On N4G their have been SO much trash talk about who is a fanboy, and whose console is better. Not only on N4G, but pretty much every gaming website. (Although N4G is the best example of fanboyism, because its glaringly obvious). I thought I knew what the meaning of fanboy meant, but I have seen so many comments that use the word fanboy that I barley know what it means anymore.
When I first found N4G I thought the meaning of fanboy meant someone who is loyal to a franchise, and I still think that. With that definition in mind I think I am a PlayStation (or SCE) fanboy. The reason I didn't say Sony fanboy is because I don't think I'm loyal enough. I only have 2 Sony products, and those are the PS3, and the PSP. I consider myself a PlayStation fanboy, because I trust the games they make, and I defend the company when somebody says something bad about them. If they have some opinions that they can back up i'll except it. If they have facts about it I will except that. I DON'T REPLY WITH AN IGNORANT RESPONSE. Which brings me to my next point.
Some people here think a that the meaning of fanboy is someone who spouts ignorant nonsense, and backs up their company by any means necessary. Personally I don't agree with this meaning. I will say it again that I think that I am a PlayStation fanboy, and when I see people bashing on a person's comment, because it was ignorant, and calls him/her a fanboy I think "Whoa hold on not all PlayStation fanboys are like that."
Some people just think that being a fanboy means just taking agreeing or defending a company. Like when someone says "I don't think Halo: Reach deserved a 10/10" that person gets labeled as a "Sony fanboy". Same thing when someone says "Uncharted 2 isn't the best game this generation" that person gets labled as a "Microsoft fanboy". Seriously not everybody thinks the same, and have the same preferences.
What I'm trying to say is that I think that nowadays the term fanboy is used way to loosely. So loosely that i'm staring to forget the meaning of it. People call each other fanboys left and right like how they eat, and sleep. They don't like Gears Of War...FANBOY! They don't like Killzone...FANBOY! He doesn't like Mario...FANBOY. Well thats what i'm trying to say is STOP BEING SO DEFENSIVE, AND CALM DOWN. JUST BECAUSE THEY DON'T AGREE WITH YOU DOESN'T MEAN THEIR A FANBOY! IN FACT YOUR A FANBOY, BECAUSE YOUR ACCUSING THEM OF BEING A FANBOY.
P.S. If you comment answer the title. What exactly is a fanboy?