Editorial #02: Let’s drop labels, shall we?

I heard the term fanboy for the first time in my early 20s, and I have despised it ever since.

What is a fanboy or fangirl? Someone who really enjoys a system and talks about it with blind enthusiasm? I guess then I could be called that to a certain extent because for years, I owned Nintendo products. However, I was a “fangirl” out of necessity. I couldn’t afford anything else. I wasn’t buying it on my own because it would have taken forever to save up enough allowance money and my mom wasn’t about to drop money for more than one system or game every six months. Call her crazy, but she figured I could make do with what I had and Nintendo was it for a while. So I know what it’s like to have a single system at any given time.

But it wasn’t until I was out in the world as a job-holding adult that I realized it was probably beneficial to have other consoles. So I saved up my little checks to first purchase a PSOne and later a Dreamcast. I was no longer a single console owner, and it felt … good. It’s not that I gave up on Nintendo or that it dampened my ardor for Nintendo at the time. It was out of convenience that I decided to expand my gaming habits. However, it was about that time that I received that label. The person who so judiciously felt the need to slander me was someone whom I cared for a great deal and respected. Their opinion meant the world to me, and my feelings were hurt. Time has passed and the relationship no longer exists with good reason.

What I want to know is, what gives someone the right to call someone else that word? What qualifies other gamers to drop labels on each other? Just because you play a certain system and enjoy that system isn’t a bad thing. I really believe this is a mask of jealousy for some. I also think it’s a tool to prove superiority over others. Trust me on this one: The way you play a video game and what you play has absolutely no bearing on real life. It doesn’t make you any better as a person or worse. And if you have enough time on your hands to sit around dissing folks based on their gaming preferences, you have too much of it. You need to find something else to do. Might I suggest growing up and making something of yourself besides some idiot who lives at home with his or her parents with a piddly job that doesn’t contribute to the greater good of society?

And, as a gamer who has within the past year lived at home with my parent, let me state this: There is nothing wrong with getting a little help sometimes. If it means going home in this economy, so be it. I take offense to those who don’t try to do anything.

Whether you consider yourself a hardcore gamer or someone who just enjoys sitting down with a DS or Wii, you can be whatever you want to be. Just don’t let someone tell you what kind of gamer your are or do the name calling yourself.

Enjoy your gaming without calling names. That’s what it’s there for.

Lyndsey M. Mosley

Editor, Gaming Insurrection

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