Today I was random watching Youtube videos and I came across The Red Dragon and he was talking about the reviews of PlayStation VR in relation to many different websites and channels reviewing the product. I thought his synopsis in general about VR was fair and honest. From what I gather he looked at VR as a whole and doesn’t seem to think that it will catch-on as the next step in gaming. However, from reading the comments section you would take away this guy is at Sony headquarters leading a band of miscreants with pitchforks and torches in an all out assault against Sony.
Now check this video out before going further.
He was very clear and concise. He gave the good points about PSVR and VR in general as well as the bad. He didn’t single out Sony as being the ONLY bad thing for VR and that it is the ONLY VR head-set with short-comings. He gave a fair and honest opinion. I can’t say whether or not it was “unbiased” because I don’t know him or what’s in his heart. So I can’t say how he feels about Sony and it would be arrogant and disingenuous to surmise that I know such things.
The comments section is LOADED with people claiming that he is a hater, a Microsoft fanboy and that his channel is 100% dedicated to trashing Sony, hyping Microsoft, and nothing else.
Now. If I was someone who just read headlines without reading the whole story in context and I just glanced at his video section I would probably have the same conclusion or one similar. There are a LOT of videos on his channel talking about the deficiencies of Sony and the triumphs of Microsoft. When he does bring up the deficiencies of Microsoft he makes sure to give a full explanation as to why it is not as bad as it sounds or looks.
That doesn’t bother me. It’s his channel, and he can have whatever opinion he wants. However I wanted to use this as an example to show how Fanboyism is a cancer in society.
Now this image I downloaded from the net obviously was meant as satire, but you get the gist of it. Fanboyism is poison. Plain and simple. It is born out of hate, fear, anger, arrogance, idolatry, and perhaps most of all insecurity. People who fit the fanboy criteria usually have a major issue with insecurity.
They like or love something well beyond the level where it becomes obsessive and detrimental. In their heart they know that they have gone overboard, but because they idolize this thing, person, concept, company, etc. they cannot break free from this destructive behavior. So in an attempt to rid themselves of the guilt they feel, they look at someone else that does NOT share their views and ATTACK them in order to feel more secure in what they want to believe, but actually in heart they don’t. People do it in sports, music, politics, movies, even comic books or movies based off of comic books. Marvel vs DC anyone?
It’s really silly when you look at it from a panoramic-perspective. I see Nintendo fanboys make excuses. I see Microsoft fanboys make excuses, and I Sony fanboys make excuses, and I PC fanboys makes excuses for a plethora of reasons, and usually none of them are valid. A VERY tragic ordeal in all this is the fact that companies tend to listen to the cries of fanboys rather than the objective gamer that just wants to enjoy playing fun games and may give constructive criticism while giving praise for the good things they are doing. Many things have been ruined because of companies trying to cater to people who don’t even know what they want, but they are just squawking to be heard to get attention that they aren’t getting elsewhere in their lives. Being that the rest of us are busy enjoying our games and our lives, unfortunately their voices are the loudest and clearest.
We have reviewed VR headsets on the Live and Leveled Podcast and we have first-hand evidence of how these forms of VR work. There is more enough evidence out there to suggest that PSVR has some issues if people are going to be honest. That’s not the end of the world. Just because PSVR has some short-comings doesn’t mean it is a bad piece of hardware not worth your money. That decision is yours and yours alone to make on what is worth you spending your money and no one else should play any factor in that determination. It also doesn’t mean Sony can’t fix the problems somewhere down the line or aren’t already engaged in fixing those problems. That doesn’t mean it is wrong to point out those problems and it doesn’t mean you hate something or have ulterior motives when you point out problems. If you don’t know that you have a problem, then it cannot be fixed. Some problems aren’t a big deal, and others are a big deal.
I grew up in the 80s so we played games that had all kinds of glitches. While we didn’t really have a feasible outlet for immediately voicing our concerns because there was no internet or social media, we just made do. We learned how to use glitches in games to our advantage or how to adapt to deficiencies in games.
All in all I think we complain too much in society. We complain about stuff, and then we complain about other people complaining about stuff. Then we argue with one another because we don’t want to accept the fact that we are guilty of what we are accusing others of doing! It’s enough to make you want to tear your hair out by the roots!!! AAARGH!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately I don’t think fanboyism is going away. It’s only going to get worse. We just have to learn how to navigate through the shark-infested waters of fanboyism. It might not be a bad idea to contact development teams of your favorite games and let them know about your satisfaction. Give them a pat on the back. Encourage them. Let them know that their hard work was not in vain. Get detailed about specific features that you like and express your desire to see more of that. As an artist myself I can tell you that I get a huge shot of adrenaline whenever someone expresses admiration or excitement over work that I do and it helps me to push harder and increase the quality of my work, even in those times when I don’t feel like doing it. So lets all agree to do more encouraging, more praising, and less whining. 🙂