Fanboys Make The World Go Round

Recently an editorial on Destructiod written by Jim Sterling raised eyebrows, alarms, and anger levels in the minds of the Sony fanboy army. It was entitled “Fact: PS3 Fanboys are the worst” and was based on the very argument it states in the title. To sum up or paraphase what was said is basically that out of all of the fanboys of the 3 console manufacturers, Sony’s followers are at the very bottom of the bunch, probably one level up from shit. My favorite line was “perhaps they just have tiny penises” (his words, not mine).

Where he (and many like him) see them as the worst kind of fanboy scum, I have a different take all together. I consider them as the most passionate. This does not apply to only one group of brand loyalists; Nintendo and Microsoft fanboys are included as well. I know that most would agree with Sterling’s piece in the regard that not all fanboys are created equal (albeit some more ignorant than others) but one thing that you can’t take away is that these types of gamers have serious (sometime blinded) passion and loyalty to their console of choice no matter what.

This notion that “suits” in the corporate offices of the big 3 console makers could care less about fanboys I think is quite incorrect. Saying that exclusivity petitions are pointless and without merit is also false. Here’s quick example of this. Last year Sony fanboys (as patient as they were for a whole year before that) began to get very frustrated over the lack of features and functionality of the PSN. You don’t have to go too far back to recall a time when the XMB was inaccessible while in game, and the PSN lacked many simple functions (available to Xbox Live users for years) like an in-game chat option. These functions weren’t a part of Sony’s original feature set when the PS3 originally launched. It was after the Sony fanboy army (and critics alike) started demanding change that things began to turn around. The question is: do you think if it wasn’t demanded of them, would Sony have done anything? I don’t think so. Most corporations, in order to save money usually rely on the, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, especially in times of economic downturn. Yet with this current generation of consoles being readily able to connect to the Internet and firmware/features updates possible it is because of these “ignorant” and “rabid” fanboys (doesn’t matter the brand) making demands that there is a sense of accountability on the behalf of the console manufacturers.

If marketers and advertisers alike were just one tenth as passionate and dedicated to what they represent like fanboys are, I couldn’t  begin to imagine how much of an even bigger audience and bigger markets that video games would be able to reach. As a gaming journalist, I hate it when I go to an event to check out or get hands on time with a title, and I’m getting an earful from a non-gaming-educated, uninterested, public relations robot. It makes me wish they would throw in a  crazy one-sided fanboy just to spark things up for a change.Those guys can convince anyone that a crappy game is anything but.

Gaming Sites , Blogs, and forums may be the vehicle, but it’s the fanboys (even with all their faults, and the Sony ones with their “small penises”)that are the fuel that helps to drive change in the industry we all share and love. Now that’s a fact.

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  • Leopard

    yea! The gaming world would be soooooo boring if there are no fanboyism!! 😀

  • Sonyfan

    Go play your addon to penis lol.

  • E74

    only dickhead will buy that RROD crap, and will be paying for P2P multiplayer.

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  • Sure, there’s your typical fanboy and then there’s your rabid, over-the-top, will-kill-his-own-mother-if-she-buys-an-opposing-console type of fanboy.

    The former is fine, the latter is nothing but an annoyance and a blight on the industry. Sure, they can perhaps cause companies to change things, but there is a line, and if you cross it you move from just being an over-zealous fanboy to being a plain ol’ jerk.

  • Darkie

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to write an article in anyway defending or encourageing the kind of rabbid fanboyism we see from some of these extremist Sony fans. These are guys who have been known to threaten article writers, wish death upon others who do not agree with them, and lace comments with vulgarities to the point of near unreadability, and a total lack of rationality.

    This is like saying “sure those islamic extremists blow up woman and children, but they’re not so bad cuz they sure are a passionate bunch.”

  • Jeremy Gerard

    The article from destructoid was actually a very good article, (all supported factual points)it had far stronger points than this article here.

    Take a read, the other side of the story.

  • LevelHead

    You see, E74, is what’s wrong with fanboys. Yes it’s ok to be passionate about your console preference but it’s idiots like him that’s the real problem. You see, to him/her it’s not so much about being passionate about the PS3 but how much resentment and ignorance he and others can inflict on the other consoles. Especially the Xbox 360 because it’s its closest competitor. So to identify the PS3 they need to downplay the importance of the Xbox 360.

    Sony fanboys are far the most arrogant, ignorant and self-centered of the bunch.

  • suckingituptoyoubillg

    Hey smarty!!! why don’t you just complain to microsoft and tell them to release a new 360 with both the processor and gpu using the 45 nm process so you can get rid of the RRoD at least.

    p.s and remember, be smart!!! keep paying a 100 dollars for a wireless adapter and 150 dollars for a 120gb hard drive and keep paying more so you can play on-line, oh boy a real genius!!!!

  • oceancalm

    What’s really funny E74 is that only a couple of games on ps3 have dedicated servers. Most rely on p2p just like live, but ignorance is bliss.