I made a comment recently on Oliver’s “I Want Another Zelda” editorial, and I made a point I never had before and it made me realize a few things.
Let me start at the beginning: I had often been shown the Zero Punctuation videos by friends and they usually expected me to love them. Granted, I have not seen close to all of them, but I have seen a number, and each time I come off feeling lukewarm. This always confused me, and I never had a good argument when asked why I didn’t love them. The confusion made sense too; the guy is clever, accurate, funny, and has a great sense of timing. But it hit me tonight: it was hard for me to enjoy the videos when I only ever heard negative things. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Just like a fanboy will emotionally defend a game or platform and only ever have positive things to say, the anti-fanboy will make sure to poke every hole possible in every single good thing somebody has to say. Now, Zero Punctuation is not a perfect example of this since, as I mentioned, he often (though not always) points out entirely accurate and reasonable flaws in a game. The videos are also supposed to be funny and not necessarily representative of the guy’s opinion on every game.
I do believe the anti-fanboy exists however, they are just less obvious than their loathed fanboy counterparts. If you read carefully, you will notice that they rely on rhetoric hatred and not supported hatred. While a fanboy will pointlessly argue “it’s just amazing”, you may notice the anti-fanboy counter with the equally unhelpful, “it just sucks”.
Now while most of us are guilty of being at least a bit of a fanboy on occasion, the same goes for being an anti-fanboy. A negative opinion shouldn’t automatically be considered more correct because it is criticism just like a positive opinion shouldn’t automatically be considered a fanboy comment just because it has some good things to say.
Now while this post stemmed from a reply to MasterChief, I hardly consider him to be an example of the anti-fanboy as I’ve heard him argue for and against all sorts of games with as much of a level head as the best of us, but do any of you agree with me? Is there a less obvious anti-fanboy for every fanboy? Perhaps the ratio isn’t quite that high, but do you get annoyed at rampant negativity? Shouldn’t fans of games show the fact that they are fans of games? Let me know in the comment section below.