Why Console Wars & Fanboyism is Stupid

Ever since I can remember playing video games, console wars and the negative side of fanboyism have always been at the forefront of my interactions with other gamers. From the playground days of arguing over Nintendo vs Sega, Mario vs Sonic… or PlayStation vs Nintendo… to finally today, where daily I have to hear about why Horizon destroys Breath of the Wild, or how Breath of the Wild destroys Horizon, I’ve always been upset by the entireĀ conversation centered around justification on a consumer level purchase.

As a consumer of video game products for 25 years, I have never once felt like I needed to justify my purchase of any video game related item to another person. That doesn’t mean I don’t partake in discussions about which feature is better between systems or games, and that comparisons and critque across consoles and various games aren’t warranted, but all of us are all too well aware of when those lines of honest to goodness discussion, comparisons, and critque are completely crossed into unhinged debate or discussion that doesn’t base itself on a defined center. The people that completely buy into a company, a game, and feel like they need to attack anything else that isn’t that company or game because it may make them feel worse about a purchase they made. Maybe. There are so main psychology reasons this stuff happens I can hardly find a starting point.

In the video above, I discuss at length why I feel console wars and fanboyism in general is just stupid. Do you agree?

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded MetroidWiki.org, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.