Next-Gen Hope: Good Cheer And Positivity Outstrips Fanboyism
Call it an aging gamer's wistful hope, if you will.
Sure, we all argued about our favorite video games and consoles as young'uns. The SNES vs. Genesis debates were legendary in my school. But there was always something lighthearted about it, as if, even as children, we knew it was a hobby. It was about fun.
I don't believe this mentality has disappeared entirely; it's just that the Internet has introduced a new level of hostility and negativity fueled by exorbitant superiority (and inferiority) complexes. As such, being a fan of any one particular game company or title automatically means you're a "fanboy," which of course holds all sorts of negative connotations and implications. Now, with two competing companies launching two consoles within one week of each other in November, I'm afraid the aforementioned hostility will reach new - and wildly embarrassing - heights.
But I'm really hoping that maybe, just maybe, due to a generation that has dragged on too long, most gamers will simply respond to the arrival of the new generation with benign excitement. It's appropriate to be excited and cheerful, isn't it? Even if you're for one particular console, doesn't it make a lot more sense to be enthusiastic about its launch? Why attack those who like the other system? Besides giving you what could be a much-needed ego boost online, what does it really give you? Not much of anything, I say. This is a time for excitement, not more hostility. And by the way, if we don't want the mainstream press leaping down our throats at every turn, we should at least attempt to be civil and intelligent.
This may be a futile hope. But it bothers me when entertainment spawns borderline evil behavior, just because anonymity is the cloak modern gamers use to conceal their own shortcomings.
9/11/2013 9:33:11 PM Ben Dutka