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11:27 PM on 09.13.2008

I just received my invite to the Socom Beta, but I have no time to try it out. Any fellow Dtoider that wants it PM me and it's yours.

With E3 happening right now the fanboys have been let out of their cage and let loose around the internet forums. Usually Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo fanboys never really bothered me, but this year it seems they’ve gotten to me. I’ve been trolling a lot of websites these past 24 hours and after all of Press Conferences to view a lot of people’s reactions. What set me off to write about fanboys and hardcore gamers was what I would read: “Microsoft sucks, SONY IS DEH BOMBAH” “Nintendo’s gay, HALO RULEZ!!@!” Not giving any incites to what they thought of the companies E3 line up, just utter nonsense. Sadly, this is what most of the gaming market is composed of.

I will openly admit I’m not even close to being a mediocre Halo player but I love to play online. Yet, I hardly seem to play online because of the “Hardcore” players. Yes, nowadays it seems that being a hardcore gamer is being able to play Halo, Gears of War, and Madden online, talk smack about your opponent, and whooping their ass. I always felt being a hardcore gamer was not necessarily being an Elite at a game, but being able to enjoy the game, graphics, gameplay and storyline. A hardcore game in my eyes is someone who doesn’t hate all systems out there but has respect for the industry and the work these programmers and artist put into a game. Sure everyone has their favorite console and game but to go online and flame another person about what they like is ridiculous. Yes when we kids back in 90’s, eating at lunch to rip on our friends about how old Mario is or to listen about how gay Sonic is was considered our flame wars of the time. Now it just seems ridiculous how out of hand these wars have gotten. I was watching G4’s coverage of E3 last night and they had just had a hands of Heavenly Sword (Which looks amazing) and they had a Stickam called who of course was just complaining out how the PS3 lacks this and that. Not giving any respect to the developer that had made such an amazing demo. Joel Gourdine had to keep getting the kid on track about how great the game looked and played but the kid kept going back to how bad the PS3’s line up is.

Now of course these comments are not aimed at anyone at Destructoid. I’ve been a reader of the site for a long time and always enjoyed and respected a lot of the reader comments. I think Destructoid is composed of what a lot of gaming sites lack and that is their community. The community here has a great voice and is given respect for it especially with these community blogs.