Fanboys: Them Folk be Crazy!


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First off let me just say that at its purest form I love fanboyism. Fanboys make: midnight openings possible, communities function, and the people that make the games and movies we all love really feel special. I myself happen to be a Star Wars fan boy. Whenever someone says the ewoks come from Endor I correct them saying that “Ewoks are actually from the forest moon of Endor. The planet Endor is a gas giant.” Yet despite my huge love for Star Wars, I’d never say that Star Trek sucks because it isn’t Star Wars. So then what makes certain fanboys go out of their way to discredit a game or console just because it is in competition with what they have and enjoy?

It would be easy for us to just assume that the fanboys in question are just angry people that like to make others feel as they do, but in reality it’s a much more complex(and potentially philosophical). It’s because the Xbox and the Playstation are very similar yet different.  Oh I know I’m going to get some uber hate mail for saying that the Xbox and Playstation are very similar but it’s true fanboys. They’re both 4 player, high definition, gaming consoles with online support. If you were to ask anyone that doesn’t play videogames what the difference between the two systems are they would probably say that “they have different games right?” And if you were to ask anyone who owns both systems they’d tell you that “They’re both good. Xbox has a better online system in place and the Playstation has blu-ray and doesn’t break as often.”

Alas I don’t ever see fanboys getting along with each other. They’ll always say what they have is better than the competition which makes the competition escalate with a comeback and so on(it’s a viscous cycle). I’d like to think that we could eventually reason with the fanboys. But these are people that spent 6 hours inline for the midnight opening for Transformers 2, and there’s no reasoning with that type of person.


Editorial by Ninth Batter the author/creator of Nobody Like You.

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About NinthBatter

NinthBatter(or Jack) was born in 1518 on the shores of Loch Shiel in the highlands of Scotland. Seriously though, Ninth is a small town geek born and raised although he does live in Los Angeles now. He’s been gaming since the SNES with “Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.” He currently games on PC, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS, and the N-Gage(it’s a GameBoy and a phone!) He also has a Wii but currently uses it as a door stop. If you haven’t been able to figure it out, Ninth prefers to take a light-hearted and humorous approach to gaming. He also loves Pokemon…the handheld games…seriously.