In Response to "Mommy, Where do Fanboys Come from?" from The Escapist Forum: A fan-boy doesn't have to be passionate about games but simply a console, or one game in particular. I've friends that, once hooked on San Andreas, haven't stopped playing it - to them it's the world. Fan-boy yes, gamer no - at least - I'd rather they not be associated with the term "gamer" who I would pray has an acceptance of a wide variety of games.
Not sure if I've made a valid point, though I'm going to continue. "Deeply passionate" I associate with someone that, as you've previously stated, hordes knowledge. From chat board conversations and flame-wars that "I" associate with "fan-boy" it doesn't appear many have knowledge - it's more a, stealing Yahtzee's words, "demented honking" with little to no thought at all. The statement "PS3 sux0rz, 360 iz l337" is the kind of intelligence I associate with fan-boy.
On a more personal note, and to completely contradict my own statement. I call myself a Sony fan-boy and will vigorously defend the PS3 and PSP systems - but when it comes down to it, I'd prefer to play the 360.
In Response to "Growing Up Gamer" from The Escapist Forum: Over the last couple of years I've read dozens (feels like hundreds) of articles talking about the relationship between casual and "hardcore" games and where the future of gaming lies. And yet it's this article, mostly about a completely different topic, which I feel achieves the most insight into the issue. I'm referring, of course, to the section concerning why your sister doesn't play anymore.
I shall be linking people to this one for years to come, I suspect.
- Dom Camus
This article definitely captured the reasons why I rarely play games any more. Today's games require a level of commitment that most people with spouses and children can't give. For that matter, my kids don't have time for games like that. With the amount of studying and reading that my kids have to do, they can't devote hours at a time to a game. My 10-year-old daughter's favorite type of games are the hidden-object category of casual games. She can jump on after her homework is done, play for her allotted 30 minutes, and save quickly.