What is it about some RPG fans that makes them want to be so elitist? We saw this big-time with Final Fantasy 7 – anyone who dared to like FF7 (the first game in the series to receive massive popularity in the US) was looked down upon by some for being less of a fan than those “true” fans who “knew” Final Fantasy VI was the best thing ever (or FF5 or FF4 or FF1, etc.). I’ve even seen this with the Shin Megami Tensei series – Persona fans are looked down upon by some Nocturne fans for liking the popular spin-off instead of the “true” SMT.
Just what is the point of this whole “Better than you” attitude? RPGs tend to be either extremely popular (World of Warcraft, Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Mass Effect, etc.) or really niche (basically anything from Atlus, XSeed Games, NIS America, indie devs, etc.). Even the “popular” Persona series isn’t guaranteed to sell over 100,000 copies per installment in the US. Rather than trying to put down other fans for not being as hardcore as you are, instead be happy that there are others who share your interests.
Although I do wonder if we’ll ever reach a point in the distant future where we’ll have people arguing over how you’re not a true Zeboyd Games fan if you liked Breath of Death I: The Sequel (Man, they really sold out to the mainstream then!).