Android versus Apple, PlayStation versus Xbox...it really doesn't matter. All those arguments usually come out sounding just about as silly as any discussion defending any major corporation would. Which is to say: why?
Despite the amount of annoyance that console fanboys have caused me over the years as a person writing about video games on the Internet, despite the endless comments threads they have derailed with their arguments, I still have a small reserve of affection for these people.
I put this to you, Xbox fanboys (though it's of course equally applicable across all platforms): if you love console so damn much you indeed qualify as a fanboy, one who adores Microsoft and despises Sony and Nintendo, what does it say about you when one of the execs running Xbox itself owns and enjoys not just a…
If there could be a scientific explanation for why fanboyism is a destructive force within video gaming, trust PBS (and Kill Screen's Jamin Warren) to find it. "A 2011 study found that ... people have biases against creativity." That's one reason why you're getting sequel after sequel every year.
None of us want to admit it, but chances are we're all fanboys of something. Whether it's a particular brand of software, gadget, or anything else, we often rally behind companies and ideologies without even realizing it. Here's why we become fanboys and how to prevent it from happening to you.
In today's special cartridge-based edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Paradox Me realizes that he is a low-down, dirty, stinking Nintendo fanboy. Only not low-down. Or dirty. He probably smells quite pleasant.
Gabrielle Salonga, who's had it up to here with internet commenting system fanboys, shows that it's neither red nor blue (green?) that matters. It's the space between.
See, his attractive girlfriend thinks he's a regular guy, but when she leaves the apartment we find out he's really a closet Nintendo fan, which is horrible, right?
Two months ago, after discovering that the owner of "ModernWarfare3.com" was first using the site to spew some fanboy hate about the game, and then redirect visitors to Battlefield 3's official site, Activision moved to seize the domain. Yesterday, it won.
Today in Speak Up on Kotaku we're going to put all of the arguing and hate behind us in favor of a good old-fashioned sing along, courtesy of commenter JesusChrist, one of the few people qualified to rewrite a John Lennon song.
Should video game store employees be allowed to let their personal preferences influence which products they suggest? That's the question commenter Uncle Jesse asks in today's Speak Up on Kotaku.
While not directly addressing Chet Faliszek's slap at PlayStation 3, the Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford - no stranger to stirring s—t with Valve - has taken a poke at the Left 4 Dead developer's posture toward Sony.
Late to the party on the latest development? Weekend friends B-Miggs and Agent B have broken down the orthodoxy of each console's partisans and their most common reactions to the most common industry news.
It's just a tragic facet of the human condition - a tribal instinct that can pit friend against friend and brother against brother. Catholic v Protestant, Sunni vs Shia, Spectrum v Commodore 64 and now - perhaps most bitterly of all - Xbox 360 v PS3. This latter conflict is currently raging between the HTML tags of…
Building off of his essay where he asked 'who's winning the battle for the hardcore?', Chris Bateman has posted an essay on 'what makes fanboys tick?'. His answer? Much like fanatics on any side of sports rivalry, political divides, or religious divides, it's cognitive dissonance at work. As Bateman explains, "When…