You know what I miss? I miss the days when people were simply excited to see a new piece of hardware. For the chance of a new experience. When fanboys were a minority on forums, and people genuinely looked forward to something new and exciting instead of seeing it as some kind of ridiculous threat to their chosen corporate tribe. The pre-"meh" days of the internet, if you like.
Right now, it seems like some people want Sony to fail, other people want Nintendo to fail, still others profess and rejoice at the decline of MicroSoft with it's increasing focus on Kinect at the expense of "generic-yet-another-shooter 4".
PC gamers seem to hate everything that isn't a PC, or mouse and keyboard based; while the only thing that unites console gamers is general hatred of PC gamers, and possibly Nintendo especially among those riciculous enough to consider themselves "hardcore", as if anyone reading their comments hasn't the same enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the medium they share.
There's far too much schadenfreude. A chorus of "I told you so" and "yay" when a games company gets into trouble. Fuck the jobs at risk, eh?: Am I right lads? They fucking deserve it... how dare they try and make games that we don't like.
As if it's a good thing that we stand a good chance of having a homogenised games market where "generic racer 5" differentiates itself from "generic racer 5a" by the boundless choice of racing stripes available to them.
Oh wait, we're already there. Thanks for that, fanboys.
I keep on saying it, but I'll say it here again. To me fanboyism encompasses corporate loyalty and hatred of any one corporation. It all amounts to sucking Satan's bell end. If you indulge in it, you are wishing away the diversity of a medium which desperately needs it. I'll never understand it. I just wish it would go away, but I guess the internet is now the home of "meh" and hate.
Is there anyone here who can explain fanboyism to me in a way that isn't frothing at the mouth? Or in a way that's even halfway sensible?