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The five stages of Fanboy Grief

June 20, 2013

Following yesterday’s news I thought I would write a helpful post targeted at those fanboys of PC Sony and Nintendo who must have had an amazing time over the past month turning every single post about gaming into a rant about how Microsoft and the Xbox One suck/eat various things and should die in multiple ways.
I don’t blame you for ganging up together and down voting anything that was even remotely pro Xbox. It’s easy to get swept up in the fervor that was created and I understood where people were coming from even though I didn’t agree. I had still pre ordered my Xbox One as well as the PS4.
I had written before that I thought that either Sony would change its policies to match up with Microsoft after getting pressure from studios that were losing money on the PS4, or that Microsoft would go back on its policies after slow sales. I really thought Microsoft would be too stubborn and I definitely thought this would happen in the New Year if at all.
I’m not sure how I feel about all of the changes. I was looking forward to using the Family sharing option with my friends. I wish that was kept in and they just added an option that meant that the 24 hr check only applied to Gold XBL members and if you missed your 24 hour check due to lack of internet etc then you just reverted to a silver membership with all offline games on your system free to play.
However I think it’s smart to change it now if you were ever going to change it. Most people would have forgotten about the features that never were by the time November roles around.
It has exposed some people on comment sections who are lost without something to complain or rant about now and this is why I bring this help to you to let you know that you aren’t alone. Your grief over not having anything to poke at Microsoft with will pass. Just find the stage that applies to you.
These are all actual comments written by actual people.

Denial is a conscious or unconscious refusal to accept facts, information, reality, etc., relating to the situation concerned. It’s a defense mechanism and perfectly natural. Some people can become locked in this stage when dealing with a traumatic change that can be ignored.

“Ain’t gonna get the s**tbox lone, and there’s nothing micros**t can do to change mind, f**king s**zdrone learning from Sony after their pathetic shit”

This person has resorted to name calling as their main weapon has been taken from them. He has decided that despite not knowing how good each console or its games will be, nothing will convince him to buy an Xbox One. The road back will be long for this one.

Anger can manifest in different ways. People dealing with emotional upset can be angry with themselves, and/or with others, especially those close to them.

“F**k you XBox, going back on everything just because Sony fucked them in the a**. Now they’re like ”We love the consumers, we love the gamers”.

What a bullcrap.”

This person seems to be upset that Microsoft has corrected the thing that upset him in the first place. This is an irrational state of mind that should quickly be resolved once there brain has returned to normal and they can absorb information again. This was also the top comment in a video I was watching so it is obviously a common feeling.

People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek to negotiate a compromise. For example “Can we still be friends?..” when facing a break-up. Bargaining rarely provides a sustainable solution

“Call me when they remove the Kinect Requirement and sell a console without it, then we’ll talk, otherwise, PS4”

This person (Also a top commenter) is still not happy but at least knows why. They want the deal sweetened even more before they can be pulled over or back to Microsoft. This is the bunch that are likely to be responsible for Microsoft backtracking.

Sad Mario is Sad

Also referred to as preparatory grieving. In a way it’s the dress rehearsal or the practice run for the ‘aftermath’ although this stage means different things depending on whom it involves. It’s a sort of acceptance with emotional attachment. It’s natural to feel sadness and regret, fear, uncertainty, etc. It shows that the person has at least begun to accept the reality.

“Sadly, the future of console gaming looks dimmer for the consumer after this announcement.
If you don’t see it, look up what has led to this point and you’ll understand.”

This person has seen the result of this long and bloody war (One month with no confirmed casualties). They’re probably reading through comments still with a single tear building for an excruciatingly long time before falling onto their keyboards space key.


Again this stage definitely varies according to the person’s situation, although broadly it is an indication that there is some emotional detachment and objectivity.

“Ahhhh I wanted to see Microsoft fail.”

They had so much fun. All those meme’s created. All those comments,  the statements that Microsoft were finished. All for nothing. Ah well, I should just get back to playing games I suppose.

So what do you think? Has Microsoft changed their mind in time? Has the damage been done? Who will be next to mess up and make gamers hate them again?

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  1. I keep reading the forums, but I have to stop myself because it’s driving me bonkers. Complaining about MS policies, and then complaining when they listen and change the policies? It’s clear that you can’t win if you do and you can’t win if you don’t with these people.

    The saddest part is that a lot of the initial whining was just PS4 fanboys who never had any intention of buying an Xbox One regardless, they just wanted a leg up in the “my console is better than yours” war.

    Unfortunately this backtracking means we’ll lose a lot of the features I was really looking forward to this generation. But the war still continues regardless.

    • I think you’re right and it will continue. I just hate it when people actually have something tangible to moan about. People can argue all they want about which has better games, controllers or UI. But things like the RROD, PS3 server hack and these policies are things that can be prevented. Now that both sides have to pay for online gaming I’m really hoping that we have a completely equal console war.

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