So are we saying that a true hardcore gamer is a fanboy? I've always concidered myself a rather cosmopolitan gamer. I don't think I've ever held a game up to be some kind of holy grail. There have been some absolutely fabulous game engines , game mechanics etc which I use as a reference against other titles of the same genre, but I measured each game on its own merrits. I've been gaming the best part of 23 years now, but maybe I'm no hardcore player then.