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10:20 AM on 10.16.2009

Psychology: Why does a fanboy think the way he does?



We already know that fanboys are idiots. But WHY are they idiots? This was something that popped into my mind while sitting in my psychology class. Theres a general explanation that fanboys are "loyal" to a brand, because they only had enough money to buy one console. But does that mean that every person who can only afford to buy one console per generation, or even sometimes every OTHER generation, acts irrational? No. It all depends on the type of person you are, and psychology explains it as being 3 things. Very simply put, you can be completely close minded, open minded but highly biased towards your opinion, or simply open minded.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "OH I get it Ryu, fanboys are close minded, with the small exception of the few who fall in the middle right?". You see some of you might be worried about falling within that middle category. Don't worry, I find myself there as well. For a lot of people, its really hard to admit that they were wrong, even if they see compelling arguments for it. So because of that, I still cling to the belief that the 360 is better than the PS3, even though i totally want a PS3 and think it has a bunch of great games. Fanboys, however, have the complete inability to either completely ignore evidence against them.

But there ARE those out there who completely close themselves off to any evidence without any effect to them. I submit that these are NOT fanboys, and merely those who don't care about which console is better. They want to blindly go with one console, and stick with it until the end. They won't argue about it, because they're smart enough to know fighting about which console is better is STUPID. Having that much intelligence in the first place completely absolves them of any fanboy personality that I am aware of. They are however, still slightly irrational, and I would hope that those who might think they act like this would try to become more open to finding what console is best for you, instead of choosing blindly and clinging to that decision.



So maybe you understand a little about what characteristics a fanboy has, but still don't know WHY they act the way they do. This brings me back to my psychology class. We were discussing research bias. Essentially the three personality traits I described earlier as applied to psychologists performing research. See, scientists aren't perfect, and they argue about findings all the time, especially since psychology is a little iffy in certain areas. So what makes people ignore perfectly valid evidence towards one idea or another? It's called confirmation bias.

Essentially, a person with a predetermined thought will spend more time looking for, and put more emphasis on anything that validates their opinion. For example, if a psychologist is trying to determine if a suspect in a murder case is capable of such an act, they might know that says 70 percent of all men who commit murders were beaten as a child. I made up the number, so just stick with me in concept here. If the psychologist already thinks the suspect committed the crime, and then finds out that he was in fact beaten as a child, then the psychologist is likely to jump on that and rush to a conclusion. They will then forget to think about the fact that not 70 percent of every man who was beaten will perform a crime, because it doesn't help them solve the case.

This is the type of mentality that I think is heavily present in fanboys while arguing about which console is better. Those of us in the middle find ourselves somewhat prone to this as well, because most humans do about ANYTHING. What we don't do, however, is let these thoughts completely control our thoughts, and thats how we can differentiate between ourselves and fanboys. My advice to you is the same any psychologist would say to you, and that is to practice metacognition. Simply put, it means "knowing about knowing", which means to take time and closely think about your own decisions. If you think a decision you made might be slightly biased, maybe you should spend time researching the opposite side, and get a better perspective on things.



I would sit here and try to argue that you should teach fanboys the same thing, but as we've previously discussed, fanboys are idiots. This unfortunately means that even if we have a better understanding of why they act the way they do, we can't change them. So you might be screaming at your monitor, "Ryu you idiot! Why even bother looking at it in the first place if you we can't do anything about it? Why should you be looking at it at all if you're just some schmuck in an intro psych class?"

Reader, first of all shut the fuck up. Second of all, why think about anything? If something interests you, especially about video games and video game culture, I implore you to find out more about it, even if nothing comes of it. Sure I may just be taking an intro psych class, but that shouldn't stop me from using things I learn there to discover things about the gaming culture no one else had thought of, or only a few people have. I'm not saying what I'm saying is completely absolute either. I've done no research, merely observed a couple of things and come to a basic theory. If you disagree with me because you happen to be a psych major or even a psych professor for some reason, then go ahead and argue with me in the comments. In fact I encourage it.

So in conclusion reader, don't take fanboys seriously. If I'm onto something here, and I think I am, then you should take note that fanboys can't be argued with. At all. It's impossible. They're logic is so twisted and backwards that they can't even see that any evidence against them exists, let alone give them any credibility. And that, dear reader, is psychology.   read


5:40 PM on 09.04.2009

Twisted Pixel announces "Comic Jumper"



Twisted pixel has announced its next project "Comic Jumper" which looks to be a sidescrolling shooter fare. It also seems to have that wonderful pixar look to it that Twisted pixel is known for. Not much else on this right now, but can't wait to find out when this comes out.

via IGN   read


1:33 PM on 08.14.2009

Super Smash FNF: Dedede, kamikaze extraordinaire .



Oh Pit. This is what you get for your SPAM.

Brawl. Tonight. If I can somehow steal myself away from rhythm heaven (ITS SO HARD BUT SO GOOD). If you can get away from other games that may or may not be better than brawl why don't you follow the instructions below and join us for a magically filled time.

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read


1:18 PM on 08.13.2009

Flipnote Studio Shenanigans: PEW PEW PEW



So I've been fooling around with this new free app for the dsi the last few days. Its a great way to waste time animating random stuff, and if you have a dsi you HAVE to get it, especially since its free. My only gripes about the product is the limited color pallet. You can only draw black, red, and blue colors, which leaves alot up to creativty and less up to actual presentation.

Anyways, I thought I would occasionally post some cool animations that I might do. I'm not a great drawer, but i have a lot of ideas in my head so if i tinker with the tool enough I can get it to do what I want. Anyways, here's something I made today, just for you dtoid!

IT COMES WITH SOUND TOO!

This space will usually be reserved for an explanation on what I was thinking when I drew this, and how I did it. But with this, It's pretty simple i just wanted to draw Mr. Destructoid blowing something up with EYE LASERS. Yes, that is my voice in the clip too. Next time I do sound I will try to speak more lively. Anyways, hope you enjoy this, and maybe you will see more in the future.   read


12:01 PM on 08.07.2009

Super Smash FNF: Insert Sexist Joke Towards PsychoSoldier Here



Fitting image for the title I went with this week I think. Yup. Nothing wrong here.

So brawl again this week because, why not it's actually been attended the last few weeks to my amazement. So yeah, follow the guide below to join, don't be late, blah blah GET ON WITH IT!

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read


12:17 PM on 07.31.2009

Super Smash FNF: Skype Hates Us



Another Awkward Zombie Comic. I usually try to pick other stuff, but SHE MAKES DAMN GOOD COMICS. WHAT CAN I SAY.

So there is this OTHER fighting game out this week which shall not be named. I've been playing it since wednesday, so why not TAKE A BREAK and play some awesome smash bros with us? It's easy, just follow the steps below if you are a noob to the fight, and you will be set.

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read


2:07 PM on 07.24.2009

Super Smash FNF: PEE KAY STAR STORM



In regards to the title, Kirby's final smash is cheaper, so fuck anyone who says otherwise.

It's been a few weeks, and I'm not guaranteeing any turnout (I stopped for a reason) but I felt like jumping back in this week, so maybe you'll want to join me. Follow the instructions below if you do.

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read


8:29 AM on 07.22.2009

Ryu divulges: A humble room for sleeping and gaming.

I've seen alot of gaming rooms on this site, and alot of them are really packed with nothing but gaming stuff. From the walls to the shelves, it's pretty immediately clear that a lot of the owners of those rooms enjoy surrounding themselves with gaming images and stuff. And while I consider myself absolutely obsessed with everything and everything gaming, I tend to find myself not indulging in the large collector's editions and posters on my wall. Instead, I like to keep my room as a simple, yet effective way for me to game. So why don't I show you through my humble abode.



Here is my shelf. I've only reorganized it recently, it used to be a cluster fuck of PC boxes, books, papers, and stuff. Now though, I've gotten it to where its a nice shelf to stack my games for easy access. I don't have a digital camera, i had to use my cellphone for all these pictures, so the game boxes are probably too blurry for you to read, so I have a list of the games and stuff on my shelf here, and it goes left to right from top to bottom. Don't feel the need to reed every game here, this is a long list so please skip it if you want to see the rest of it now.

Gamecube:
Animal Crossing
Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Luigi's Mansion
Madden 2002 (HAHA SPORTS MIRITE)
Mario Superstar Baseball
NCAA 2004 (SAMIT WOULD BE PROUD I BET)
Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 + 2
Phantasy Star Online Episode 3 C.A.R.D Revolution
Pikmin
Super Smash Brothers Melee
Tales of Symphonia

Wii:
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
No More Heroes
Red Steel
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Wario Ware Smooth Moves

DS:
Animal Crossing Wild World
Advance Wars Dual Strike
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
Final Fantasy III
Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars
Mario Kart DS
Mega Man Starforce DRAGON (I... I know I shouldn't like these games, but I really do!)
Mr. Driller Drill Spirits
New Super Mario Brothers
Pokemon Diamond
Puzzle Quest
Tetris DS
Wario Ware TOUCHED
The World Ends With You

PSX: (I don't own many of these anymore)
Croc (actually I'm missing the disc sadly, just an empty case right now)
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy Tactics

PS2:
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
Kingdom Hearts II
Makai Kingdom
Tales of Legendia
Final Fantasy XII

PSP:
Ape Escape: On The Loose
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Dark Tower
Daxter
Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories
Ratchet and Clank Size Matters
Animal House (MOVIE)
Office Space (MOVIE)

Xbox:
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Fable
Halo 2
Jade Empire
Jet Set Radio Future (OMG GREATEST GAME EVER MAKE A SEQUEL SEGA GOD DAMMIT)
NCAA 2005/TOP SPIN COMBO (MORE SPORTS... but I don't remember why this is comboed or why i bought it)
Some Official Xbox Magazine demo discs
Star Wars Episode III

Xbox 360:(this is the big list)
Amped 3
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Chromehounds
The Darkness
Dead or Alive 4
Dead Rising
Fable II
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
Grand Theft Auto IV
Guitar Hero II
Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock
Halo 3
Infinite Undiscovery
Left 4 Dead
Mass Effect
Ninja Gaiden II
Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion
Orange Box
Overlord
Phantasy Star Universe
Project Gotham Racing 3
Prey
Quake 4
Rainbow Six Vegas
Rock Band
Shadow Run
Skate.
Soul Calibur IV
Star Wars The Force Unleashed (Actually my brother borrowed this from a friend and never gave it back)
Street Fighter IV
Tony Hawks Project 8

PC Boxes:(These arn't all the PC Games I Own, just the ones in boxes)
Age of Empires III GOLD EDITION
Company of Heroes
Fallout 3
Guild Wars
Guild Wars FACTIONS
The Movies
RF Online (AWFUL game)

PC CD Cases:
Dark Age of Camelot
Dark Age of Camelot Shrouded Isles
Dark Age of Camelot Trials of Atlantis
Star Wars Galaxies
World of Warcraft

Books of Note:
Mass Effect Revelation

Whew. That took a while to type out. But I'm damn proud of my collection. Oh I almost forgot.



Soul Calibur 2, Rogue Squadron, And Jedi Outcast. I'm missing the cases for these. Oh well.



Here's my small collection of plastic guitars. I have plastic drums too, but they are in the closet next to them.



Here's my DSi. I really like this over my old DS PHAT, and if you too have one i recommend buying it. If you have a lite though, you have to ask yourself if you REALLY want DSiware. Chances are you might not.



Here's my PSP. It's pretty dusty cause I almost never use it.



And this here is the main event. This is what I use to indulge in my hobby. Along with the TV I have my



Xbox 360...



Wii...



And my PS2 and Original XBOX



This is my computer it's a Dell XPS with a Core 2 Duo Processor. It runs Team Fortress 2, so it's all I really need in a computer, although I know its not a slouch in graphics.



And this ends my tour. Honestly, I wish I could show more cool things, but thats the point of the humble room. I have my stuff to play games with, and not much else. However, I hope you enjoy this look into my room, and sorry for the long post because I felt compelled to give you the list of games. I'm just so damn proud of 'em!   read


2:22 PM on 06.26.2009

Super Smash FNF: Timezones are important



I don't care how many different places i see this joke, it never gets old to me.

Took a break last week because I wasn't in the mood for stuff, but we are back this week and got some more brawl to play. Want to join in on captain falcon, FALCON PAWNCH only matches? Like laughing like wario? Wanna just beat stuff up? Then follow the instructions below and join in on the mayhem!

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read


4:26 PM on 06.12.2009

Super Smash FNF: RYU POSTS LATE EDITION



No words. None.

Same deal this week. If you want join in on some smashing, follow the instructions below. Apologies to Grim for having this up so late.

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read


1:24 PM on 06.05.2009

Super Smash FNF: Witty Title Goes Here



I know, the title is lazy.

So i skipped last week because I was too tired to bother with it, but we are totally coming back this week high off E3 excitement and ready to kick some ass. Do you want to get in on the action? Then follow the steps below. They are ALL important, because if you miss one then i might not realize you want to play or whatever and will ignore you, and WE DONT WANT THAT. So here it goes:

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read


12:28 PM on 05.22.2009

Super Smash FNF: Euros got nothing on us!



So these Euros think they can butt in on us americans territory by running another brawl. So if you support America (and are also Wilbo who is a turncoat for both sides) then come by tonight and play some damned brawl. Also follow the instructions below.

ONE: GET SKYPE.
TWO: Copy down my brawl code and add it inside of smash brothers before the designated time of play.
THREE: Make a comment in this blog INCLUDING YOUR BRAWL CODE AND SKYPE NAME.
FOUR: Be online when it comes to the fight, and I will message you in skype when it's time.

We meet at 11:00 EST. My information is as follows:

Brawl Code: 0817-3428-3165
Skype: Ryuh89

IF YOU DONT HAVE A HEADSET: Get skype anyways. There's text chat and we can get you in the game without having to talk to us. But It would be nice if you had a headset anyways, cheap ass.

Hope to see you all tonight!   read





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