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The Fanboy Mentality

Posted on 9/5/2013 by with 10 comments

Fan Boys

I read a lot probably too much and the one thing that keeps coming up no matter what site I go to, is the whole game system #1 is better than games system #2.

To be honest with you as I always try to be, it doesn’t really matter which one is better. I have no fight to win here and bones to pick with anyone or their gaming console for that matter. I love to game on a lot of different platforms. I am willing to try anything and these next generation look pretty sweet.

I have heard people calling me a fanboy of PC gaming before, well I guess you could say that. I do use my PC for gaming more than any console. As far as being a fanboy I use my computer as a tool for the most part, which is something I can’t do on a console.

I like the PC because being an engineer I like to tinker with new parts and different configurations. Sorry that’s in my blood.

I’m not knocking them.

Now people say this is better than that, based solely on what they bought to justify it.

I will never have the best computer, but it suits my needs and that’s all that I ask for out of it. I really wish I could hear more of this out of consoles gamer crowd, but I think I’m barking up the tree.

For some reason they console gamer crowd love to debunk the others game systems achievement, à la cold war style. Disinformation, threats, and flame wars in forums.  What is going on here?

Next Generation Consoles

With each new generation of new consoles come farther divide in the consoles gamers. This is better! No that’s better! It’s like having a conversation with a 5-year-old.

The only people laughing about this besides a few people who are watching from the sidelines are the console making companies. They have an audience that is being held captive by only being able to play certain games on certain machines.

I hear this a lot I only bought this game console to play this game. I can say this was me for the PS3, but I grew into it I really liked a lot of the PS3 only games.

I don’t consider myself a fanboy of anything, I look at most everything gaming with an open mind. I wish more people had this mentality.


So today I ask you, are you a fanboy?

10 responses to The Fanboy Mentality

  1. On September 5th, 2013 at 11:57 am , Jennawynn said...

    “Fanboy”-ism is an interesting topic. What it comes down to is this:

    Bob really wants to play X game. If it is an exclusive, he purchases the appropriate system. If not, he picks a system based on any number of variables, whether it is price, popularity, aesthetics, processor speed, or just because it was the first one he saw. Bob is happy with his choice.

    Joe does the same. Joe is happy with his choice.

    Joe sees Bob has System A, but Joe has System B. Joe and Bob both believe they are knowledgeable (because we all think we know better than other people), and their discussion about the systems turns into a game of one-up-manship. To admit they made a mistake in choosing their preferred system is to admit to not being knowledgeable, so instead, they come up with better reasons why they chose their system. (It may have started with “because it was white,” but then it turned into exclusives and processors.)

    Because they are now defending their position, it is strengthened in their heads. For the other to be right “System A is better than B” means they are wrong… and there’s not much worse than being wrong.

    And this is the example of cognitive dissonance and belief perseverance that I should have used in psychology class.

    Me personally? I like mods on PC, I like the XBox controller, and my husband and I have enough disposable income that we eventually purchase all the main competitors. We have a PS3, 2 360s and a Wii. I only play PS3 when playing exclusives, and prefer XBox overall, but PC when playing something that has mods… but I still use the XBox controller on the PC if I can.

  2. On September 5th, 2013 at 3:00 pm , Chris said...

    Wow very nice break down. I understand physics better than psychology, so I think differently.


  3. On September 5th, 2013 at 9:20 pm , Trimaj said...

    i’ve never really understood the need to declare one over the other really. it just strikes me as silly. i’m one of those equal opportunity gamers, who goes by what games i want to play and where i can play them the easiest and most comfortably, and because of that i’ve always kind of disliked the playstation line of consoles for one very, very simple reason: i hate their controllers. they’re too small, don’t fit my hands even slightly, and the joysticks are far too sensitive and loose. but as was said above me, i do like playing games on a PC for the mod option. that is just awesome to be able to do, and i can’t wait until that finally becomes possible on consoles (assuming that day ever comes).

  4. On September 6th, 2013 at 12:40 am , aquacompass said...

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  5. On September 6th, 2013 at 4:06 pm , Grady Meston said...

    Great post. Arguing over systems seems futile. They’re slightly different cows, both make milk.

    I own a PS3 and an Xbox, and I enjoy both. The exclusives available on PS3 are fantastic. (Especially The Last of Us.) But Gears of War, Alan Wake, and the Halo franchise are great examples of exclusives available on Xbox.

    People have a need to defend themselves, especially if they chose one system over another. I think that’s where a lot of the arguing comes in. Nothing based in fact, just opinion.

  6. On September 6th, 2013 at 4:20 pm , Chris said...

    So right!

  7. On September 7th, 2013 at 4:50 pm , Count Else said...

    I’m no fanboy. I’ve never owned a game console either. However, I have seen one or two beer fueled game console debates get physical.

    I prefer to tinker with PCs and Oses. Interesting article though. Slick looking site, by the way.
    Thanks for the Likes, too.

  8. On September 7th, 2013 at 5:02 pm , Chris said...

    Thanks Else

  9. On September 10th, 2013 at 1:53 am , Mr.Chipster said...

    Sometimes a little disagreement can bring gamers together in a different form of solidarity. I find that when I argue with my friends about stupid things like this it’s more or less for the fun of it, and to help us better articulate why we enjoy a particular game console in the future. I don’t see why some discord in the gaming community is bad. It not only creates healthy competition between different companies, (which in turn gets us better games and consoles) but it also helps us have diversity and appreciation for what we enjoy even if it’s not the same.

  10. On September 10th, 2013 at 9:26 am , Chris said...

    Very true, I wish that was the case all the time because the fanboys seem to be able to tear each other apart in the drop of a hat.

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