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What defines a "fanboy"

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!

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ironflag5554012d ago

your telling me this because ?

Skerj4012d ago

I vote for blog topic of the year, here's hoping that this will start a well thought out debate of intelligent minds from all sides. HAH hope springs eternal. In any case you now know someone who purchased the Xbox/360 and is not a fan of Halo in the least.

lswanson14012d ago

I just want to know what people think about what defines a fanboy. It seems to be tossed around really lightly anymore and i dont think it needs to be. Cant you like one system over another and not be called a fanboy? I like choclate over vanilla, does that make me a fanboy for chocolate? Stupid right?

Kuest4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

you ARE a fan boy for chocolate. Don't try to weasel your way out by bringing ice cream into this thread (thought you could distract me, eh?).

If you LIKE something, you're a fanboy (its true!). That's it, my definition = law. So, from now on- users in this thread are either "PSturds" or "Xbots".

There's no middle ground, you HAVE to CHOOSE!

By the way... Vanilla is so much better than chocolate. it has way more games... I mean, flavor and is much better-looking. Just compare the sales between # of chocolate sold and # of vanilla sold. Vanilla clearly pwns chocolate.

socomnick4012d ago

Well I dont think its vanilla tastes like pecan.

Skerj4012d ago

The fanboy label is thrown around so much now because there are a crapton of fanboys. I'll define a fanboy in one sentence: Blind allegiance to a product or company without seeing anything good in the competition. Read around some topics on N4G with that in your mind.

ironflag5554012d ago

ya its stupid, so what if anyone is a fanboy of anything its there own prefence, im a ps3 fanboy

Kuest4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

I love these articles- so enlightening. NOT!

Picture an abused wife. Their husband beats them up constantly, yet they take it in stride and continue to love the ol fool (even though they're dying inside). Same thing goes for a fanboy.

Are you dying inside? Do you constantly feel the need to prove your console to the rest of the world? Do you feel like you have an ALLEGIANCE to one console? Chances are you're a fanboy... and I hate fanboys.

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