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#1 Posted by adam1808 (1355 posts) -


#2 Edited by adam1808 (1355 posts) -

Hey guys, so I was thinking: with new consoles comes fresh divisions between players on which systems they like most/despise more. As the next generation is probably hitting next year, how bad do you think the console fanboyism is going to get? Its toned down now because people are sick of this gen, but do you think the next set of machines will inspire the same level of zealous internet fighting that was going on 5 years ago? Will it be better, worse or the same?

#3 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

It will be the same as before. Always has been always will be. People never stop being stupid, always remember that.

#4 Edited by randiolo (1090 posts) -

I would hope that people have grown the f up. The 13-17 year old with Stockholm syndrome suck with what ever console they could only afford should be behind us now. I too are sick of this generation, i just hope they (sony/microsorf) have learnt from their mistakes.

Edit: then again.. their will always be more shitty young teens..and this is the internet after all..

#5 Posted by adam1808 (1355 posts) -

@Canteu said:

It will be the same as before. Always has been always will be. People never stop being stupid, always remember that.

It has gotten better over the years though. The Sega/Nintendo feud eclipses anything that went on in the last two generations.

#6 Posted by dungbootle (2454 posts) -

It will keep increasing exponentially with every succeeding generation until we reach a singularity of boneheaded brand loyalty.

#7 Posted by isomeri (1217 posts) -

War never changes.

#8 Posted by BillyMethers (149 posts) -

Same as before.

Anybody who rabidly defends a platform without having a financial interest or any stock in either company is an idiot.

#9 Edited by aceofspudz (915 posts) -

It's generally accepted that sony and ms can coexist and receive basically the same titles at the same level of quality, and nintendo will continue to pursue their blue ocean with the occasional bone thrown to the loyal.

I believe Sony and MS are both operating on PC hardware at this point, so essentially...they're all the same console anyway. There isn't even an architectural difference to pin your loyalty to.

So I don't expect the console war to be all that rabid this time.

#10 Posted by SargeGulp (237 posts) -

I think it improved when it became apparent that both were doing fine, that both could exist and be successful. At one point Sony was being eclipsed by microsoft, which fostered this ridiculous competition between the two user bases.

#11 Posted by RioStarwind (478 posts) -

It will always be the same till the end of time. Rabid fans will pop up with really good competing platforms. It's just one of the flaws we have to live with in this Internet age.

#12 Posted by Otacon (2208 posts) -

There will always be the new generation of 13 year olds arguing about allegiance to a consumer product, this will never change. All the old 'fanboys' have grown up ... and now argue about their choice of phone on message boards instead. A new generation brings a fresh face to all this rubbish unfortunately but I hope the Giantbomb community keeps its reputation of comparable level headedness. It remains one of the few news outlets of its kind where the comments sections aren't always full of pointless bickering.

#13 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

I'm in the fangirl league, but will stay objective.

#14 Edited by L44 (548 posts) -

The more the internet is integrated into things, the more it'll get worse. Not necessarily in quantity but in exposure. Anyone seen the aggro at the AC3 IGN review? I'm pretty fucking certain that most of the people who watched/read that review havent played it yet. I realise this isnt console fanboyism but it's the same kind of thing of aggressive contrived abuse that fanboys use to get at each others throats all the time.

#15 Posted by RPGee (759 posts) -

I invoke the Louis C.K. law of appreciation: "Everything's amazing and nobody's happy."

So yeah, there'll be fanboy/girl-ism (respect to Ms Morrow) but I don't know if it'll be worse. Certainly bad.

#16 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2205 posts) -

I don't really see much console fanboyism but then again i only pay attention to this site's forum. Even then I only see opinions for why PC or console are better than each other.

#17 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2181 posts) -

It's gonna be the same if not worse. Just like every other generation.

#18 Posted by Svenzon (711 posts) -

You'd think people would have gotten over that crap by now, but I still have customers at my work arguing that one platform is better. They never have any reason to prefer one either, so I guess it's just something that's been deeply rooted inside and refuses to let go.

#19 Posted by Bigandtasty (3202 posts) -

Less idiocy concerning different consoles; more idiocy concerning console vs. PC, unpopular genres, review scores, DLC, and various other lovely issues.

#20 Posted by Azteck (7450 posts) -

People will be childish no matter how old they are. I just hope I don't have to see it.

#21 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

I think it'll be a little better. This generation had people paying like $800 bucks for PS3's (some high number anyway) right off the bat, then finding out they weren't very good. On the flip side X-Box was still not cheap, and supposedly not technically as good as PS3 so that of course "had" to be defended as well. Then by now we've all learned they're pretty much the same, and only crazy weirdos are engaging in this console war stuff.

I think next gen a lot of us are going to make much more informed decisions regarding what we buy, therefore making us happier with what we buy, and hopefully reducing that kind of thing.

Of course it'll never go away totally because some people are just fucked.

#22 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

I have no real idea, I stopped using GaiaOnline a long time ago.

#23 Posted by haggis (1677 posts) -

As much as I'd hope gamers would get over fanboyism, they won't. The only reason we've seen less fanboyism with consoles is because the consoles are so damned old, and one only needs to sit in front of a AAA title on the PC for a few seconds to see how dated graphics look on both the Xbox and PS3. And yet as soon as new consoles come out, it's going to come back with a vengeance.

It's mostly about a need to defend a purchase or choice. Often people will have buyer's remorse about a mid-range ticket item like a game console. They become fanboys often (though not always) because they're trying to justify their choice to themselves, to convince themselves that their purchase was better than the alternative. Childish, and a waste of energy. I mean, seriously, people made it a point of moral superiority that they bought one console over another. It's mind-bogglingly idiotic, and idiocy is difficult to uproot. If I had to guess, it'll be worse next gen. But then I'm a pessimist when it comes to human nature.

#24 Posted by Vinny_Says (5681 posts) -

Children will always need to justify the $300 console their mothers got them.

#25 Posted by Hunter5024 (5508 posts) -

Once I have one of the systems I'm going to embrace it like a new child, while simultaneously asserting how fucking shit the other console is, right up until I can afford both, and then I'll act like I'm better than all that. How else am I supposed to deal with my bitterness over not having both the toys I want?

#26 Posted by cannonballBAM (579 posts) -

Its so blurred across right now it doesn't really matter.

#27 Posted by Benny (1947 posts) -

I think all these people play minecraft now so whichever console has that will probably be the source of all if this nonsense.

#28 Posted by Doctorchimp (4067 posts) -

I think it seriously has toned down a lot...

Or my PC has made it so I really don't notice it at all anymore.

#29 Posted by ImHungry (376 posts) -

With any luck, the codename's will actually stick and then the arguments will just be fun to watch because people will be using dumb names like Durango and Orbis.

#30 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

Sony and Microsoft should just join forces to destroy the devil that is Apple.

#31 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

War... war never changes...

#32 Posted by adam1808 (1355 posts) -

@ImHungry said:

With any luck, the codename's will actually stick and then the arguments will just be fun to watch because people will be using dumb names like Durango and Orbis.

In that case I want a Durango, just so I can say Durango seriously at every possible opportunity.

#33 Posted by Akeldama (4236 posts) -

As a born again PC user, I am pretty excited to sit this console generation out and just enjoy the show.

#34 Posted by DeF (4776 posts) -

@aceofspudz said:

It's generally accepted that sony and ms can coexist and receive basically the same titles at the same level of quality, and nintendo will continue to pursue their blue ocean with the occasional bone thrown to the loyal.

I believe Sony and MS are both operating on PC hardware at this point, so essentially...they're all the same console anyway. There isn't even an architectural difference to pin your loyalty to.

So I don't expect the console war to be all that rabid this time.

The recent Bayonetta 2 debacle proved that if the "right" game is locked up in exclusivity, people will still go all out nuts like the world is ending.

#35 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

It will stop being as bad when the damn fanboi-idiots stop with their constant inbreeding! 

#36 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1230 posts) -

I honestly though that fanboyism was dying down. Only like middle schoolers agree if the xbox or PS3 or Wii is better than the other. Most older people could go, "Oh yea I have enough money to get another console" or "Who really cares!" I like playing on my xbox more but I can recognize that the current gen consoles are all great in their own way!

#37 Posted by Phatmac (5720 posts) -

It won't ever be as bad as Sega fanboys.

#38 Posted by Abendlaender (2734 posts) -

I imagine it will be like this:

WiiU Fanboys: Grafic is not that important, my tablett screen is!

PS4&720 Fanboys: It's all about the grafix biaaaaaaatch

PC Fanboys: All my games are so much better in every imaginable way and also you are all just kiddies!

And I will sit in a corner, eat popcorn and enjoy the hell out of it, then continue playing on my PC cause all of my games are so much better and consoles are for small and stupid children, unlike my PC which is for real men.

#39 Posted by Terramagi (1159 posts) -

@adam1808 said:

@Canteu said:

It will be the same as before. Always has been always will be. People never stop being stupid, always remember that.

It has gotten better over the years though. The Sega/Nintendo feud eclipses anything that went on in the last two generations.

The Great War is fought to this very day.

Sega shall rise again!

#40 Edited by JigsawIntoSpace (36 posts) -

Most console fanboys are like gay republican men. They were dealt a card in life (usually because of their mothers) and now they can't deal with it, so they just go around pounding their chests, claiming they're so fuckin' straight you pussy and oh yeah, durango is teh best console, enjoy your PS4 fag. All these console fanboys really want is to be double teamed by their favorite consoles/gay men. Or something. I don't really know how analogies work.

#41 Posted by Gruff182 (851 posts) -

It'll be the same.

Justifying their purchase/lives with stupidity.

I'll buy them both, even though I am and will always be a PC guy.

Games, their pretty cool.

#42 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4904 posts) -

Either way, it's gonna be loud, obnoxious and really really stupid.

#43 Posted by algertman (852 posts) -

Better probably. Sony fanboys have been destroyed these last few years over a hard dose of reality. Things like the PSP failing everywhere outside of Japan, the Vita failing everywhere, and PS3 not being a repeat of the PS2. Not to mention constantly getting jank ports from games built up on 360 first. Sure hardcore Sony fanboys still exist but it's like your crazy Uncle who you just smile and nod at. Just let them say have their minute to talk and move on.

#44 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@algertman said:

Better probably. Sony fanboys have been destroyed these last few years over a hard dose of reality. Things like the PSP failing everywhere outside of Japan, the Vita failing everywhere, and PS3 not being a repeat of the PS2. Not to mention constantly getting jank ports from games built up on 360 first. Sure hardcore Sony fanboys still exist but it's like your crazy Uncle who you just smile and nod at. Just let them say have their minute to talk and move on.

Typical to mention everything except the exclusives. 
Oh no, they probably got destroyed in that department too, I'm sure. 
#45 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I love my goddamn Wii better for sure. Surely it will be better. Even an old fart Nintendo fanboy like me knows how fucking stupid that shit is now. Giant Bomb and its forums taught me well.

#46 Posted by crusader8463 (14411 posts) -

This site is pretty quick with it's anti fan boy ranting threads so it should be fine here. As for everywhere else, it's the internet so it will be the same as ever. The only way it could be worse is if one company royally fucks up some major aspect of their system and every fan boy in existence latches onto it like the PS3 having no games for a few years after launch on a larger scale.

#47 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

Sega does what Nintendon't

#48 Posted by hermes (1350 posts) -

Same as before.

It will start pretty idiotic, but once the technology settles and both receives mostly the same games, it will turn pointless...

#49 Posted by YoungFrey (1321 posts) -

My perspective as an adult who can buy all the systems if I so choose is very different from a teenage who has to beg and plead to be given even a single one. People are naturally tribal. People get attached to anything they own. People justify their decisions whether they are good or bad. While I think it's dumb that there are petty pointless fights about systems, I absolutely understand why they exist. And in the realm of dumb shit our brains make us do, this is generally very benign.

#50 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

It will be the same as before. Hopefully GB stays mostly neutral and shuts down crazies before their fervor spreads. Even so, the next generation of teenage kids will be at the forefront, fighting for their chosen allegience with tooth and nail everywhere. Like fresh meat for the fanboyism grinder!!