I'm not entirely sure why I used to be as defensive of Nintendo as I used to be (hell, to an extent I still am but not as much as before, I'd say) but I can tell you this; it led to nothing but a bad attitude, some nasty arguments and some bittersweet conclusions. It was quite often in response to extremely negative comments in regards to, at the time, Nintendo's upcoming console the Wii U. This was after its E3 unveiling but before its followup E3 press conference. Many of these comments were outright insulting toward fans of Nintendo; saying how they were "stupid," "man-children," or "brainwashed." And this rhetoric was completely acceptable at the time.
Nowadays I prefer to take a slightly more neutral stance since a few more people who share my mindset are there to engage in mature debates as well as that I am interested in discussions about games/companies other than Nintendo. Obviously my personal preferences dominate how approach said discussions, but I like to think I am not as extremely pro Nintendo as I was a year before.
That said, it seems a large part of the community does not possess a great deal of neutrality for the most part. I've been seeing much debate (and in some cases petty squabbling) between enthusiasts of the PS4 and PC gamers, as well as those anticipating the Nextbox. Having a preference in any of these three platforms is perfectly fine, in fact I welcome this variety. However, the extreme nature of any one side needs to be toned down somewhat. And just to clarify, YES, this does indeed include extreme fans of Nintendo or any of their content.
I remember when the screenshots of The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker Reborn were shown, I noticed that a number of the comments were praising the look of the game a lot. To me the graphical upgrade seems rudimentary. Not to say it looks bad, in fact it's quite beautiful, but it wasn't the "big leap" I was looking for. One person suggested that it was "better" than Pixar-esque graphics. Now, I can understand loving the art style more than that of a Pixar film... but graphical fidelity? It's alright to praise Nintendo's work (I mean, come on, if you're reading this then you probably already know I do it all the time), but keep it within reason. Nintendo's FAR from the point of CGI film graphics with this console, regardless of good the games will look in the end, I think.
Onto a Sony related topic, an article went up a week or so ago involving whether or not the Playstation Vita will pick up in sales due to its cross-compatibility with the Playstation 4. I personally felt that because of its compatibility with the PS3 failing to sell any initial units, the PS4 compatibility would fair no better since the Vita is a $250 - $300 handheld device, not necessarily a controller and the latter should not be its primary feature. And this is not a criticism so much as it is an observation of the market. Yet in this particular discussion I was labelled as a troll (albeit by what I presume to be an actual troll). I also received many disagrees for the comments involved.
I mean in that regard, sure, it's fine not to agree with my thoughts on the matter, but I'm more bothered by being labelled a troll for simply engaging in honest discussion. I never once bashed the Vita or the PS4 (matter of fact I've praised both in the past), and I was simply commenting on the topic at hand involving cross-compatibility and how it would affect the sales of the Vita (in which case, I honestly thought it would not). If I called the Vita/PS4 "rubbish" then yes, I would understand it completely, but this instance was hardly a case of needless or hateful bashing.
I totally acknowledge that I should not be showering Nintendo with constant praise and I try to make sure not to do it to the point of needlessness. But at the same time, if I'm not necessarily showering another company's products with praise in a comment, how exactly am I being inflammatory?
Everything goes both ways and what goes around comes around, as they say. There should be an essence of a middle ground; a place where if someone is not entirely for or against a specific topic they should not be blasted by fans or haters because of it while the rest focus on trying to refrain from being too far blue or too far red on the spectrum.
Let me end it by saying this; I love Nintendo's games as much as any Sony fan loves Sony's games or so on. But I'm well aware Nintendo as a company has its flaws but I continue to support them in spite of it, just as I know not to slam another company when they make a mistake here or there. That's generally what sensible fans do. If I can do that, I'm not sure why others here cannot.