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Bobservations: Why So Serious?


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Good Morning, kids.  Today I'm talking about fans vs "fanboys."  When does taking something too seriously make us morons?

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It's great to be a fan of something.  Your favorite team, actor or even game/game company.  We buy whatever they're selling and are quick to promote our favorites.  If we encounter fans of an opposing view, we may deride them jovially and everyone has a good laugh.  We keep things cool and don't take it too seriously (there's that word again).

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Sometimes there are individuals who take things to the extreme, such an undying love for an interest to the point of zealousness.  This is usually involving a subject that can be compared to a similar subject (Superman vs Batman, Sony vs Microsoft etc).  Like any zealot, their champion is the one true champion an damn anyone else who says otherwise.  These people are commonly referred to as "fanboys" or "fangirls".
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It's great to have passion for something, but is it necessary to belittle other people for not having the same beliefs?  Things escalate quickly when people with apposing beliefs fight back with the same fervor.
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To the individuals involved these exchanges feel a little something like this.
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In actuality they come off looking a little more like this.
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I think anonymity is the catalyst that drives the hate.  The internet offers an easy way to communicate anonymously, so people have a tendency to throw civility to the wind because they can get away with it.  You don't typically have such crass idiocy in face to face encounters, unless we're talking about a sports team.
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Is this what's going to happen when XB1 and PS4 launch later this year?
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Particularly in the case of gaming, I think another driving factor is money.  A lot of folks can only afford one console or another, so they make their choice and they want to feel good about it.  When they see someone slamming their console, they take that as a personal offense and defend their perceived honor with much vigor.
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As I write this a realize I could go on much longer, but we have to stop somewhere.  The heart of my message here is stop taking this stuff so seriously (there it is again).  Have we forgotten that we all enjoy playing games?  The main purpose of a game is to have fun. Stop sitting on the internet all day having a pissing contest and go have some fun!
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Now, I'm going to go find something to play.
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Seriously yours,
Bob Ellis
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About S0LID B0SSone of us since 11:43 AM on 09.05.2009

I can't say I was there for the dawn of gaming but it was at least the early morning. I've played 'em all from Atari 2600 to Xbox 360.

If I'm not playing games I'm listening to music (game and movie soundtracks mostly), watching movies/TV, surfing the web or "sigh"...working.

Favorite games include:

Atari 2600 - Space Invaders, Pole Position, Frankenstein's Monster, Kangaroo and Jungle Hunt
NES - Super Mario (all), Legend of Zelda, Mega Man 2, Final Fantasy and Castlevania
SMS - Shinobi, Phantasy Star, Fantasy Zone and After Burner
SNES - Super Mario World, Zelda: LTTP, Castlevania IV and Final Fantasy VI (III to the uneducated)
Genesis - Sonic (all), Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star IV, Castlevania Bloodlines and Earthworm Jim
Sega CD - Sonic CD, Night Trap, Sol Feace, Final Fight CD and D
TG16 - Bonk (all), Splatterhouse and New Adventure Island
Turbo CD - Dracula X: Rondo of Blood (not released in the US)XX
Playstation - Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Castlevania SOTN, Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil (all)
Saturn - Panzer Dragoon.....that's all I got there
Jaguar - Alien vs Predator and Doom
N64 - Zelda OOT, Super Mario 64, Doom 64, Star Fox 64, Castlevania 64 and Superman 64....j/k
PS2 - God of War 1 and 2, MGS 2 and 3, Final Fantasy XII, Dragon Quest VIII and Ratchet and Clank (all)
Xbox - Halo, Burnout 3, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Doom 3
Xbox 360 - Halo 3, Burnout Revenge, Star Ocean 4, Left 4 Dead and Ghostbusters
PS3 - MGS4, Little Big Planet, Dead Space, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Uncharted

There are many more games to mention and these are not in any particular order
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