* ConsoleWars in general. Even worse is PCVsConsole.
** Sega fired the first shot, but the anti-Sega views were mostly taken up by Nintendo's fandom rather than the actual company. Didn't help much that Nintendo fans were all accused of being five-year-olds.
*** Even mentioning the rivalry between SegaGenesis and [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] ''today'' can lead to InternetBackdraft. Nowadays some Nintendo fans like to bring up the failures of Sega's subsequent systems, returning the {{take that}}s Sega hurled at Nintendo in TheNineties.
* ''Mega Man'' has stretched itself so far that there's bound to be some of this. Among the main rivalries:
** [[VideoGame/MegaMan Classic]] timeline fans vs. the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' timeline. Though the latter is actually fairly faithful to the former in terms of themes, people who like the old-school, NintendoHard games see the Network timeline as an attempt to woo over fans of games like ''Pokémon'' and ''Franchise/YuGiOh''.
** 8-Bit Mega Man platformers vs. more-than-8-Bit Mega Man platformers. Some people feel the series declined after the NES era, with ''Mega Man 8'' in particular being SnarkBait for its increased focus on new gameplay elements the core games never had. With ''Mega Man 9'' and ''10'' not only becoming 8-Bit again, but also axing some of the moves Mega Man gained since ''Mega Man 2'', a steady alternate backlash has arisen from people who think the series needs to be more progressive.
*** Interesting note on the above: For [[NintendoHard all of the]] [[PacingProblems complaints about]] Videogame/MegaManUnlimited, the resurrection of the slide while not resurrecting the charged shot weren't among them. Contrast the BrokenBase over ''9'' and ''10'' having the slide (and charged shot) be delegated to Proto Man and the complaints about Videogame/StreetFighterXMegaMan being too dependent on the charged shot.
* ''The'' video game example is ''[[SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' vs. ''[[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]''. It was practically ''intended'' by Sega in the 16-bit era, since ''Sonic'' was created for the purpose of competing with ''Mario''. It dissipated a bit once Sega quit consoles, but still exists because the rivalry become so deeply ingrained in video game history and [[LongRunner both]] [[CashCowFranchise franchises]] are still very recognizable and popular headliners for their respective companies. ''VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames'' and Sonic's appearance in later ''SuperSmashBros'' games [[AscendedMeme have taken advantage of this]] while burying the hatchet for the most part; the rivalry chiefly exists between older fans now (who also still argue over the aforementioned SNES vs Sega Genesis ConsoleWars). It's probably the closest thing to a video game equivalent of ''Coke vs Pepsi''.
** Any ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' game vs. ''[[SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]'' vs. ''Videogame/CrashTeamRacing'' vs. ''DiddyKongRacing'' vs. ''ModNationRacers'' for domination of the kart racer genre.
*** Mario Kart itself has a Fandom Rivalry between ''Mario Kart DS'' and other ''Mario Kart'' titles.
** Within ''Sonic'', you have "classic" (pre-SegaDreamcast) fans vs. "modern" (post-Dreamcast) fans.
*** With ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', Sega TookAThirdOption and combined the difference - featuring the aspects of the two eras, from gameplay to aesthetics, colliding in a CrisisCrossover time travel plot.
*** Thanks to ''Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed'', many Sonic fans seem to have grown quite a hatred towards Franchise/{{Vocaloid}} fans, particularly those of Hatsune Miku. The reason for this is because a survey was put up in the SEGA Forums over who people want as their next downloadable character. While the Sonic fans and other players of the game backed the likes of [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg Billy Hatcher]], VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}, VideoGame/ToejamAndEarl, and [[VideoGame/{{Shenmue}} Ryo Hazuki]], Miku received enough nominations to be put on the ballot, which caught the attention of the Vocaloid fandom. They voted en masse, and Miku ultimately placed 2nd, behind Ryo. The SEGA fans felt cheated that a character they largely have no interest in and were previously neutral to could now invade their game. (Regardless of the argument, she is the protagonist of the SEGA-produced VideoGame/ProjectDiva series.) The anime {{Hatedom}} jumped in, and debates about whether or not she's a SEGA character escalated into a FlameWar within a week. It has gotten to where some people have announced they will become {{Griefer}}s in an effort to drive Miku usage down. It should be mentioned that the Miku fans, who by and large do not play the game (until she gets in), are largely unaware of the hate going on on the other side.
*** On another note, fans of ''Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed'' has a pretty intense dislike for fans of the Mario Kart series due to its diametrically opposed approach to how items should function in a kart racer: Whereas Mario Kart has been item-centric since ''Mario Kart 64'' with a stripped-down racing engine compared to other major racing franchises, ''Transformed'' is more of an arcade racer lightly peppered with items that are deliberately weak. This has split racing fans between those who like the more action-packed, chaotic progression of Mario Kart races that require on-the-spot thinking versus the calmer, more flowing races in ''Transformed'' that require planning ahead. (Most other kart racers have powerful items akin to Mario Kart, hence why such a rivalry never reached this intensity until now.) The ''Transformed'' fans accuse Mario Kart fans of being skill-less hacks who need luck to win a race, whereas the Mario Kart fans accuse ''Transformed'' fans of racing snobs who don't know how to deal with unexpected setbacks.
* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' vs. ''Franchise/BioShock''. Even if you like both or prefer ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' over ''[=BioShock=]'', this is ''not okay''.
** On the other hand, if you dare suggest ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' is actually a good game, ''some'' ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' fans will eat you alive, call you a Console Kiddy, and kick you out of their forum.
* In the [[SpeedRun speedrunning]] community, single-segment versus tool-assisted. Because there is significant overlap, it's not much of an issue.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' are [[LighterAndSofter extreme]] [[DarkerAndEdgier opposites]] in terms of style.
** There seems to be some pressure between ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast Link to the Past]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' fans as to which one's better, and even if the other's good at all.
** Then there's the fans of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' vs. ''Majora's Mask'' vs. ''Twilight Princess'' into which is the [[FanDumb better 3D Zelda game]].
** All of the Zelda games have fans (even ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames those ones]]'' have [[MemeticMutation some ironic ones]]). If you claim to like all [[strike:18]] 16 ''Zelda''s you're deluding yourself and have blood on your hands.
** On the outside level there's ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' vs ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', which got pretty intense, very unfortunately named and timed.
* ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' vs. ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXI'' -- at least among those for whom the latter is even on the radar. They embody instant gratification vs. hard work, casual play vs. dedicated hobby -- or, less charitably, {{Scrub}} vs. StopHavingFunGuy. Additionally, they display solo vs. group emphasis.
** ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' vs. ''Videogame/WarhammerOnline'' is a second MMO rivalry.
** ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' vs. ''Guild Wars''
*** Within [=WoW=], you have warriors-versus-paladins and more famously, warlocks-versus-mages (although most people in those debates see it as a friendly running gag to bash each other, especially since a lot of these guys probably have alts of the opposing classes.).
*** Within ''WoW'', you also have Horde vs Alliance. A major source of contention that causes a broken base. That's right, just like the factions in game, the fandoms are at war with each other. While most players do have characters on both sides (like the class debates above) they all have one clear favorite, and there are many flame wars over which is better (from meta-game perspective all the way down to who has the better war machine in lore), which Blizzard favors in terms of buffs or for story focus, etc. Fans of lore also see a similar rivalry between people who prefer "war" between the two factions and a "peace" between the two factions.
*** Compare to the rivalry between ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy''.
** ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes'' is another UnknownRival.
*** And now ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes'' vs. ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. The fact that the latter is being made by the ScapegoatCreator of the former ''does not help at all''.
** Everquest fans hold a grudge against WoW that looks like this.
** ''EveOnline'' players tend to stay away from the fracas for some reason, oddly enough for an MMORPG that has been demonstrated to be SeriousBusiness - probably due to a different gameplay emphasis.
*** ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' might be the first to start some friction, even though it seems like the two games will have absolutely nothing in common besides starship combat in space online, [[FanDumb that never stopped anyone]].
*** And since it was developed by Cryptic and the same ScapegoatCreator associated with ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'', the above superhero MMO feud has apparently extended to ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** WoW versus ''{{Rift}}'': Either ''Rift'' is a half-assed [=WoW=] knock-off that is on the verge of disappearing into obscurity...or it did [=WoW=] one better, and the only reason [=WoW=] still has fans is because [[ItsPopularNowItSucks some people have no taste]]. There's very little middle ground.
** ''GuildWars2'' versus ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' is an odd example given that neither game has been released and neither is likely to be released in the near future. Main points of contention seem to be the healer-tank-dps trinity vs a weak and flexible support-damage-control trinity, pay-to-play vs buy-to-play, sci-fi vs fantasy, and Arenanet/[=NCSoft=] vs Bioware/EA. [[EnemyMine Fans of both games tend to agree they want to bring down [=WoW=]]], but beyond that...
*** If you can find a discussion on SW:TOR's main forums that involves Guild Wars, you ''will'' find someone lying about Guild Wars 2 just to make it look bad. There was one thread where a guy ''claimed he was playing the [=GW2=] beta'' to reinforce his argument that he knew TOR was superior. The [=GW2=] beta ''wasn't even out yet.'' Some [=GW2=] fans love this and go troll the TOR forums, only making the problem worse.
** In case you haven't noticed the trend by now, over 90% of the [[FandomRivalry Fandom Rivalries]] in the MMORPG genre can be summed up as WoW vs. whatever game is currently in second place in popularity.
** To a degree you also have WoW vs. the first three ''Warcraft'' games, due to the seeming abandonment of the original strategy format. Even proposed films have focused more on WoW than the original games.
* EliteBeatAgents versus ''Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan'', with OTO fans saying that EBA is a watered down version of Ouendan and EBA fans calling OTO fans "weeaboos" (never mind the fact that EBA had a manga artstyle too).
* ''GuitarHero'' fans think ''RockBand'' tries to do too much and doesn't do anything well. ''RockBand'' fans think ''GuitarHero'' has bad chart design and, with ''World Tour'', [[FollowTheLeader is ripping them off]]. The minority who play and enjoy both just stay out of the way.
** Due to both series' {{Mission Pack Sequel}}s, Music/{{Metallica}} vs. Music/TheBeatles is an easy way to start an argument between fans of not those two bands, but rather of said video game series. This despite the fact that both bands are completely different.
** ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' vs. {{Bemani}} (particularly ''Guitar Freaks'' and ''drummania'', the inspirations for GH and RB). The tension seems to have calmed down in recent years, although the introduction of ''Guitar Freaks XG'' (a successor to the 3-fret ''Guitar Freaks'' that adds two more fret buttons) re-ignited things a little bit.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' vs. ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', a rivalry over two completely different games stylistically.
** And ''Street Fighter'' vs. ''TheKingOfFighters'', which officially materialized into ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000 Capcom vs. SNK]]''.
*** Speaking of [[CapcomVsWhatever Capcom crossover games]], but to a smaller extent than the two above, ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' against ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom''. Upon the announcements that both games would receive {{updated rerelease}}s in the West in 2010, the stage was set for hostilities. Best example of this case? ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' adopting the ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom'' button layout was the cue for cries of "Ruined Forever!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' vs. ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''. This one's particularly interesting in that one of the actual game designers, ''DOA'' creator Tomonobu Itagaki, actually promotes the rivalry (Itagaki has been ''very'' outspoken in criticizing ''Tekken''), and that, starting with ''[=DOA3=]'', the series became console-exclusive on {{Xbox}}/Xbox360, while ''Tekken'', although multiplatform, is still considered by fans a [=PlayStation=] franchise. Basically, this is a fandom rivalry that involves both games ''and'' the systems they play on.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' vs. ''any'' fighting game. Due to its game mechanics, it's heavily debated whether ''Smash'' is more technical or less technical than other fighters; it may be considered less technical because the control scheme is comparably simple, and it may be considered more technical because the game is more about manual advanced technical maneuvers[[note]]For example, lag-canceling aerial attacks is manual in ''Smash''. Traditional fights don't have any landing lag at all.[[/note]] psychological skill, matchup knowledge, and creative playstyle than simply health bar depletion and button combinations. On the other hand, Smash greatly decreases the focus on {{combos}}, and in Brawl they are nigh nonexistant, taking away a bit of depth. However, compared to other examples on this page "eh, apples and oranges" is a much more acceptable viewpoint.
** And then things got FromBadToWorse with the mere ''existence'' of ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale''. [[InternetBackdraft Hoo]] [[HateDumb boy.]]
** Given the content of the two games (characters from Nintendo/PlayStation games come together to knock each other into next week), this rivalry could be seen as a proxy of the ConsoleWars.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' fans vs. ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' fans.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fans vs. ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' fans. Doesn't help that the resemblance is superficial at best and that both series actually do appeal to different tastes.
** There's also a substantial rivalry between the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' and ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' fandoms, possibly mirroring the Console vs PC conflict.
** There's another rivalry which is ''much'' more vicious between fans of ''Halo'' and fans of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', specifically on the topic of [=SPARTANs=] vs. Space Marines.
*** This one is also related to the fact that both were incredibly influential {{First Person Shooter}}s, and nobody can seem to decide which one was more important (''Half-Life'', because it's earlier? ''Halo'', because it's more widely-known?)
** ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fans vs. ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' fans vs. ''GearsOfWar'' fans for domination of 360 shooters, stirred by A. ''Halo'' and ''Gears'' being Xbox exclusives and B. ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' outright dethroning ''Halo'' as the #1 popular console FPS series upon the release of ''ModernWarfare''.
*** Good god, ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' versus ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', a rivalry deliberately started by ElectronicArts themselves. The intense amount of FanDumb spouted by both sides is enough to give one a headache. Not completely unrelated to this is...
*** {{Steam}} versus EA's Origin. One of them is a well-established digital games platform (which ''Call of Duty'' games are directly integrated to, controversially starting with ''ModernWarfare 2''). The latter is coming out with the explicit purpose of destroying the former. Compounded by EA refusing to comply with Steam's terms of agreement, which led to the removal of some games (''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 2'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'') from Steam, which will certainly end up on Origin when it comes out.
*** Don't believe us about the Battlefield vs. COD war? Go on ANY Youtube video about either game. Scroll down to the comments. If you are not frustrated, you deserve a medal.
** And then came COD vs. ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' vs. Halo vs. Battlefield. You know, since games of different genres should be compared to each other to reach a logical goal.
** To a certain extent, there's even a ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' vs. ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' rivalry, as some people think Bungie merely recycled the latter's ideas into the former with more modern production values and more commercial success. The Mac vs. Windows rivalry (as described elsewhere) might also have something to do with it, since the ''Marathon'' trilogy was originally released for the Mac before fans created the Aleph One cross-platform port, whereas Halo was originally made for Microsoft's Xbox (though it was later ported to the Mac as well as the PC). However, in this case, it's more acceptable and common to like both than usual.
*** Speaking of which, ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' vs. ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' for old-school FPS supremacy. The former was considered technologically superior and had an infinitely deeper storyline, but since it was originally released for the Mac, which has never been known for its huge gaming community, the latter was much more widely played. And, of course, there were probably Doom players who just liked killing stuff without having to follow a story.
** In all honesty, CallOfDuty vs. EVERYTHING. Their FanDumb seems to almost take pride in bemoaning anything and everything that isn't ''Call of Duty'', even itself, judging from their FanWank about most of the games being on Nintendo consoles. While software-hardware porting limitations give legitimate reasons to dislike the game, their FanDumb seems to criticize it for solely being on the Wii at all, with the best argument they can give being "OMFG [[RealIsBrown GRAFFIX]] SUXORZ SO ITS GAY".
*** Given a nose-tweaking on a poll on the Creator/ObsidianEntertainment website. They polled their fans on what game ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' should most be like, out of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'', ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/TempleOfElementalEvil'', and ''[[BreadEggsMilkSquick Call of Duty]]''.
*** The ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' fandom has specifically positioned itself as the anti-''Call of Duty'' community. Frequent talking points brought up by ''Splatoon'' fans are that ''Call of Duty'' has become too StrictlyFormula, has a RealIsBrown aesthetic, and is full of the typical violence and deathmatches of the shooter genre, all in contrast to ''Splatoon''.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' fans vs. ''SaintsRow'' fans. GTA fans say Saints Row is [[DenserAndWackier too silly]] and a ripoff of their franchise, whereas fans of the Saints say that Grand Theft Auto takes itself far too seriously, [[DarkerAndEdgier especially after the fourth game.]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' players vs. ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' players. The former people tend to fall into TheyChangedItNowItSucks, with the amount of features being unnecessary or ruining the gameplay and look down on the latter game as being too "noobish". It doesn't help that [=TF2=] is much more well known than classic now. You know how this proceeds.
** Team Fortress Classic/2 vs. Counter-Strike (Source). Both from Valve, both started as mods (though Team Fortress goes back even further as a mod for Quake), both with diametrically opposed styles of gameplay. Bound to be conflict? You bet.
*** Also nice to know that before Counter Strike, Team Fortress Classic was the most popular online shooter. Now it's usually back and forth between Counter Strike and Team fortress 2/Classic
* ''VideoGame/InFamous'' fans vs. ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' fans.
** How to make the Fans rage? Ask who would win in any forum that knows both franchises
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' vs. ''Franchise/DragonQuest'', although this one is probably a little stronger in Japan, since love for the ''Dragon Quest'' series elsewhere lies mostly with a cult following.
** A stronger example for Americans would probably be, within the ''Final Fantasy'' series, pre-''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' games vs. ''[=FF7=]'' and anything beyond. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' in particular have fandoms with a hate-on for one another. The other strongest rivalries are ''FFVII'' vs. ''FFX'', ''FFIX'' vs. Underappreciation, and ''FFVIII'' vs. every other game in the series.
** There also seems to be one for ''FFV'' versus any of the more story driven ones.
** This got really interesting after the companies that made the two series (Squaresoft for ''Final Fantasy'', Enix for ''Dragon Quest'') merged into the new company, SquareEnix. You might think that this would make the rivalry less intense as both series are now made by the same company. There are some fans from each side who claim that entries of their series made since the merger have been lesser in quality due to being "tainted" by having employees who were originallly from the other company working on them.
** There's also ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' vs. ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. The most heated debate is usually between fans of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' for the Sony [=PlayStation=] and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' for the Nintendo 64, crossing over into ConsoleWars, with both heatedly declaring that their specific game was the biggest RPG of all time. Even though Zelda is an ActionAdventure series, not an RPG.
** A smaller scale rivalry is ''Final Fantasy'' vs. the TalesSeries, or, to be more accurate, ''Final Fantasy VII'' vs. ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Both games are considered by and large to be the greatest games in their respective series, and thus are at the heart and passion of next to all of the flame wars of these two franchises.
*** There's also a minor conflict between ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', mostly because of their [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne suspiciously]] [[SummonMagic similar]] [[DisappearedDad premises.]] It's worth noting that while ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' did come out first, both games are different enough that those who ''have'' played both tend to say they're both worth playing. Oh, and since it's Gamecube vs. PS2, chalk up another one to console wars.
* Within the ''TalesSeries'', you also get small squabbles between fans of different installments. Those who say the best game is ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' get unwarranted hate for being fans of the most [[ItsPopularSoItSucks popular series installment]]. Fans of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' are often blamed for [[NoExportForYou whining about the PS3 port that never made it to the west]] - this especially grates on fans of games like ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' or ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' that never got translated at all. If you don't think ''Symphonia'' or ''Vesperia'' is the best game in the series, you'll also probably have to defend yourself, ''especially'' if you prefer the DarkerAndEdgier title ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Some Tales fans think has the best story and CharacterDevelopment by far, while those who like the lighter titles find it a [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy slog.]] Usually, however, the series averts this, as there are plenty of canon crossovers and the titles are similar enough that most fans enjoy all of them a little - there's certainly a lot less hate between most ''Tales'' fans than there is between ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' fans.
* ''KingdomHearts'' vs. ''EpicMickey''. The ''KingdomHearts'' {{Hatedom}} has flocked to ''EpicMickey'''s side for being a massive, epic Disney game without SquareEnix or Tetsuya Nomura's involvement.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' fans think ''SplinterCell'' fans are boring, wish-fulfilment-craving thirteen-year-old boys who like to look ultra-serious all the time, have no sense of humour, and aren't smart enough to understand a complex, involved and challenging story. ''Splinter Cell'' fans think ''Metal Gear'' fans are moronic, hyperactive children who wouldn't know true stealth if it crept up behind them and snapped their necks, and aren't mature enough to care about the story of a game that isn't from Japan and doesn't have a vampire in it. ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' fans tend to dislike both camps for being too stupid to understand a story which isn't spoonfed. It's kind of hilarious watching them all go at it.
** The Metal Gear Wiki has a neutral article on ''Splinter Cell''. The Trivia section for the game (which no longer exist) once mentioned that the fans of one series often dislike the other, concluding with, "It's a good idea to ignore both of them."
** The best part is that Konami and Ubisoft see it in a more friendly light. Both even cooperating to allow each other to create cameos in their games. Cameos that don't involve any shots at each other even.
* The "classic" ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' fans vs. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro The Legend of Spyro]]'' fans. Classic fans will rub off making the ''Legend'' fans look like idiots who'll buy anything while the other side says the Classic fans are immature losers who are afraid of trying something new. It can get rather ridiculous watching the fights go on, especially [[FanDumb when people start assuming things about how video games get developed and get sold]]. As of 2011 though, both sides are willing to make an EnemyMine against ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' just for its Spyro character design ''alone'' (Bobby Kotick's reputation among gamers doesn't help).
* ''ForzaMotorsport'' vs. ''GranTurismo'' for realistic racing sim domination, mainly due to both series being [[ConsoleWars console exclusives]]. Made even worse by the fact that both games, today, have official TopGear branding.
* You do occasionally run into ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' versus ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. Yes, despite being two parts of [[Franchise/WhenTheyCry the same metaseries]], there's still debate over which is better.
* ''HeroesOfNewerth'' and ''LeagueOfLegends'' are both inspired by the original ''DefenseOfTheAncientsAllStars'' mod - the former is a straight copy, the latter has a few superficial differences. Yet if you listen to their respective fans on the forums, ''[=LoL=]'' is ridiculously easy to master and only for kids, is too different, the items are boring and the graphics suck; and ''[=HoN=]'' has a terrible user interface, unintuitive gameplay, is not different enough, the items are boring and the graphics suck. Arguments like 'the automap is on the wrong side of the screen' and 'the item icons are ugly' are not uncommon. Very little effort is spent explaining the reasons why their favourite game is good as opposed to why the other game is trash.
** With more [=MOBAs=], like DOTA 2, coming out soon, this rivalry is starting to shift to the new contenders as well.
** Indeed, while [=LoL=] and [=HoN=] might previously have been the heavy hitters in this rivalry, it might be more accurately summarized now as "fans of any [=MOBA=] vs. fans of every other [=MOBA=]".
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' vs. ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', due to both being HackAndSlash games based on the the [[FeudalJapan Sengoku Era]]. It doesn't help that fans of their respective series view certain portrayals of some characters in one series as a TakeThat to their portrayal in the other.
* A very old one that still persists among the retro community: ''VideoGame/{{Repton}}'' versus ''VideoGame/BoulderDash''. Made worse by the fact that they have completely different styles yet appear very similar on the surface, to the extent that non-fans often mistake them for clones.
* The ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' war between the Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven's Feel scenarios still hasn't boiled down. Whether it's a battle between the heroines: Rin is a strong, hardworking, independent woman vs. Rin is a cookie-cutter {{Tsundere}}; Sakura is a sympathetic, kind-hearted {{Woobie}} vs. Sakura is a boring NiceGirl FirstGirlWins. Shirou's ideals: It's impossible to save everyone, but it's beautiful to try anyways vs. ultra-dense LawfulStupid [[ImageBoards moralfag]]; It's better to realistically look at the world vs. moral relativism is for senseless 80s [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]]. The quality of the narrative: An epic and hopeless supernatural brawl vs. standard {{Shounen}} plot line; A look at the darker aspects of the Grail War vs. two weeks of people dying and badly written sex scenes. What's worse is that any argument among [[NasuVerse Type Lunatics]] tends to curve right back to where it began, resulting in an endless loop of "debate".
* Though it's more of a BrokenBase, Atlus fans can't seem to agree on whether the classic ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games or the newer games (Such as ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'') are better. Or whether ''Persona 3'' or ''Persona 4'' in general were better.
** There is also the matter of general SMT fans shying away from the P3&4 fandoms due to their ignorance of other sub-series in the franchise. On the opposite side, there are people complaining that ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' is not ''Persona 5''.
** For that matter, there's also a bit of heat between fans of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' and the ''{{Pokemon}}'' series, the debates usually ranging to accusing one side of either being [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism too dark, or too soft]]. The both of them being [[CashCowFranchise well-selling]], long-lasting {{Mons}} series, and having an undying ''love'' for spin-offs doesn't help any.
* Creator/ArtixEntertainment fans seem to have a bit of a hatred for ''RuneScape''. ''RuneScape'' fans might not even be [[UnknownRival aware of this rivalry]].
** Perhaps one of the reasons is that it's not uncommon to move from ''RuneScape'' to Creator/ArtixEntertainment (being that both games are free-to-play {{Role Playing Game}}s with a bit of comedy involved, and the resemblances are even closer with ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' now in place), and thus the old animosity that the old RS fans have carry over to AE.
* ''[[JakAndDaxter Jak]]'' fans and ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' fans absolutely despise each other, claiming one game ripped off of the other, despite the developers being good friends and business partners.
** The fact that the characters starred in a [[VideoGame/PlayStationMoveHeroes game]] together shows how nonsensical this hatred really is.
*** And in another game together as well, although they appear as rivals. Still, once again they're in the same game.
* People who buy video games look down on pirates because their piracy leads to draconian forms of CopyProtection that end up doing nothing to the pirates and only hurt the paying customers (and in some cases lead to games being cancelled completely). Pirates look down on the paying customers and think they are all complete idiots because they paid for something they could get for free.
** Another argument pirates often use is that paying for games despite said CopyProtection causes companies to feel like they can get away with anything.
* ''DarkSouls'' vs. ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are both high-fantasy {{RPG}}s that came out around the same time. The debate usually boils down to [=JRPGS=] vs. [=WRPGS=] (despite Dark Souls being styled much like a WRPG) and old school challenge vs. open world fun.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fandom gets some hate from the more general ShootEmUp fandom for not focusing on the games, and the games themselves being mechanically simplistic. When the Touhou fans actually notice, they generally respond that the other games have boring, ugly patterns and mediocre writing.
** Touhou fans have a rivalry with other similar games over the matter of which is better (and the fact that most are trying to FollowTheLeader.)
** There's also a rivalry between them and VideoGame/KantaiCollection over the matter of general popularity and the fact that various Touhou fan artists have instead switched to doing art of the latter series, irritating the former's fans. Touhou fans are fond of calling the girls in that barely characterized while Kantai fans are fond of saying Touhou is NotSoDifferent.
** Within the general shmup fandom, fans of "old-school" shooters vs. fans of BulletHell shooters and modern shooters in general, particularly those by {{CAVE}}. The former hate newer shmups for featuring girly-girl ships and characters instead of the more military- and scifi-themed visuals of older games and dismiss their high bullet counts as cutting corners. Meanwhile, danmaku fans scoff at more classical shooters for having drab visuals and being too boring to play because they don't have enough bullets on-screen.
** Within the fandom itself lies PC-98 versus Windows. Go on, ''[[BerserkButton just try and tell a 98er that]] [[FlameBait all the games before the sixth weren't canon.]]''
** Also, {{CAVE}} vs. EightingRaizing. It should be noted this isn't much of a rivalry as CAVE out lasted the latter and some of the latter's staff joined CAVE afterwards, resulting in games like VideoGames/{{Ibara}}
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' fans VS ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' fans. On the camp of game 1, people will claim that the game has a darker feel, better characters, less bugs, and doesn't have the silly amount of guns or melee weapons or new special infected that the sequel has. On the camp of game 2, people will tout that the sequel is better due to having more variety in guns and zombies, better designed levels, and more game modes to play in. Any mention over which games is better or just mentioning the infamous ''Left 4 Dead 2'' boycott will bring both camps together armed with flaming pitchforks.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' fans vs. ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' fans. This is an EnforcedTrope: to make sure ''Portal'' doesn't get a hatedom, Valve set it in the ''Half-Life'' universe, and Aperture Science (the facility in ''Portal'') became rivals of Black Mesa (the facility in ''Half-Life''). In addition, ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'' featured a discovery of an Aperture research vessel, Borealis, with Eli Vance vowing to destroy it "whatever it takes", and in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' Cave Johnson implies Black Mesa stole Aperture Science's corporate secrets and made profit of them themselves. While some fan circles do seem to get in an argument whetter Aperture Science or Black Mesa is "better", most of them became fans of both, destroying the trope.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. Both are very competently made western RPGS, both have DarkerAndEdgier settings, and both [[DeconstructedTrope explore]] a variety of mature themes, such as loyalty, [[FantasticRacism racism]], sides in conflict, and [[GreyAndGrayMorality complex morals]]. ''The Witcher'' fans argue for the game's more interesting setting, well-written story and beautiful graphics, while ''Dragon Age'' fans argue for the game's fast-paced tactical combat, more approachable and likeable characters and more polished look and feel.
** This escalated during the long wait for both series' third installment, particularly after E3 2014, both showed gameplay, but Bioware went on to reveal characters while CDPR did interviews. What happened was Bioware revealed several romances of which two were homosexual, while CDPR went on to discuss sex in games and marketing. Due to the gaming media running wild with OMGz homesexul carectahs, Witcher fans accused Bioware of being pointlessly and aggressively PC and using sex for marketing. Bioware fans argued back that Bioware has been about romance, and the Witcher 2 had a playboy article for it's marketing and has always been overtly sexual.
* ''TetrisTheGrandMaster'' vs. ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' in general. The former tends to have a difficult time playing the latter--not necessarily because ItsEasySoItSucks, but because they run into issues such as [[DamnYouMuscleMemory different (and forced) control schemes and changes in gameplay mechanics that make switching from TGM very annoying]]. The latter tends to dismiss TGM as [[ItsHardSoItSucks too hard to play]] after having watched some infamous videos on [=YouTube=]--doesn't help that the TGM series, outside of the mildly-known TGM clone ''[[http://code.google.com/p/nullpomino NullpoMino]]'', is arcade-only and [[NoExportForYou never saw an overseas release]] (and most likely never will due to some ExecutiveMeddling on both the developer's part and The Tetris Company's part).
** Games rewarding T-Spins on versus, most notably ''Tetris DS'', have been very polarizing for straying away from the original Tetris formula and de-emphasizing Tetrises. Nonetheless, there are players who enjoy playing games with T-Spins competitively.
* In [[TheBeautifulGame soccer]] SportsGame, it's ElectronicArts' ''FIFASoccer'' series vs. {{Konami}}'s ''Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution Soccer''. The former is criticized for being too ''easy'' to score a goal while the latter is criticized for being too ''difficult'' to score a goal.
** GOD HELPS YOU IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS WITH BRAZILIANS![[note]]Soccer is one of the most famous sports in Brazil and because of that, the Rivalry is even bigger there.[[/note]]
* ''{{Minecraft}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' fans shifts between this and VitriolicBestBuds. Minecraft fans have accused Terraria of being a ripoff of Minecraft, but in 2D, while Terraria fans have accused Minecraft of copying from Terraria after its release with Minecraft's subsequent addition of bosses and character development. Luckily, this war between MC and TA ended long ago with the mojang crew recommending people to also play Terraria, allowing the fandom to shift its rage towards {{Fortresscraft}} and similar games instead. It also didn't help the rivalry that, aside from a block based world, the two didn't really have anything that wasn't inherent in the blocks system in common, with Minecraft being a 3D building sim, but Terraria being a callback to old platformers and metroidvanias.
** {{Roblox}}. people on Roblox forums get banned easily when they say that MC is better, or sometimes even when they just say the word [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed Minecraft]]. They briefly teamed up to take down [[EnemyMine SOPA]], however.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' vs. ''VideoGame/TorchlightII'', the [[ScheduleSlip long-awaited]] sequel to a classic franchise and the sequel to the SpiritualSuccessor to that same franchise created in the interim, both released in the same year. While many fans on either side will recognize the merits of the other, they're ''just'' different enough that it's hard for anyone to enjoy both.
* ''InitialD Arcade Stage'' vs. ''WanganMidnightMaximumTune''. Both are arcade racers based on manga franchises that cover the topic of illegal street racing, so it's easy to see where that one's coming from.
* ''RidgeRacer'' vs. ''ProjectGothamRacing'', for the supremacy of arcade, non-kart, racing games for console.
** And, in TheNineties, ''Ridge Racer'' vs. ''DaytonaUSA''. The series's fans used to not get along at all, but the appearance of Daytona's Hornet in the PS Vita release of ''Ridge Racer'' seems to have toned down the feud.
* [[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 2 vs. The Sims 3]]
* Some people despise linearity in games, and only play {{Wide Open Sandbox}}es, while looking down on anyone playing anything even remotely linear as a child who needs their hand held the whole time so that he doesn't get lost. And the other side argues Sandbox games give the player ''[[QuicksandBox too]]'' much freedom to the point of being [[GuideDangIt confusing]], while also making it more difficult to tell a coherent story. Overlaps with AmericansHateTingle and GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff, as Japan tends to preffer linearity while Westerners preffer openness.
** It's rare but the opposition would accuse sandbox fans of the same thing since sandbox games can be played "without any real consequences" since dying doesn't actually mean much.
* Fans of Take Two's ''NFL [=2K=]'' series have had it in for ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' ever since EA purchased the exclusive NFL license and drove the former franchise off the market.
* ''{{Freespace}}'' fans vs ''Videogame/WingCommander'' fans, although both fandoms treat it as more of a friendly rivalry anymore (that there is a major ''Wing Commander'' mod for ''Freespace'' is telling). ''Freespace'' fans and ''Battlecruiser 3000 AD'' fans had a more bitter enmity, mainly due to an incident where ''Battlecruiser's'' creator made a bid for buying ''Freespace's'' license, and the resulting FlameWar.
** And you can toss fans of the ''{{X-wing}}'' series in for good measure. The fan rivalry between ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' and ''X-wing'' especially got quite heated.
*** And then you have ''{{X-Wing}}'' vs. ''TIEFighter'' vs. ''{{X-Wing Vs TIE Fighter}}'' vs. ''{{X-Wing Alliance}}''...
* Fans of ''{{Pokemon}}'' vs. fans of ''{{Spectrobes}}'' for DS {{Role Playing Game}}s. Both ''Spectrobes'' and ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' came out around the same time, inciting massive arguments about which one has better gameplay, graphics, and story.
* Within the BeatEmUp genre, ''FinalFight'' vs. ''StreetsOfRage''.
* Within the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' franchise, those who played ''VideoGame/StarFox1'' vs. those who started with ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' vs those who like ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' [[RuleOfThree vs]] those who prefer ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' [[OverlyLongGag vs]] those who '''[[FanDumb dared]]''' to call ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'' a good game, or even [[FanonDiscontinuity consider it canon]][[note]]though this particular example has actually fallen victim to CanonDiscontinuity.[[/note]] Depending on which side you are on you may or may not find that members of other [[BrokenBase base fragments]] actually team up on you.
* Most users on Steam's ''Team Fortress 2'' forums hate anything Mario or Sonic. Just ''the mere mentioning of them'' will cause users to go into a frenzy. Website/YouTube and DeviantArt [=TF2=] fans don't mind Mario or Sonic, though.
** Rather odd as the users of the Workshop show heavy support for having the Mario-expy hat in the game.
* Much like the ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' example above, ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' has rivalries between people who accept all of the games, people who like everything up until the Radical Entertainment games, people who ''hate'' anything post-Naughty Dog, and people who like the Radical games but don't like the rest.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' deserves a mention for its fanbase's inter-medium rivalry with that of pen-and-paper TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons. The reasons for the dispute are varied and the disdain is not universal (some people [[FriendlyFandoms enjoy both]]), but common criticisms include the game not emulating the experience of a D&D campaign well enough, being too derivative of WorldOfWarcraft/other MMO's in general, having too much pay-to-unlock content[[note]]most of which can be unlocked in-game on a per server basis free of charge, but that rarely factors in.[[/note]], and so on.
* Zynga vs Kabam on Facebook. Especially with players of games like Kabam's Kingdoms of Camelot who look down on FarmVille and its siblings. "If you don't want to get attacked,go play FarmVille."
* ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlue BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger]]'' originally had a short-lived rivalry with ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighter Street Fighter IV]]'', but interestingly, this has been overshadowed by another rivalry with ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. The reason this is strange is that both games are made by the same company, ArcSystemWorks, and are extremely similar; both have labyrinthine plots, both feature fast-paced combat, both have wacky characters, both have {{Animesque}} {{Magitek}} settings, and both have [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome amazing heavy rock/metal soundtracks]]. What's worse, Arc Sys only recently got back the creative rights to ''Guilty Gear'', and only has the productive capacity to work on one franchise, making the two games in direct competition.
** The main reason the two are in rivalry with each other is the differences in mechanics. Some feel ''Guilty Gear'' had a better fighting system due to its technicalities and depth and felt that ''[=BlazBlue=]'' dumbed it down too much, while others feel that ''Guilty Gear'' is [[ItsHardSoItSucks too difficult to get into]] and feel that ''[=BlazBlue=]'''s accessibility makes it a better game. There are other things such as the guard primer system, the way barriers work, floatiness, and other mechanics that ''Guilty Gear'' fans didn't like in ''[=BlazBlue=]'', but that would require an essay to get into detail. Fortunately, it appears Arc System Works has become quite GenreSavvy about this, as for the new entry in the series, ''[=BlazBlue=]: Chrono Phantasma'', they've attempted to blend the good aspects of both games together [[WinBackTheCrowd in an attempt to win over the alienated Guilty Gear fans and keep the current BlazBlue fanbase]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' and ''Franchise/StarCraft''. Both science-fiction real time strategy games, with similar concepts among races and gameplay. Bringing up comparisons of the two games on the internet will [[FlameWar reduce the discussion to a smouldering hunk of slag in record time]]. [[WithUsOrAgainstUs Oh, and don't try to take a neutral stance either]]. The UrbanLegendOfZelda that ''Franchise/StarCraft'' was intended to be a ''40k'' game that Blizzard couldn't get the license for doesn't help matters.
* The ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' fandom has one with ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'', mostly out of a general dislike for its player culture (i.e. one which abounds with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and {{grief|er}}ing). Having the series occasionally be called a single-player ''EVE'' clone when ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' came out [[OlderThanTheyThink four years earlier]] does ''not'' help at all. It's to the point where one of the most popular mods for ''X3: Terran Conflict'', ''Xtended Terran Conflict'', made a point of leveling a TakeThat at ''EVE'' via its in-universe news agencies.
* The ''VideoGame/NetHack'' and ''Videogame/{{Angband}}'' fandoms gripe over the cryptic gameplay and inside jokes of the former, and over the slow pace and grindiness of the latter. There's also a myriad of variants of both roguelikes, and some of these variants have quite the vocal following...
* The rivalry between ''DwarfFortress'' [[SimulationGame fortress mode]] and [[DungeonCrawler adventurer]] mode is milder than it used to be; most players with a preference still find something to like about the other mode. It will become apparent when discussing one mode and including information that could only be gained from the other mode.
** Another lukewarm staredown is the ''Dwarf Fortress'' fandom vs. the ''{{Minecraft}}'' one. Those on Dorf side say that TheyCopiedItSoItSucks. Those on the Mob side say that ItsHardSoItSucks.
* All of the Xeno games have a sizable hatedom from the other 2 Xeno series. ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' fans dislike [[VideoGame/XenoSaga Xenosaga]] because it wasn't a full-fledged prequel and more of a reimagining of the Gears universe at best. Both Xenogears and Saga fans dislike ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' because it has little in common with the other Xenos and the plot and characters supposedly not being up to the standards set by the previous Xeno games. Xenoblade fans dislike Xenosaga due to being a "space soap opera" and its plot being a mess. Even Xenogears gets a bit of hate for its second disc, and almost all Xeno fans from all three series hate Xenosaga Episode 2 for its battle system.
* Creator/RetroStudios deciding to make ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' instead of a fourth ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' game reignited the long-dormant ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' / ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' rivalry. To elaborate: ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' came out in 1994 and received tremendous acclaim from players and critics alike until ''Donkey Kong Country'' stole its thunder later that same year. Today, both games are considered classics, but at the time, angry ''Metroid'' fans criticized DKC, claiming it relied too heavily on good graphics and sound but lacked any real depth as a game. ''Metroid Prime'' fans seem to think that Retro is the only studio qualified to make a good modern ''Metroid'' game (after their disappointment in the [[Creator/TeamNinja Team Ninja]]-developed ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'') and that ''Donkey Kong Country'' should be developed in-house by Nintendo (or not at all, according to some of the HateDumb) so it doesn't take up their time. Similarly, DKC fans think Retro is the perfect studio to take up [[Creator/{{Rare}} Rare's]] mantle (after their disappointment in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat'', the ''Country'' series' total absence from 1996-2010, and the critical and financial success of the Retro-developed ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''), but the more overzealous among them tend to stereotype ''Metroid'' fans as entitled crybabies and love to point out that DKC is typically a much higher-selling series than ''Metroid''.
** Interestingly enough, they seem to get along just fine when it comes to VideoGame/SuperSmashBros The two most popular requests for newcomers from each franchise, [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Ridley]] and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry King K. Rool]], are both considered to be highly valuable characters by each fanbase, with many of them poking fun at each other instead of being fierce competitors. [[BigBad It helps]] [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent that they]] [[ArchEnemy both share]] [[LargeAndInCharge plenty of]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot things in common]].
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has a lot of rivalries inside and outside the fandom:
** First is between it and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' due to the old Trek/Wars rivalry.
** Then, you have Federation players vs. Klingon Defense Force players vs Romulan Republic players. KDF and Rom players hate the Federation as they're usually seen as a CreatorsPet, Fed and KDF hate the Romulan Republic due to their overpowered ships and Fed players hate the KDF and Romulan Republic as they get ships that cloak and they don't.
** Then, you have rivalries between ''message boards'', particularly the official, Perfect World-hosted one and the official Reddit-hosted one. The PW one is looked down upon by the Reddit posters because it's devolved into a pit of wank, complaints and just outright negativity. The PW posters looks down on the Reddit one because they believe that they're nothing more than Cryptic dev buttkissers who allow the game to continue to "deviate" from the "true Star Trek game it could be"
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