Wait, when did that happen?
What is a Nerd? Well, since I married a Geek, I have a pretty good definition, supplied by said geek. Nerds are passionate about a small group of things and are quite often introverted. Geeks are passionate about lots of things and are often extroverted.
There is such a bad stigma on the word, Nerd. It is almost as bad as calling someone a jock, slut, jerk or loser. This is a case of stereotyping and judging a large group of people on a smaller, but more prominent, subgroup. I am not a “pale kid,” dungeon dweller, egg head or anything like that. Not many people are. Yet that is what we envision when we hear the words nerd or geek.
I did not really consider myself a nerd or geek until recently. It is my spouses fault really. He is a huge geek, self admitted. Dungeon’s and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, console games, PC games, history, cars, guns and law; they all seem to fascinate him and he knows a lot about a lot. I think that my narrower scope of interests, art, RPG style computer/console games, web design, books and, the coup-de-gras, I like to be at home, has let him dub me a nerd. Much of these were not even a huge interest until I met him and let him get me involved in things like PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) or ECCC(Emerald City Comic Con.)
I was not always a “nerd” though, I think I have always been a bit on the geeky side. I like books, so sue me. I think the nerdy trend happened in my teen years. I live in the middle of nowhere. No TV, no radio, nothing but fish, books, and video games. Isolation in those important years altered my personality and kept me from being a cheerleader (for which I am happy about.)
I ran through the small local library first. I even read the self-help and how-to books. Then I got to work on some video games. The first one I remember liking (enough to remember its name even) was Crusaders of the Dark Savant. It was hard and had pretty good graphics. The first video game I purchased (almost all on my own) was Final Fantasy VII ($90 CAN.) I had loved FFIV so much I wanted to buy one of the games (both are on my top 5 list of fave video games.)
You will notice that there is no mention of board games or card games. I am not that lucky or skilled to play these and win a fraction of the time. I avoid these due to the low chance of wining, losing all the time is not fun, nor is it educational. I remember I once won Monopoly, that was over 15 years ago. I gloated for a whole day.
I have to say that I love the Nerd/Geek culture. The intelligent and inside jokes, silly actives and the wide variety of skills members have. There is even a really significant female subculture within. I get to be a geek girl and do the things that I wanted to do as a teenager. Colors in my hair and googlie eyes on my nails. Being a Nerd is not all bad 😉