Friday, 25 March 2016

Nerdversity Discussion: Nerd Wars

Now, this is a subject that has been at the center point of nerd, geek and pop culture since day one. Wars between fandoms, yes you do get fans that do spread out over multiple fandoms, but the root cause lies in the hardcore fans of one company or franchise. The people that do this refuse to acknowledge that there is ever anything good about a particular company or entry into the franchise and only see negatives. Examples of this ranging across all types are:
  • Star Trek vs. Star wars
  • Simpsons vs. Family Guy
  • Nintendo vs. Sega
  • Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat
  • Sony vs. Microsoft
  • Marvel vs. DC
  • Tomb Raider vs. Uncharted
  • Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers
The list goes on and on and you get the idea. Social Media has allowed people from all across the globe to unite in their love for whatever they want, however, it has let the rise of negativity follow as well. Examples would be to attack fans of Microsoft's X-Box One console, while heavily glamourising the Playstation 4, ignoring it's faults and controversies over the years.

Of course, while debate among fans is considered a healthy and productive exercise, as it allows free thought to flow, come up with new recommendations, fan theories etc, arguments and wars quickly descend from arguments about the products and companies and into personal attacks further down the line. if left to continue without moderation.

This is a difficult one to really work out how to combat thoroughly and effectively. The reason for this is what people consider the anonymity theory. As we can be whoever we want on the internet and not worry about what they say or the repercussions that may follow, so many have decided they can be colossal jerks towards people and they can get away with it, which ruins the fandom for many and can and has caused people to leave. All I can really say is tread lightly and try and be the best fan you can be, Be open to other people's opinions that you may not share.