Something a Little Different: Why I Don’t Like the Term “Fanboy”

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With the release of The Taken King expansion for Destiny, and the influx of “People still play Destiny?” comments on social media, that got me thinking: This is why I don’t like the term “fanboy.”

Why would I be thinking that, you wonder?

In order to answer that question, I must first answer another:

What do I mean when I say “fanboy”?

I mean this:

To me, the word “fanboy” brings to mind a person who will trash what they are not a fan of and hold up what they are a fan of as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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I don’t like the term “fanboy” for two reasons:

  1. I’m not going to bash a game or its fans just because I, personally, am not a fan of that game. (The same goes for not just games, but for anything.)
  2. I’m not going to not criticize something just because I’m a fan of it.

The reason I was thinking of the term “fanboy” when I saw peoples’ reactions to The Taken King:

  1. People were bashing others purely for being fans of Destiny.
  2. People were holding up what they are a fan of as, compared to Destiny, the greatest thing since sliced bread.

To further explain my thoughts on The Taken King, and the term “fanboy”:

I understand why people are fans of Destiny. And because of that, I’m not going to hop online and say something like “Destiny iz fur scrubs loooooooooool!”

If I dislike an entry in a series that I’m a fan of, than I will not hold back in my criticism just because I’m a fan. For example: I’m looking forward to Halo 5. I think it’ll be a good game. But if I find any part of that game lacking, for whatever reason, I’m not going to sweep my thoughts on it under the rug just because I’m a Halo fan. And I’m not going to just say “This game is bad!” I’m going to explain why I think what I think about Halo 5 in the most calm and clear way that I can.

On a related note:

I’m a fan of the 2014 version of Godzilla.

The reason I bring this up is because I know that movie was controversial: Like Destiny, some people love it, and some people hate it.

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My point being: I know what it’s like to be a fan of something that gets a lot of hate. I’m sure you do, too.

The reason I am bringing up Godzilla, when I’m talking about The Taken King, on a blog devoted to Halo, is this: We all have things we’re a fan of. Some things receive more criticism than others, too. However: That is no reason to look down on someone because they’re a fan of something you’re not — to essentially say to a person, “Your taste sucks.”

Saying “This sucks. And you suck for liking it,” is not constructive. The only thing it accomplishes is division, anger, and pain.

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