brought out the worst in the poor ethnic core leftover from the era of Snoop-Dogg-wannabes-with-PS2s- in-Escalades and exposed them as entitled little airheaded shits. The rest is more recent history. Just covering the basics you missed because you weren't born yet...
"The rest is more recent history. Just covering the basics you missed because you weren't born yet... " If I had been drinking, it would have been a spit-take. Bravo, sir. Bravo.
there are still gamers. you just cant confuse all gamers with the small number of gamers who religiously comment online. many of us who comment online are sociopaths with too much time on their hands.
When ms entered the industry. You`re allowed to complain and disagree, but this is the fact. I`ve been through all generations since the NES days and last generation when the box launched the fanboyism have gotten extreme. This generation many games have been released multi-platform. It wrecked the uniqueness of the consoles. It`s horrible actually. Thank the boys upstairs for Nintendo and some of the exclusives on PS3. Long live unique gaming and burn all copycats. Edit: Take a look at this and weep. This is what gaming news is about this generation: http://n4g.com/news/697244/... "ITS OFFICIAL!!!"
it's still alive here.
There have always been "system wars" since gaming began. Cost of gaming isnt the issue since gaming today is cheaper whenyou factor in inflation. The reason it seems worse today is because of technology. The Internet has made it incredibly easy to share your opinion to a broad range of people you normally would never meet. It has also killed what little integrity game journalism had when everyone with an Internet connection received their very own degree in journalism. -Death
Anyone who thinks this is true wasn't alive when the SNES and Genesis were going at it.
Bullshit. This type of thing have always existed since the Genesis vs Snes ages. Edit> LOL, I just noticed adrock2099 comment now. You got it right dude. +1 Agree.
I used to be a fanboy because I had to make choices about the gaming systems I invested in. Growing up in a household where one parent really didn't approve of gaming made things even more difficult. I ended up having to choose one console out of each generation up to the PS2/XBOX/GCN era when I could start buying my own stuff. Then again, the internet wasn't the force of nature it is today, either, so I wasn't exposed to as much fanboy hate as exists today.
The difference now is the internet has become a breeding ground where anyone with a keyboard can now express themselves in any manner they wish. There was rivalries with Sega and Nintendo but it didn't explode like it does now because people didn't really have the access they have now. I do however see the most hate towards Microsoft. Sure some could say the Playstation 3 got a lot of bad press but there is real resentment out there for Microsoft entering the console market. Nintendo seems to have gone their own way from Sony but Microsoft has crowded Sony and because of that the big supporters of Sony have become very vocal. N4G is a prime example of this. There are far more Playstation 3 owners who seem to post more than anyone else and because of that we get lopsided discussions.
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