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"Bronyism's... gone? And now you have the timeline?

Brb suicide."
Dragonborn on Nyx's takeover of Bronyism
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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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
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 JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN

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 Wait! Don’t 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.

(bleeds)

Okay, ready.

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 RABID FANBOIS

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Boo. The blood splatter is four degrees off.
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"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."
—Joseph Mallozzi, executive producer for Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe, on fan reaction the latter in the context of the former two
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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
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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
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"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
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"Also it's different, and I don't like things that are different."
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"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."
The Spoony One on why fans hate Final Fantasy X 2
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"Rechargeable shields?! Change to my' nostalgia?! Unacceptable!"
Leo, VG Cats
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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?
Textual Poachers, by Henry Jenkins gives us a more sympathetic view of this sentiment, quoting a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan called Junius.
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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Traditional American proverb
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"What happened to the penguin cameos? Damn you, Nintendo!"
Elder Xelpud, La-Mulana (apparently complaining about Smash Ping Pong)
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