Fanboys are awful. They can make innocent conversations uncomfortable. Just ask Japanese rocker T.M. Revolution. He is one of Japan's most recognisable singers. He's also the proud owner of a new PS Vita.
"Just as I'd heard, the screen is huge, and it's beautiful!" T.M. Revolution tweeted. "It's also easy to use, and, yep, I totally want to play Monster Hunter 3G on this!
"What's more," the singer continued, "this is my first tweet from the PS Vita!"
Innocent, enough, no? He got a new piece of hardware, he likes it, and he wants to play a game on it. Thing is, Monster Hunter 3G is on the 3DS. It's not on the PS Vita. Suddenly, an innocent conversation is not so innocent — and red meat for fanboys.
"That bit about Monster Hunter was unnecessary," tweeted Japanese Twitter user Tekitou. "It makes a bad impression".
T.M. Revolution seemed surprised, replying to Tekitou, with a "Huh?"
Tekitou is following only eight Twitter users (Nintendo is first on his follow list; T.M. Revolution is not on it). He replied to the singer, noting that Capcom made best use of the 3DS's features and characteristics when developing and launching Monster Hunter 3G, then asking him what Capcom would think about the singer's 3DS denial.
Another Twitter user pointed out that T.M. Revolution didn't do anything wrong, forwarding him a Japanese game site link detailing the whole Twitter incident. Online, others commented that it's natural to say you want to play Monster Hunter on Sony hardware due to its long history on the PSP. Others added that the singer didn't say the 3DS was awful. Yet, T.M. Revolution still apologized.
And then the conspiracy theorist came out of the woodwork, like they always do, pointing out that T.M. Revolution is on Sony's music label. Who's the fanboy now, eh? Eh? Um...
Speaking of music, you know what the best thing for video games could ever be? If they were like music in that you could play, say, T.M. Revolution's debut solo album on cassette, mini-disc, CD, or MP3 — whatever the hell you wanted. If you wanted an analogue experience, you could get that. If you wanted something slick and digital, you could get that, too. Or if you wanted to play his latest album on an Apple machine, you could do that. Or a Samsung machine, you could do that, too. But no. Big companies box in hardware and provide fodder for internet bickering and, here, celebrity hassling.