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Have you ever been a fanboy?

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How can everyone be so blind? Obviously [game console] is the best choice because of [overhyped launch title], right? Others may say that [competing hardware company] is better, but… come on. That's crazy! You know which is the best, and there are plenty of reasons why… right? Oh wait. Oh no. I'm a fanboy, aren't I?! Well, admitting it is the first step to confronting it. On that note...

Have you ever been a fanboy?

There was a time when I considered myself a high ranking member of the PC Elitist community. Why would anyone want to play on a system that is FAR less powerful and has games for babies? I have since pulled my head from my arse long enough to look around and fully appreciate the awesome experiences consoles can offer. Split screen co-op games alone are worth it. Plus it's more fun to be a well-rounded gamer, you get to experience the best of what our industry has to offer.

It's ok, this is a safe place. Let us know in the comments if you have ever been a fanboy and what for...

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  • Baz - November 9, 2013 3:18 a.m.

    I've always had Nintendo hand held systems, i never saw the point in the PSP or the vita because they didn't have Pokemon. for consoles I had a PS1 and a PS2. but I bought a second hand original Xbox when the 360's first rolled out and discovered halo. although now I'm thinking about it, it'd be worth splashing out on an old ps3 now the 4's are coming out so i can get the naughty dog exclusive games if nothing else. Also i enjoy strategy games which means i have to have a fairly high powered PC so i can play them because console are utterly crap at real time strategies. So really if I'm a fan boy of anything it's naughty dog, pokemon, halo, and strategy games. and I'll play on whichever system works best for those games
  • mothbanquet - November 9, 2013 2:12 a.m.

    I've spent countless pounds of hard-earned money ensuring I always have the best of everything in gaming. My family were always working class and somewhat poor, and times were tough. We had a family NES when I was a kid but it wasn't till my early teens when I got my first Mega Drive - and it was a Mega Drive II, so that's how long I had to wait. But it quickly changed my life. I wanted nothing but games for Christmas and that very year I got (used) copies of Desert, Jungle and Urban Strike and I was very happy. My dad got a SNES the following year and I got my own games for that. I worked my ass off doing cash-in-hand jobs at my local newsagents to buy a Saturn (luckily it wasn't hard to find a used one of those, with the Playstation coming soon after). My brother and I got a brand new PSX for Christmas as a joint present - we both wanted one badly enough to share. It's been pretty much that way my whole life. I wanted a console or a game and I did anything I could to get it. I see many people who are too lazy or undisciplined with their money to enjoy the best of both console worlds so they feverishly defend their chosen platform with a zeal that would put the Taliban to shame. It's a pity, because Mario and Sonic, Gears and God, Halo and Killzone - they're all just so wonderful. I've drifted back to PC lately, pretty much hanging up my console coat. The Steam sales are simply amazing and the Humble Bundles are the best thing ever. I paid £3.21 for six games yesterday, including both Arkhams (GOTY versions, at that) and FEAR 2 and 3. The savings I've made on games in the past six months alone more than offsets the higher set-up costs of buying a decent rig. But my decision to go PC wasn't because I believe any one platform to 'suck'. That sort of attitude is pointless, juvenile and self-defeating. Though there's nothing the XBone has right now that interests me, I won't know how the next Gears will sway me. I'm already tempted into the PS4, though by Killzone and the next Uncharted will undoubtedly make me consider taking the plunge with Drake a final time. Till then, though, I will happily avoid being a fanboy, just as I have all these years. It makes no sense to take sides when there's nothing stopping you from enjoying it all. Just like when masturbating, you might have a hand you prefer but you don't cut the other off, do you?
  • Clovin64 - November 9, 2013 2:06 a.m.

    I've always been a strong supporter of the Playstation brand (never bothered with the Vita though), but I'm not sure I would quite consider myself a fanboy. I had a 360 before a PS3 (360 was just a bit more affordable at the time), and the 3DS is my handheld of choice. I've probably sailed pretty close to the Fanboy wind at times, especially during the PS2 days. As for games, no doubt I was once I raving, rabid Final Fantasy VII fanboy. My username is actually the first 3 letters from "Cloud" and "Vincent" combined. Haven't played FF7 is years now, but it'll probably still be fantastic.
  • vermicelli - November 9, 2013 1:14 a.m.

    Never been a fanboy, but i see alot of fanboy groups. Some of the worst are: PS4/Sony Fanboys, Nintendo Fanboys, GTA fanboys, Microsoft Xbox Fanboys, Saints Row 2 Fanboys (the worst), Sonic fanboys, 3D Mario Fanboys, PC/Steam fanboys.
  • Sjoeki - November 8, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    It's articles like this that make me miss tehtimeisnow.
  • Redeater - November 8, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Give him time. The iPad Air was just released so he has a busy schedule. As long as we keep him in our hearts and minds, he will always be with us.
  • Bloodstorm - November 8, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    I was an Xbox fanboy for most of my teen years. I grew out of that once I became more of a PC gamer, which you can probably make a strong argument to my being a Steam fanboy now, but I get so many deals it is hard not to. I've played so many games I never would have because of steam sales, so they've furthered my horizon on video games. However, I'm not an exclusive PC gamer, and I own a 360 and PS3 as well. Guess you can call me a Nintendo anti-fanboy. Just nothing there that appeals to me. Well, that's not true. I want to get a 3DS for Pokemon X/Y, but besides that, nothing there appeals to me. I used to be a bit of a Halo fanboy, until Halo 4, and then I realized I was a Bungie fanboy. Super excited about Destiny, and Halo 5 could never happen and I wouldn't miss it.
  • BladedFalcon - November 8, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    Even as a kid I've never pledged inhibited loyalty to any brand or company, so i don't think I've ever fallen as a fanboy of any particular console or brand, that being said, I guess I COULD be considered a console fanboy in the sense that I've always stuck to consoles and refuse to play PC games wherever I can avoid it, even if it's unreasonable not to. Also, it's easy sometimes to brand me a fanboy of a brand when in actually I'm just criticizing other brands, because when you have a complain about something, you OBVIOUSLY are a fanboy and a lover of the other side, apparently *rolls eyes* I Will say though, I defend both the SNES and PS2 as easily the best consoles that have existed up to date. Don't know if you can call that fanboyism though, since there's plenty of legitimate reasons to hold those claims, and it's not even like I'm defending the brands, just very specific products.
  • BladedFalcon - November 8, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    Oh, if we're talking about particular games series, I will say that I've always been, and I still am, and probably always been a proud Castlevania fanboy. I love almost all the 2D games beyond anything else, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
  • Redeater - November 8, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    In the SNES/Genesis days you had to pick a side. It's completely true what Elston and the rest of the crew said about school yard fights being started about which console you preferred.
  • death4us - November 8, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    As I have always been a gamer and thus I play games I like. Meaning I don't care what system I get. Then again I have always preferred computers for rts(tbs) and sims, and consoles for rpgs and fps.
  • slimjim441 - November 8, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    No, unless you count 'anything but Microsoft' being a fanboy.
  • J-Fid - November 8, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    That would be called being a Microsoft Hater.
  • slimjim441 - November 8, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    My MS fanboy friends call me a MS hateboy.
  • liquidhouston - November 8, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    I was once a 360 fanboy for the simple fact I owned one and my friend was a ps3 fanboy so in his eyes I was the natural enemy, which meant many arguments and me finding myself in the "anything not on xbox sucks" camp. Eventually then my father got a ps3, for which I insulted him constantly until I picked up a little game called metal gear solid 4. Steam showed me the joys of pc gaming and it took the 3DS and Pokemon to stop me laughing at nintendo and finally appreciate what they do...
  • RebornKusabi - November 8, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    I am a defrosting Xbox fan and a growing Sony fan in my age. I could go into my reasons, but... meh. I have my reasons and if you don't agree with them, you don't really give a shit about the reasoning behind them. I will just say- Microsoft could not have alienated me harder and faster than what they have done with the Xbox One. I have constant internet connection, I rarely buy used and I don't trade games often. I also hate being treated like a fucking criminal regardless of if I am and having my options limited bothers me on a personal level. So yeah, I used to be a fanboy.
  • KishouTenpi - November 8, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    I was a nintendo fanboy as a kid, fighting their corner in any argument. That was until I tried a 360, then I just turned into a Sony-hater, now I'm a rounded and well balanced individual suprisingly :P I've owned consoles from all 3 at one point or another
  • udUbdaWgz - November 8, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    i became an xbox "fanboy" from the beginning specifically because of the haughty and foolish attitudes of sony and playstation lovers. more competition means better gaming. i bought myself a cube way back and because of a lack of good games and an unwillingness to do what i think they need to do to improve gaming, i no longer buy anything nintendo. the ps3 launch debacle further cemented my dislike for sony/playstation. now, with the laughably idiotic msoft policies i am merely an xbox 360 guy who won't buy either of the next consoles for at least a year. they will both prove themselves to me over time with a proper pro-gaming philosophy and worthy games.
  • CitizenWolfie - November 8, 2013 6:47 a.m.

    I've always been a bit of a fanboy since I first had a SNES, but thanks to my closest friends often owning the rival system to mine it's always been more friendly banter than anything else. I was a total Sony fanboy at school though - when the Xbox came out I used to scoff and sneer at it and its gall for thinking it could ever hope to challenge the PS2. It carried on into the current gen until one day I decided I was being silly and bought an Xbox 360 so I'd never miss out on an awesome exclusive again. And you know what? Having owned the "trio" I can safely say it's made me a fanboy again. Every 360 exclusive I've played hasn't been as good as any PS3 exclusive I've played and with the exception of a select few, most of the multiplatform games looked better on PS3. Had it not been for The Walking Dead and surplus MS points, I've hardly touched my Xbox 360 for months. Even my Wii has seen more game time. I'll stick to Sony next generation I think.
  • Pruman - November 8, 2013 5:52 a.m.

    I was a Super Nintendo partisan in my youth. Sonic may have been fast, but he didn't have jack on Mario. :) I've also loved Nintendo pretty much forever, but not so much as to play their platform exclusively. I go where the games are. Anything else is a bonus. Unless you're a PS3...then you're a Blu-ray player first, a hi-def PS/PS2 second, and PS3 game machine last.

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