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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.

Tags: next generation, next gen consoles, video games, gaming industry

9/11/2013 9:33:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 10:16:16 PM

Things could get really ugly now that Sony has the momentum behind it, MS is panicking by flooding the media with Fox News style backhanded attacks at gamers, Sony, and the developers who showered love on PS4 or said it had more power. I figure the Xbox followers will take that cue and run with it.

Also the purchasing of timed exclusives always causes a certain amount of angst in the community and people want to let off that steam on the interwebz somehow.

On the other hand with the systems being so similar this time there should be less reason for tech battles, Xbox One will probably only drag game potential down a little bit instead of a lot.

All in all things are more peaceful when Sony reigns though so there's reason for hope.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 10:29:01 PM

Ben feeling the same. I'm still a fanboy, but yeah, I don't really have the desire to attack MS or it's fanboys anymore. Just enjoy gaming and what you do, and leave the hate.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 10:40:05 PM

I never saw the point of attacking one system over another, as I've always played every system that was available. Sure I have my favorites, but that doesn't stop me from playing the others. If only other people saw it that way. Seems like the gaming community is just more hostile now then it ever was growing up.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 11:32:18 PM

I hate Apple.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 12:36:05 AM

When we were younger, and engaging in our epic SNES vs Genesis debates, there was no anonymity. You couldn't say hideously offensive things to your peers about their choices without having to suffer the consequences. In fact, you probably never even considered it, because it's just wrong.

We all have our preferences, and we can even have strong opinions to qualify them, but there's no reason to get nasty.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 1:04:50 AM

I think the word you have used is correct.. futile. It has nothing to do with Sony or MS or who has the upper hand, neither really overall. Not much anyway. IT comes down to people male or female (probably mostly male) like annoying and chastising one another. They love to hate and the love to hurt... and when anonymity is involved... they think themselves brave as there are no repercussions other than being banned from a forum or whatever their oral platform.

I have had hopes that it would lighten up, but it just takes one and there is always one to start the bashing and others get on board. And it also takes someone to respond equally back to perpetuate the whole juvenile event.

Some sites promote it in subtle and/or unintentional ways. Like the times over the last 6 or 7 years of comparing mulitplat games to one another.... the old PS3 vs Xbox. Ah I remember those days, you remember Gametrailers, comparing Assassins Creed on both, and all the other games that followed (not necessarily Ubisoft).

I guess people, not all, finding entertaining to bash others anonymously. Makes them feel good about themselves possibly.

Maybe it just comes down to human nature.

Keep playing!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 1:24:08 AM

Am I a fanboy? Yes. I am a fanboy of gaming. I will be getting both consoles because they both have games that I love to play. Why I own almost every system that came out is because I love gaming. Am I a fool for it? Probably. But as long as there are good, fun games to play, I will be there to play them no matter the system they are on.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 5:55:30 AM

yeah i think it was all gud during ps2 era but with the 360 and XBL and the xbots always going on about the psn getting hacked it doesn't seem likely but we can hope i mean i'm all for me and my friends to just be able to enjoy the excitement of the nxt gen.

it's just for me when the hard out xbox fans come out and say that ur fav games and game system are piles of **** well it's like someone's not respecting ur choice of game or watever it's not cool and not even saying like will all due respect man it's just not my cup of tea or watever they just have to be a big ass but wipe about it.

i mean i try to be nice to people that like games i have no time for but they can't seem to do the same for me we just can't seem to have a civilised discussion aye it blows my mind.

i am a bit of a fanyboy just because i adore rachet and clank since i was a lil fellow. that and sony's games just push my buttons and i'll be the first to admit i like xbox games but there was never enough to go out and spend 400nzd on a console i have all i needed on the ps2 ps3 and psp.

that and i hate it when people have a product like an xbox or iphone(not everyone) and think they're better than anyone else it just gets ryte up my nose with all the XBL is makes the xbox 360 so much better and i not poor cos i got an iphone all the get a job so you can afford and XB1 like they are better than us.

yeah they were making a fuss about $499/$599 consoles but as soon as MS says here's our concole and it's 499 they all embrace it like brainless morons and when money's tight like oh my gosh it drives me mad idk know about you.

but know i don't think there's gunna be civilized discussion or conversation any time soon with all the aragant xbox fans.

urg bit of a rant but hey it's true

anyways as always

happy gaming =)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:58:17 AM

I for one couldn't care less about the fanboy bashing. There are plenty of people that do it on both sides. Not all are children either. Even playing certain games online you can hear people being overly abusive unnecessarily.

I owned both consoles this generation for the first time. I don't believe in knocking systems. There is a great deal of thought and effort put into both. However, I must say from a personal choice from controller design and games available I do prefer the PS3.

Next gen I will be only getting a PS4 as I have little to no interest in the XBone. I'm sure that there are many people that will buy and enjoy time with their xboxes and I wish them the best with it. But for me, PS4 will have the better games, better controller and better community so that's where I'll be gaming.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 4:11:31 PM

I have always been a fan of multiple console ownership. I owned both the SNES and Genesis, but could say the SNES was better. Only owned a PS1 as my mother could not afford to buy me the Saturn and N64.I owned the PS2, GC and Dreamcast and know that the PS2 was clearly the better console. I only own a PS3 and will only be getting a PS4, because the other two consoles just are not worth my money. Look I would love to own the WiiU and X1 too, but neither offer anything compared to the PlayStation. I am a Nintendo original but Sony has easily been the best since the PS1. Never owned an Xbox because there are not enough interesting exclusives and the experience is generic as I can get the same experience on the PS. I don't care who like the Wii or Xbox. That's fine, but please never compare them to the PlayStation as they are NOT better.

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Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 5:21:00 AM

Oh well, seeing how gamers of other platforms are described also on this site - in particular PC gamers/gaming - I do share the hope but I don't see why that attitude all of a sudden should change just because the name of their favourite console has an increment in the number on the casing.

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