Deep down, all hardcore gamers feel an unbreakable bond towards a certain brand. In the real world, it's called loyalty. In the gamer community, you're a fanboy. It doesn't have to be this way! I'm here to give you some tips on how to shut the hell up and not look like a stupid asshole preaching about the benefits of owning a gamecube, and how Xbox Live is run by Bin Laden. We are all fanboys, but there are those that can keep our bias under control. We all have urges to be ignorant, but we rarely fall victim to those urges. You can be a collected fanboy too...
1. Recognize your feelings.
When somebody says something negative towards your console, don't act on the impulse to respond quickly and irrationally. This is a life skill that we all must learn to be successful in anything we do. Sit back, and think about the comment. Is it true? Is it accurate? Is this just an opinion? If so, you can kindly place your own counter-agrument without looking like a douche. Observe:
"I personally think that the fee on Xbox Live is stupid. I shouldn't have to pay extra money to play online!"
Disagree? Well that's fine! Don't say this:
"Yeah, well you're a stupid faggot. With exclusives like Gears of War 2 and Allan Wake, your shitty PS3 is a piece of shit and I'm going to stab your face you fuckbag!"
That guy, is clearly a douche, who also can't read. Try this instead:
"Well, I for one am a paying customer for Xbox Live and I find it's worth every penny. It's really a great platform. You don't need to use it, if you don't think it's worth it. Try getting a Wii, or PS3, the online is free."
See? He disagreed, and also made it clear that he is happy with his purchase, and understands that you have your own opinion.
2. Never instigate other gamers.
I know it's hard to be kind to those that weren't kind to you (Speaking of course to PS3 owners about 360 fanboys), but it's not impossible. I own all 3 consoles, and I found that the tremendous amount of hate towards the PS3 was outrageous, and uncalled for. It became a sin to admit you owned one, when in reality, all I sought was a nice place to talk about my PS3. If everyone would just be more understanding and less offensive when attacking certain consoles, people wouldn't feel the need to get back at each other when their console gets some good news.
3. Stop lying. Seriously though, it's fucking retarded.
Heres the worst one. We've all done it to make our favorite console look better to oblivious people. We make shit up, and no matter how small it is, it's to help our console look better. Once you get busted for doing this, you're a huge douchebag, and your credibility is often blown. This is the number one reason people hate gamestop. The employees make shit up.
It's not cool. If you were truly happy with your console of choice, why do you lie about it, and make the others sound worse with your stupid lies? You sir, are a boner biting bastard.
4. JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP!
When things to get too heated, and you feel the fanboy urge, just fuck off and make a sandwich or something. If you're a fat nerd, go for a jog. If you're in a wheelchair, too fucking bad for you. Maybe you should have thought of this before you lost your working legs.
Look, these are just tips that can make online communities so much better. To be honest, we all act like savages! Other industries do not have the dedicated audience Video Gaming does. Why should that mean that we have to act barbaric and make shitty one liners about other pieces of plastic while we worship our own? We could just be more productive, less fucking retarded. Sorry for wasting your time.
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