Fanboys: 8 reasons why they deserve some respect

To be called a 'fanboy' is one of the worst insults in gaming. It suggests a misguided person characterised by an irrational devotion to a piece of software or soulless mega-corporation. A person incapable of intelligent thought. A person that is a despised twat.

But wait. Let's cut them some slack for a moment and think what purpose fanboys actually serve (beyond being a dumping ground for derision). We fancied a bit of a challenge, so we decided to come up with 10 reasons why fanboys deserve a little respect. As it turns out, we could only manage eight reasons, but still...

They're passionate about something they love and since when was that a bad thing?

You may think raging fanboys exhibit behaviour associated more with borderline mental cases, but when we're living in a couldn't-care-less climate of whatever, some genuine from-the-soul fire and fight is something to be respected and admired. Fanboys are true patriots - irrationally prejudiced warriors challenging the creeping culture of apathy by fighting without falter for something that they truly believe in.

Fanboys and passion are inextricable entities. Use excessive physical force to cleanse gaming of fanboys and, by consequence, the passion is removed also, effectively castrating gaming's dangling virility. Without fanboys, gamers would all be 'getting along' and 'agreeing to disagree'. And that kind of liberal-minded pleasantness should be strictly reserved for yoghurt-weaving hippies.

The internet would be 62% less entertaining without them

We've all enjoyed taking up the position of amused spectator as a once peaceful, polite and courteous comment thread is infiltrated by myopic fanboy hatred and rapidly backs up with more unsavoury shit than a blocked sewage pipe. Characterised by an economical use of literacy and common sense, watching a violated comment thread devolve in real time is a worthy diversion from any mundane task. To paraphrase Maximus: "Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are looking at the flamewar in the comments thread?"

The chart above illustrates without any doubt that the number of fanboys is directly proportional to how entertaining the internet is.

They persistently make noise about actual, real issues that are important

It's the duty of fanboys to highlight the flaws and weaknesses of their sworn enemies. It may seem like nothing more than petty-minded bickering, but it keeps real issues in the spotlight and at the forefront of discussion. For example, when you're browsing the internet on a regular basis it's impossible - thanks to fanboy flaming - to forget that Xbox 360 has a piss poor failure rate. Or that the PSN interface could do with being a helluva lot more user-friendly. Or that Nintendo seems to have abandoned gamers in favour of the geriatric party crowd.

Fanboys are all over this shit on a daily basis. And rightly so. These are all important topics that need addressing and it's fanboys that won't let them die. If it was left to the rest of us, we'd make a fuss about it for a couple of days before losing interest and moving on to the next talking point of the day.

Without them, there would be no one else to keep the spirit of old, long dead consoles burning so brightly

Like the brotherly bond between drug-smoking gangster thugs, fanboy loyalty is 4 life. Believe that shit. And just because a console has gone extinct doesn't mean a fanboy is going to suddenly shift their affections to some new, superior machine that is relevant and up-to-date and actually available in shops. No. They're like dogs that refuse to leave the corpse of a dead master. They continue to evangelise their chosen machine, tirelessly spreading the good word, fighting its corner and making sure gamers never, ever forget.

Without the staunch efforts of never-say-die fanboys, the memory of yesteryear's deceased devices - such as Virtual Boy, Neo Geo, Commodore 64, Dreamcast etc - would have vanished along with the machines themselves. As it is, the legacy of fallen consoles are kept alive in the gamer consciousness thanks to their devoted, donkey-stubborn resolve.


  • Stalpph - December 2, 2009 8:31 a.m.

    I'm a Sony fanboy and I'm proud of it! Fuck Nintendo!
  • silvereye - November 24, 2009 12:37 a.m.

    Good article, although the I dont mind 360 vs PS3 fights, I do hate the console vs PC ones. Its just like console fights, its just often a lot of console gamers seem to know so little about PCs, like the dedicated servers. It was funny when it was announced MW2 wouldnt have any, when we started to complain about it all the console gamers went against us, and seem to think it was more like a special feature rather than something online which is game changing. I dont mind fan boy fights, I just dont like it when they dont even though what they are arguing against.
  • AuthorityFigure - November 23, 2009 10:19 a.m.

    Passionate about things you love is fine, butloving what your passionate about is deranged.
  • crazyqazqaz - November 22, 2009 1:39 p.m.

    im evil and i deserted sony after the ps2.... hey never mind. Xbox is the bomb!!! Please dont kill me, please dont kill me....
  • noobeater - November 20, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    Randy chimp can suck my ball sack, i was saying that in my opinion, which is not the be it and end all opinion that the 360 is a better console then the ps3 despite myself liking some aspects of the ps3, however in my experience in the last watever many years of gaming that the n64 was the greatest console with the best games.
  • metalgatesolid - November 19, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    Im a huge fanboy and proud of it. The last 10 plus years i have brought Playstation as Sony had games that interested me. It started after playingFighting Force on the Playstation. Then Metal Gear made me become obsessed with Playstation as they had the series. FANBOY and proud.
  • TheWebSwinger - November 19, 2009 7:58 a.m.

    Also, I'm a Playstation, Metal Gear Solid, Prince of Persia, Spider-Man (apropos), and GamesRadar fanboy.
  • TheWebSwinger - November 19, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    a strong showing for GDar UK...
  • superdude22 - November 19, 2009 12:07 a.m.

  • linkganon - November 18, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    there are only 3 categories actually, either you're a noob (most people don't like noobs, i absolutely hate them), a fanboy, or a girl. who wants to be a noob, seriously? noobs suck. i have to ask who doesn't like hardcore games other than girls and noobs? approx. 90 percent of guys are hardcore (like me) so there might be a problem with #7. obiously this gaming community is the way it is thanks to fanboys so you wouldn't have your consoles if it weren't for them and their devotion. plus they at least make suggestions to make their consoles better instead of sit there like a bunch of idiots. if it weren't for them, nintendo would use those 64 bit carts instead of disks for example.
  • griffed88 - November 18, 2009 10:34 p.m.

    wooooo! Screw IF and MW2 and any PC gamer who paid $60 for a console port and opened the door for more developers to take away features and charge more for it! Also, I like the PSPgo more than the PSP 3000. So there!
  • Montag - November 18, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    You are all talking shite The last great console was the Vectrex PS3, ok I suppose for simple point and click adventures, not really a true gamers machine 360, Excellent for keeping coffee warm and having a nice red glow in your living room Wii...Huh what is it good for? Absolutely nothing... Say it again PC, I'll just say Myst shall I? Vectrex, proper analogue control, dedicated screen, pin sharp graphics, no jaggies, real 3D goggles and even has a small footprint on your desk. So good I've got 2
  • vitoruss - November 18, 2009 8:11 p.m.

    I'm an Xbox 360 fanboy, former PS2 fanboy. I hate the PS3 and I hate the Wii. I also hate Final Fantasy, Halo and Solid Snake. I love Devil May Cry, Splinter Cell, and Grand Theft Auto. I feel like I'm the only person who still talks about how Rainbow Six Vegas: 2 might have been the best game ever.
  • PaulieWaulie - November 18, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    I'm obviously not a fan boy as I'm posative that I have absolutely no "spunk" in my veins.
  • rxb - November 18, 2009 2:24 p.m.

    The picture with the dreamcast with forever be in my heart. Great article.
  • w40kfanatic - November 18, 2009 1:05 p.m.

    I was about to claim that i wasnt a fanboy when i read that you were looking for the 'I own all the consoles so i cant be a fanboy, but...'. Ha, well played GR, but i shall not be manipulated!
  • DavidMacphail - November 18, 2009 11:23 a.m.

    Brilliant article. I particularly love the type of fanboys who either type in all caps lock or the kind that are in such a rush to say how great their console is that they end up leaving a barely understandable message full of spelling mistakes.
  • HeavyTank - November 18, 2009 9:21 a.m.

    Also, about the "suck it, PC gamers of MW2" comment... It's called private servers...if the comapny doesn't do it, then the users will, and that's why I love PC gaming.
  • HeavyTank - November 18, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    Well, yes, but some fanboy are just plain WoW (or Blizzard) fanboys, for example...they think that WoW is the best game ever, and if you try to prove them wrong they will just go WHAT THE FU-BOOOM! That's my main compalint about can't have a normal conversation with them...anyway, nice article.
  • MoChilla - November 18, 2009 5:18 a.m.

    I would buy virtual pants for my Home avatar! If I had money!

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