This term "fanboy" is becoming a common term that I feel is used too much these days in context of 360/PS3 comparisons. Wikipedia defines a fanboys as:
Fanboy is a term used to describe an individual (usually male; the feminine version fangirl may be used for females) who is utterly devoted to a single fannish subject, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession. Fanboys remain loyal to their particular obsession, disregarding any factors (often including logic) that differ from their point of view.
Now no where in that definition does it say that personal taste is considered fanboyism. Personally, I have more experience and trust with Sony and therefore I prefer the PS3 to the 360. I have NOT had hardware failures nor any other problems with my PS3. Not very many 360 owners can say that. So because I choose a more reliable company with a more established history in the gaming industry, apparently I am a fanboy according to some in the N4G community. I dont consider myself to be a fanboy and I will give you an example of why, if the PS3 had the same hardware failures as the 360, I would hold the two platforms equal and since the 360 does "currently" have a better game library I would prefer a 360 over a PS3. However, that is not the case. Veterans to the industry, Sony and Nintendo have delivered time and time again reliable consoles that deliver in the gaming department. New comer to the industry, Microsoft, has in my mind, gotten lucky with the Halo Franchise. I honestly dont know one single person who is a 360/former Xbox owner that would have purchased the system had it not been for the Halo Franchise. If we could go back in time and remove that from Xbox, I honestly feel the Xbox would have been another Dreamcast system and would have died within a year or two. I dont know, call me a fanboy but thats how I see it. Reliability through a track record is what sells me on a console and that console is PS3!