Fan boys have always existed. Whether it was someone during the 16-bit era, the first foray into the world of polygons or even just last generation, fan boys have always been waving their favorite companies’ flags. This generation things are different though. These fan boys don’t just blindly support their company, in order for them to enjoy their product, they must take away the enjoyment of others as well.
No more are the days of just enjoying your company’s machine and defending it to the death. Now in order for some to enjoy their purchases, they have to make sure that people that made the opposite decision are not enjoying theirs.
I know this is not an age issue, as I’ve seen more and more grown men get into these arguments that usually end in name calling and homophobic slurs. My theory is that it is a money issue. As a gamer, our purchases range from five to 60 dollars, so when we have to invest in a machine that costs around 400 – 500 dollars, many are very insecure about their purchases.
This will cause a lot of them to lash out when questioned or even go out of their way to try and degrade the competition. Although I still think that my theory is the right one, it still floors me that it has come to this.
Like I stated before, I know there has always been fan boys, but I think back in the day they were more focused on their own consoles. I remember growing up with the Sega Genesis and having friends that were huge Nintendo supporters and owned the SNES. We were always big on talking our own systems up, never talking shit about the other one. We, and many others, recognized the pluses of both systems and acknowledged they were both good machines.
That’s what I wish would happen this generation. Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are great machines that millions are enjoying the hell out of. I’m sick of the “gamers” who enjoy watching machines, games and franchises fail more than they enjoy playing and discussing them.
I hope that we can do away with these types of fan boys in the future and just enjoy the great era of gaming we are in. A guy can dream, can’t he?