A fanboy is a fanatic of a certain series, character or product. One that has an overwhelming appreciation and enthusiasm for said subject. They don’t listen to reasoning when someone tries to present them with contradictory facts and will do anything in their power to prove what they like is better than what you like. They will never admit fault and berate you until you admit defeat.
I feel that the gaming-world fanboys are the worst kind. It’s okay to prefer one system to the other, but there are people that really cross the line with their allegiance (I even wrote an article on how fanboys are the ugly side of gaming). The obvious problem with gaming fanboys is that they attack anyone when they detect the slightest smell of blood, a.k.a. someone trying to say anything negative about the product they so love (Doc’s article is a great example). Instead of a civil discussion, they resort to name calling and telling you your opinion is so wrong you might as well not have one at all. The luxury of the Internet gives these fanboys the opportunity to call your mother a dirty whore who should have never given birth to you without having to suffer the repercussions of saying that to your face.
However, fanboys are not the only annoying ones.
It’s you people, who constantly resort to calling someone else a fanboy when they are trying to make an educated point about something that may have been said on Twitter or in an article, podcast, etc. People who automatically dismiss a person’s statements because you automatically deemed them a fanboy, since they said something in contradiction to your opinion. It’s that line of thinking that gets the real fanboys riled up in the first place, and makes the other people, like myself who do not consider themselves a fangirl of anything, want to punch you in the face.
Given this recent PSN debacle, I’ve suffered quite a lot of this labeling. I’ve been called a Sony fangirl time and time again because I’m not overreacting like the rest of the gaming society. Just because I’m not smashing walls makes me a Sony fangirl? Thank you, I didn’t know that! You helped me learn something about myself!
Here’s the thing: When I initially heard of the hack on Sony, I was very mad because, like you, I was afraid my credit card information was stolen. I also couldn’t game online with my friends to get my ass whooped in Mortal Kombat. However, instead of overreacting, I sat down and read the news blogs coming out from Sony and other sites to find out that our personal information was stolen, but not our credit card information. I called my bank TWICE and spoke to two different representatives for over 30 minutes about the Sony issue and was reaffirmed VISA nor Mastercard were reissuing cards because no credit card information was stolen. My bank has no reason to lie for Sony, especially if they want to stay on my good graces, so I took them at their word.
Soon more Sony news was revealed and what my bank representatives told me was confirmed. As of now, no credit card information was taken. The same can’t be said for Sony Online Entertainment though, so that really sucks for those players of DC:Universe.
After doing more digging, I started to see that many complaints people had about the Sony fiasco were not exactly feasible. People were mad that they were not informed on April 17th of their personal information being taken, and there are now in fact lawsuits that are being thrown at Sony for this. But given how big of an organization Sony is, and how investigations go, I honestly believe they didn’t know on April 17th what was going on and we WERE informed as soon as they knew what the compromise was.
Do I believe that Sony should have had better PR to keep us updated since April 17th about what was going on? YES!
Sony dropped the ball PR-wise. We should have received e-mails saying, “We shut down PSN, don’t worry, your PS3 isn’t messed up” on April 17th, even though they didn’t know at the time what the extent of the hack was. The day PSN went down, I restarted my modem 5 times thinking that error I was receiving was due to a problem on my end. My modem would have liked a notification it was Sony who shut down the online servers so it could stop being harassed by my busy hands.
The reason I listed all that above was to give some insight to the reasoning behind my comments regarding this PSN debacle, and why I’m not foaming at the mouth like some of you. Considering I change my passwords often and keep a close watch of my credit card information already, I wasn’t too worried.
That isn’t to say, however, that I can’t change my mind. If the claims from that Purdue professor prove to be true that their protection was old and they KNEW of this beforehand, as well as seeing what the results are of the class action suits, I may start punching babies (just kidding, I wouldn’t do that… keep them away from me just to be on the safe side though). If I’m given concrete proof that Sony intentionally left themselves unprotected when they were given ample warning beforehand, I’m going to be like: “WOAH! WTF SONY! NOW YOU BETTER REDEEM ME! PSN CARDS ALL AROUND SUCKAS!”
I’m not just saying this to get on anyone’s good side; I don’t even like most of you (maybe). It’s just rational thinking and it’s apparently something some people don’t seem to comprehend. People have every right to be mad at Sony because they felt somewhat betrayed, but if I present my own arguments to the situation given what I researched, that makes me part of the Sony Defense Corp? Because I want to ease your worries and let you know of some things I found out?
If that’s the case, I’m no longer interacting with the Internet, because the Internet can’t tell the difference between someone who just wants the facts vs. a fanboy. I’m not a fangirl, and I never will be. It’s just petty. You will never catch me badmouthing the 360 to make the PS3 look better. In fact, I think the 360′s online component is much better than the PS3′s and it will probably remain that way for a long time. I never compared this PSN downtime to that of the downtime of the 360′s, because there’s no point in doing so. It doesn’t make the PS3′s downfall any less severe, it just makes you all look like children.
So the point of this very long rant is, if I ever catch you calling me a fangirl again, I will send Sony Special Forces to your home to do unnecessary things to your dog. Yoshifett knows first-hand what that’s like.
Okay, that may be a lie, especially considering Sony didn’t even invite me to their E3 press event so our relationship isn’t solid anyway. I just want you all to understand that just because someone has a civil opinion on something that opposes yours, it doesn’t make them a fanboy of the system, game, company, etc. Resorting to that line of reasoning makes you just as bad as the fanboys.