Up For Debate - Do you consider yourself a fanboy or fangirl?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Feb 23, 2020 11:30 AM

Have you ever felt yourself irrationally defending a faceless corporation? Do you ever wake up in a cold sweat worrying AMD's share value has taken a dip? Would you ever name your one and only heir Gaben? The doctor's got some bad news for you...

Okay, let me be clear right out the gate: I’m not saying being a fanboy is inherently bad, nor am I saying that not being a fanboy is bad either, I am simply asking the question of whether or not you, as an individual, consider yourself a fanboy of a games company, video game or series of games.

I also want to save my own backside for when the HR department inevitably swoops down on me (girls can be gamers too, and they don’t have to sell bath water either), so from here on out I will be replacing the word ‘fanboy’ and referring to it as either ‘fan’ or ‘fanperson’ or ‘fanpeople’.

Generally speaking, fanpeople are obsessive (again, not in a bad way, just pointing it out), anywhere from a single game to a video game development company. Without hesitation they will buy or even pre-order a game because they know, they just know, that it’s going to be great. Even if the game or games company has flaws, they will defend it to their death, without thinking of the repercussions or even accepting those flaws as bad.

Now let me be clear: I myself am a fanperson, though I will admit I’ve had to think for a while now exactly what of… I love chicken (the meat) and Marvel movies. Oh! And I’m a die-hard supporter and activist when it comes to water; absolutely love it, can’t get enough of it. Give me enough time and I’ll start spitting water facts like a fresh mountain spring in the lush hills of Scotland on a- sorry I got carried away for a second.

My point is that fanpeople tend to get over-excited or overlook the bad parts of a game or company. Sometimes that can be a good thing; like enjoying a game for what it’s worth to you and the enjoyment that you get out of it yourself. Or even looking past the small flaws that others would consider a deal-breaker. There is certainly bliss to be found in ignorance.

Other times, however, it can be bad; like overlooking how a company treats its staff, or how a game has taken over your life like some digital parasite, draining your mental and physical health but you keep going, keep playing because you refuse to accept the possibility that this habit might be unhealthy for you and those around you.

I just think it’s something to be considerate about. Obviously we should all be more open-minded to anything, but video games and gamers tend to get stigmatised about their health, so is this just another example of stigmatisation? Or is being a fanperson a good thing and is actually more in line with the feeling of ‘ignorance is bliss’? Is being a die-hard fan of something the only course to true happiness in life?

So what do you think? Are you a fanperson? Is it bad to be one? Is saying 'fanboy' really not that gender-friendly? I’m purely asking for a friend… promise.

Are you a fanperson?

Do you think being a fanperson is a bad thing?

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
6
Offline
17:01 Mar-01-2020

I used to be a massive AMD fanboy, but now i just dont care and will buy any part that gives me good frames (yes my PC is full of AMD parts but that is because they were for the right price at the right time)

0
Rep
45
Offline
admin approved badge
23:13 Feb-24-2020

I was just about to click no when I realize I how much video game merch I have and plan to get. Fanboy all day.

0
Rep
56
Offline
18:39 Feb-24-2020

Yeah if I'm a fanboy of anything it'd be OSRS!

0
Rep
33
Offline
11:00 Feb-24-2020

I have a Skyrim tattoo, a Metal Gear Solid tattoo, and a Monster Hunter tattoo. I'd say I'm a fanboy of those.

0
Rep
9
Offline
06:55 Feb-24-2020

I mean i am a fanboy of many games simply for their story but that doesn't mean i won't criticize them...

1
Rep
18
Offline
10:30 Feb-24-2020

Exactly not only are we their biggest Champions but that also makes us their most genuine critics, and all of this is an outcome of serious passion and respect for the brand or product or person.

1
Rep
15
Offline
admin approved badge
16:40 Feb-23-2020

I' m a fanboy for all that is good.

2
Rep
95
Offline
16:22 Feb-23-2020

For some reason, I have a much lower opinion of company fanboys than game fanboys.

1
Rep
3
Offline
01:06 Feb-24-2020

Possibly because "company" conjures up images of corporations & suits that are primarily there to fleece you of cash, whereas "game" reminds you of joy and that you can relate to even if you don't enjoy the same games. Please note I am not a therapist and could just be talking baloney. :)

1
Rep
4
Online
13:46 Feb-23-2020

I'm an Apache fancopter

3
Rep
76
Offline
admin approved badge
12:51 Feb-23-2020

I don't consider myself fanboy, I in general always choose my parts based on value and am willing to give crap to any company for worse stuff they do. And I in general think fanboy-ism is one of the worst things out there, because it is bad for competition or companies even caring about quality. Why do better if fanboys will just buy crap you release anyway? Exactly, no point.Let them complain,...

1
Rep
76
Offline
admin approved badge
12:54 Feb-23-2020

... they are buying it anyway and no one hears complains on top of tower of gold anyway. Just saying. Always remember that those are corporations, they are not your friends. They are not tribe that cares for their little tribe members, so you need to defend that Intel/nVidia/AMD tribe with your life forever. They really don't care, they only care about money, so being fanboy is just pointless.

1
Rep
-6
Offline
12:49 Feb-23-2020

I consider myself a wise consumer.

5

Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-6800K 6-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition 32GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Gigabyte D5 2GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Gigabyte Windforce 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3070 EVGA FTW3 Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
80% Yes [5 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
APU A8-7410 Quad-Core Radeon R5 7410 8GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Ryzen 5 3400G 4-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 11 6GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
50% Yes [2 votes]