No one wants to be called a fanboy of any system, even that person actually is a fanboy (and note, the terminology used is fanboy but girl gamers are not immune). However, the opposite seems to be true as well since everyone loves labeling others to be fanoybs and figuring out who’s one and who’s not. Psycho Mantis once said that human beings only have this twisted avatistic desire to pass on one’s seed. Well, I think I’ll have to add onto that statemt: they also have the tendency to judge others without judging themselves first.
So today, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to judge myself. I’ve been labeled as a pc elitist, psslave, xbot, you name it. I want to know how true those labels are for me, where my bias lies, and how it affects me and how I can in the future affect it.
I guess the most common label I’ve been given is ps3 fanboy. Well, this makes sense. The only consoles I own currently are Sega Saturn, PSP 1000, and a 60gb ps3. I did own a DS LIte but it fell out my backpack or something and I lost it. I’m planning to buy another one ASAP. But anywho, yea, the game systems that I play with the most are my PSP and my PS3. I’ve hardly touched the Wii and the 360 and it’s been a long five years since I last played on a gaming pc. And ever since the PS2 era, I preferred Sony games cause they provided great singleplayer-only experiences and truly story-driven, bizarre, and/or 4th wall-breaking games. Those are the kind of games I like and those are the game I found to be most common on Sony consoles. Thus, it is true that I personally tend to prefer sony software. So yep, bias does exist there.
But any long time reader of my blogs will remember quite a several blogs of mine that ranted against Sony. When I did this in the forums, i was immediately labeled as an xbot. It’s rather amusing actually. I don’t get labeled as an xbot very much however. When I make my arguments in defense of the 360, I actually seem to get a lot of people who agree with me. It’s really weird. I talk positive about the 360 and I immediately get people qft-ing me and whatnot. Of course, it’s not that I’m intending to talk positively about the 360 but i just want to state what i think are objective facts, facts that no one, not even ps3 fans should deny. But of course, when I talk positively about the Ps3, I do the exame same thing. It’s kind of weird how I do the exact same thing and the end results are remarkedly different. I find it superly easy to defend the 360, but defending the ps3, and recently, defending the wii, are much, much harder tasks.
I like to take in all kinds of opinions from all sides. That’s why I love doing things like my devil’s advocate blogs and whatnot. I don’t like to think of things as right or wrong. That leads to judging and labeling. I think everyone has unique and different perspectives in different matters, although all of us, yes, all of us have certain biases.
My biases are actually pretty significant I recently realized. I think the label sony fanboy has some validity on me because my biggest bias is the fact that I actually hate Microsoft as a corporation. I still hold the same opinion about them as I did before. I respect them a lot more now in regards to how much they improved with the 360 but even so, when I talk about MS as a company, I end up ranting, not praising. This is a bias that I find hard to remove from myself, especially since I try to live my life free from as much MS products as I can. Before my macbook got stolen, I actually lived a life totally free of MS products. I didn’t even use MS word because I was using Pages and Textedit on my macbook. So any of you reading my blogs probably should take note of this bias and call me on it whenever I inappropriately display it.
I’ve never really been called a wii fanboy all that much though. This is probably because I think I am the most objective when it comes to the Wii. I have a very love-hate relationship with the Wii and this kind of relationship ensures that I’m never too in favor nor never too spiteful of Nintendo products. At one time in my life I was a SEga fanboy and thus hated all things Nintendo but that was over ten years ago and things have drastically changed. Whenever someone mentioned the name Nintendo, I feel respect and yet frustration. Nintendo after all, is the only game company that really doesn’t listen to anyone else and does things its own way. It always has been this way and while that had made them really innovative and different from everyone else, it also often made them make really foolish decisions. And I’m never hesistant to either praise them for their brave decisions and of course to bash their dumb moves.
One thing I don’t do when it comes to Nintendo is argue about its sales count. There are two sides to this, (1) that its insane sales are proof of how fun and awesomely well-received its products are, and (2) its incredible sales are a threat to the game market. I take neither side on the matter. I just see it as the results of smart/sly business tactics and mostly leave it at that. I’m not good at economics so I never really thought to talk much about sales. Good arguments I think can be made with sales but I don’t think I’ll personally be able to make any good arguments about them. So I mostly just talk about my personal feelings about their titles.
This is I think where another one of my biases come in. I prefer Japanese titles to western ones. I love the quirkiness, the craziness, the insane amount of cut scenes and expositions and story elements, the bizarre gameplay elements, and the kiddish casual play mechanics. I’m not an anime freak or anything but let me tell you, I’m not the type of person to bash games like Endless Ocean or Wii Music without actually trying it. I however don’t like excessive gore and thus some Japanese games that feature those (No More Heroes, Mad World) aren’t really my thing. This preference I found gets me in a lot of disagreements with other people, especially those people who keep wanting to argue that there are no good games on the wii except for mario and zelda and metroid titles. Like I said, defending the wii is the hardest task out of them all, but I do it fairly often because I honestly don’t believe it deserves all the bashing it gets on these sites.
But this is all console talk. After all, I was a pc gamer before the PS2 converted me and so on console matters, I think differently than most people. I look closely at the history of all the consoles and I’m not so quick to compare graphics between consoles because I know in most cases, it’s a pointless discussion, especially since if there’s a pc version (there usually is), the pc graphics are the best anyway. So what’s there to argue? Thus, I also think very different from those people who’s grown up with the Playstation brand or the Nintendo brand. I can see similarities in histories. People liken Ps3 to the Dreamcast but they’re wrong. The 360’s history has more in common with Dreamcast history than the Ps3 actually. I see things historically and from an all-inclusive point of view, meaning that I’m not quick to generalize about the consoles and this is particularly true when it comes to the pc market.
I get quite pissed whenever I read stuff about how it costs $3000 to upgrade your pcs, the rampant piracy, the lack of good pc exclusives except for mmos and rts and fps, and all the bullcrap like that. When it comes to the pc, i actually do feel like i talk like a fanboy. i’m able to keep my cool when talking about the ps3 but i think console fanboys can actually drive me nuts, more than 360 fanboys and the recent ps3 fanboys, which is saying something. This is definitely something i need to work on more.
Anywho, that’s my rambling for today. I find this whole talk of fanboyism very intersting. I’ll end with one ironic thing.
You know, back when PS2 was really popular and I played games on it, I was always picked on by my high school friends cause they all owned an Xbox and Xbox only. They hald Halo lan parties, which I often went to and really enjoyed, and they always talked about Splinter Cell and then ignored me when I talked about Metal Gear Solid 2. I feel like I’m always part of the underdog because all the time, my preferences are usually the minority. This generation, I chose the PSP and the PS3 as my mainstays. Oh man, what a decision that has been for the past two years lol.