"Bronyism's... gone? And now you have the timeline?
— Dragonborn on Nyx's takeover of Bronyism
The need for geeks to have things be the way they always have been permeates their existence. It is not simply a desire to never see anything change, it's a point of view that simply refuses to acknowledge the existence of time altogether. A side effect of this is the way that geeks can take anything that's marginally amusing and run it into the ground until it's beyond unbearable. If something was ever funny to them, then it's always funny, and it always will be. It will never get dulled by time because everything exists in a perfect static bubble.
New beginnings are problematic for geeks, but so are endings. The concept of a story ending, an arc completed, a tale told, is disturbing, because it involves there being a telling at some point and then not a telling at another point, and how can this be? So for geeks, the show must always go on, ad nauseam. There must always be a sequel or prequel or spin-off or something that ensures that this universe and these characters never "die" simply by having their story come to a conclusion. Is it better to burn out or fade away? For a geek, it's best to have your near-lifeless corpse made into a marionette so you can continue shambling your way through yet another story for them.
It has been said that geeks are fueled by nostalgia, but that isn't completely true, because that term denotes a desire to reflect back upon the past. Geeks simply can't conceive of the past at all. For them, the way things were when they were twelve years old isn't just preferable, it's all there is. Having anything contradict that reality is painful to them.
Give them fantasy and give them the future, but don't change anything they already know because geeks LOVE the status quo.
"The Status Quo", Stuff Geeks Love
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN
Wait! Donít kill me! I need to bleed onto my yellow smiley face button at an awkward angle so that the raging Watchmen fanbois in the audience are placated.
"I think I might have gone insane during my childhood if it wasn't for Pokemon, but the new one is fucking shit. I'd like to meet the cunt who thought a bag full of rubbish and an ice cream cone are good ideas for fucking Pokemon."
"After losing your girlfriend to a tragic accident, you decide to start dating her cousin. This cousin reminds you of your ex-girlfriend but, very quickly, you realize that she is not enough like your deceased ex for your liking, so you start pestering her to dress more like her dead cousin, talk more like her dead cousin, and generally behave a lot more like her dead cousin. When she resists, you get angry and begin harassing her incessantly, stalking her online and wishing her dead as well."
And its seems ugly, but it can get worse, 'cause even a blueprint is a gift and a curse, 'cause once you got a theory of how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first, and I'm not a robot. I'm not a monkey. I will not dance, even if the beat's funky. Opposite of lazy - far from a punk. You all ought to stop talking. Start trying to catch up, motherfucker!
Linkin Park addressing their fans who want their Hybrid Theory sound back in When They Come For Me
Hardcore fans of Hellblazer will hate Constantine for not being an exact copy of the comic. Then again, Brazilian hardcore fans of Hellblazer probably don't fill a van.
— Brazilian magazine SET, reviewing Constantine
"The second issue of MAD goes on sale on December 9, 1952. On December 11, the first-ever letter complaining that Mad 'just isn't as funny and original like it used to be' arrives."
Desmond Devlin, in a fictionalized history of Mad magazine
"Also it's different, and I don't like things that are different."
"If you look at it from a fan stand-point this just isn't a Final Fantasy game, because they changed too much. Again, I like change. I like innovation. But, when you change too much, it becomes unrecognizable as a game in the series, and people get mad. When you go overboard trying to reinvent Final Fantasy, it stops being innovation and becomes, well... BETRAYAL! Betrayal."
Your favourite character has been "promoted" and (they hope) forgotten; your second favourite character's role has been considerably reduced and his characterization changed; the people who look like you have either been made into a caricature or removed from the bridge altogether, and stuck in unattractive costumes as well (I know that's the division color. I'm sorry, but mustard is simply not a good color on black people). The weight of the show has been placed on an occasionally cute but minor character; the writers aren't doing anything with the two remaining characters, who get less interesting as time goes on - and there's a baby on the bridge where an adult should be. Given all that, might you not maybe possibly be just a little, tiny bit upset?
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Traditional American proverb
"Why? Why would you take a fucking Banjo Kazooie game, one that we have been waiting for for years, and make it about fucking LEGO CAAAAAAAARS!?"
"What happened to the penguin cameos? Damn you, Nintendo!"
I can't believe it! I'm actually going to play the game of my dreams! An embodiment of my childhood! Pipe bombs, pig cops, rechargeable shields, strip—waaaaiiit. RECHARGEABLE SHIELDS? Change to MY nostalgia? UNACCEPTABLE!!
— Leo, VG Cats
BETRAYAL! Betrayal! Betrayed me! This game suuuucks! It has nothing to do with XCOM! NOTHING! NOTHING!
Holy crap, they talked! They actually talked!
The apocalypse has finally begun, pigs are flying, Satan is skating his way to work, and I'm pretty sure I just became a monkey's uncle.
Unbelievable, I mean just unbelievable. The one rule that you never break, and they broke it in the first 10 minutes. I mean, isn't that like one of the 10 Commandments or something? Thou shalt not lie, thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife, Tom and Jerry don't Talk.
But wait, it gets worse! Not only can they talk, but they can also sing! But wait! It gets...worse! Not only do they like to sing, they like to sing about how they don't like chasing each other and how they enjoy being friends!
— The Nostalgia Critic, Tom and Jerry Movie
You can't just change... You can't just change it, okay? Change is not good! Doesn't matter what Taylor Swift sings about! It's a bad thing!
— NuttyMadam on the changes made to Breaking Dawn's ending.
The more things change, the more they suck.
As a rule, man is a fool.
When it's hot, he wants it cool.
When it's cool, he wants it hot.
Always wanting what is not.