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Are fanboys obessed by the thing they support?

When is too far?
When is somebody a fan boy?
Are fan boys good?

Let's debate guys. It might help me with an article I'm planning.

Fanboy isn't an official term for it. It's "fan".

Wiki definition:

--- Quote ---A fan, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something, such as a band, a sports team or entertainer. Collectively, fans of a particular thing or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm by being members of a fan club, holding fan conventions, creating fanzines, writing fan mail, or by promoting the object of their interest and attention.

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Characteristics, according to Wikipedia:

--- Quote ---Fans usually have a strong enough interest that some changes in their lifestyles are made to accommodate devotion to the focal object. Fans have a desire for external involvement – they are motivated to demonstrate their involvement with the area of interest through certain behaviors (attending conventions, posting online, displaying team banners outside their homes, etc.). Fans often have a "wish to acquire" material objects related to the area of interest, such as a baseball hit by a famous slugger or a used guitar pick from their musical hero. As well, some fans have a desire for social interaction with other fans. This again may take many forms, from casual conversation, e-mail, chat rooms, and electronic mailing lists to regular face-to-face meetings such as fan club meetings and organized conventions.

There are several groups of fans that can be differentiated by the intensity level of their level of involvement or interest in the hobby (level of fanaticism)[2] The likelihood for a subject of interest to be elevated to the level of fandom appears to be dictated by its complexity. Complexity allows further involvement of fans for a longer period of time because of the time needed to work the subject of interest 'out.' It also contributes to a greater sense of belonging because of the mental effort invested in the subject.

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Are fans obsessed? Yes. Yes they are. Although the degree of obsession varies. I don't think it's too much, though.

Are fans good? Yes. In an economical point of view, they're important. Increase fans? Increase sales. Decrease of fans? You just did something wrong. Result? Decrease in sales.

When is it too far? When it radically changes their lives. When this minor interest turns into major obsession

But isn't there a difference between "fan" and "fanboy'?

Like I can say that I'm a fan of the Layton series. But I'm not a fanboy that goes crazy over a new release.

See where I'm going?

I hate fanboys.

They actually harm the future of gaming, talented people are out there making games but if it isn't another Mario rehash people just aren't interested. No wonder all we get is a new COD every year, nobody can afford to take a chance because fanboys won't buy it.

Yes. But fanboy isn't even in the dictionary. It's a derogatory term for fans. See how you're using it?


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