Typically, games have often revolved around two opposing sides - from the basic binaries of left and right in Pong to epic titanic battles between gods and men and other creatures, the grandeur of warfare, struggles between good and evil, super spies and seedy government organisations. But the industry isn't just restricted to rivalries between characters. The nature of gaming is such that entire series become bound up in the raging battle for approval. Publishers go to war against one another, and then, of course, there are the fans themselves. We are a so often a fairly fickle bunch. Rivalries are part of the business, so here are ten of the best.
Honourable Mentions: Championship Manager vs. Football Manager, Scorpion vs. Sub Zero
A classic to kick things off. It's a pretty simple back and forth really, but imagine if you were in the little yellow ball's..erm..shoes. There you are, happily munching your way through some dots in your homely labyrinth when all of a sudden some pesky colourful members of the undead with absurdly cute names start chasing after you, wanting you touch you up. You'd get pretty pissed off too. We never really get to find out exactly why Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde are chasing Pac-man, but the heroic, timeless battle of a bottomless-eating-machine-who-just-wants-to-enjoy-his-food vs. the undead has spoken to decades of gamers since its inception.Click here to read the rest of the list...
We love John Carmack, Jon even wrote id Software's programming legend an openly romantic letter last month, and in the latest issue of GamesTM the man behind id Tech 5 has lavished praise upon the current generation of home consoles, although admitting that he personally prefers the Xbox 360.
Fanboys are a very interesting species to observe, and there's no doubt that we all love to hate them. They all appear to operate in the same aggravating way to the untrained eye- but once studied, markedly different behavioural traits and tactics start to emerge between the various factions. What's more, it's important to note that they actually benefit the games industry in a profoundly important way. Fierce console rivalry creates a drive for increasingly competent games... which is primarily spurred on by their constant forum battles and playground arguments.
Thanks, fanboys. You do the hard work so that we don't have to.
With this in mind, we're not here to insult or belittle them. Rather, we're going to try and understand them- as well as the history behind their motivations.
And yeah, okay, we'll probably take the piss out of them a little.
Sony fans had to fight hard to get where they are today. The Playstation emerged into an incredibly competitive market dominated by Nintendo and SEGA, meaning that the rank newcomers had to battle for every inch of ground. The death of the Dreamcast and subsequent PS2 soon rewarded their efforts in spades (allowing them to reign supreme for a time in smug dominion)... but when the Xbox 360 launched, they suddenly found themselves firmly behind the times. During over a year of suffering under the new kids on the block, they were essentially forced to take it on the chin and wait for better days. The PS3 delivered on its promises and finally gave them something to crow about- but the vast majority of Sony fanboys haven't lost the fire and resentment born from years of playground and forum conflict.Read on to understand the fanboy!
Game Buzz is a new weekly opinion column designed to take an irreverent look at one of the biggest news stories to break in the past week. Every Friday evening we'll be bringing you another slice of reaction to topical gaming news, and inviting you to agree, disagree, shout assent, vent rage, scream and complain to you heart's delight. This week we take a look at fanboyism in the light of Destructoid's interview with Jordan Thomas
Earlier this week Destructoid spoke to the guys responsible for bringing the underwater dystopia of rapture to virtual life over at 2K Marin and there was no way that they were going to let them get away without asking them about fanboyism and their thoughts on the matter. Creative director Jordan Thomas’ response was short and sweet, calling the console wars ‘silly’ and suggesting that his studio focuses instead upon important things like ‘consistency’:
There’s a cognitive effect known as 'confirmation bias' which leads people to latch onto conclusions that support their preferences and ignore data which doesn’t," explained Mr. Thomas. "This leads to wild, unreasoning loyalty to a chosen platform, sports team, or brand of soda.
"From a development perspective, the console wars are a bit silly; our target is consistency, and it’s always kind of sad to see people throwing their energy into “platform partisanship”, because it seems to flood the critical channels and drown out other creative discourse."
He’s right of course; fanboys are one of the most irritating blights on the gaming landscape. Many a worthy article’s reception in the subsequent comments section has been sullied by narrow-minded vehement championing of one’s console over another. It’s the debating equivalent of sticking your fingers into your ears and shouting ‘LALALALALALALALA!!!’ until everyone else has stopped talking.