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2012-07-19 09:19:58 PM
this article isn't about nerds, it's about geeks. and geek culture won the second video game consoles and computers became cheap enough to make it in the average home.
 
2012-07-19 09:50:04 PM
What is with the "F fark" button at the bottom of each page. Why doesn't fark have a mascot icon like reddit?

/perhaps a squirrel
 
2012-07-19 10:59:00 PM
#1. Fantasy Geeks Were the Lowest of the Low

Were?

S if everything nerdy is now mainstream, what's the new nerdy/geeky thing now that won't be mainstream for another 20 years?
 
2012-07-19 11:00:26 PM

DeltaPunch: #1. Fantasy Geeks Were the Lowest of the Low

Were?

S if everything nerdy is now mainstream, what's the new nerdy/geeky thing now that won't be mainstream for another 20 years?


people f*cking each-other in animal costumes?
 
2012-07-19 11:21:42 PM
After reading all that I am oddly erect /and not ashamed.
 
2012-07-19 11:42:36 PM

DeltaPunch: #1. Fantasy Geeks Were the Lowest of the Low

Were?

S if everything nerdy is now mainstream, what's the new nerdy/geeky thing now that won't be mainstream for another 20 years?


brunching.com

Not even close to low
 
2012-07-19 11:53:58 PM
I wish they could put their sophomoric articles on one page and hire an editor.
 
2012-07-19 11:55:08 PM

Fano: DeltaPunch: #1. Fantasy Geeks Were the Lowest of the Low

Were?

S if everything nerdy is now mainstream, what's the new nerdy/geeky thing now that won't be mainstream for another 20 years?

[brunching.com image 850x493]

Not even close to low


It's unfortunate that a good number of those aren't correct anymore.
 
2012-07-19 11:59:14 PM
Grew up as a closeted Geek in the 80's, and agree with the article. Lying to my girlfriend so could could sneak over to my gaming group for a Shadowrun session was a low point back then, but today I can imagine she would have joined us.

Who else has boxes and boxes of Fantasy and SciFi softcovers stashed away? Wife talks about getting rid of them every year or so, no dice, which are also stashed in my office.
 
2012-07-20 12:01:15 AM
When I was a Webelo, most of our weekly meetings were spent playing Dungeons and Dragons.

/double shot of nerd
 
2012-07-20 12:01:23 AM
6. How much damage their chubby little feet cause when they step into my yard?
 
2012-07-20 12:01:28 AM
Every single supposedly false or outdated stereotype on that list is still correct. I can't walk up to a hot girl at a bar and start chatting her up about The Forever War, because non-geeks don't read actual science fiction. Comic books are still associated with the untouchables, it's only blockbuster movies that are cool, as always. Fantasy dweebs and role players are still the lowest of the low, socially, it's just that they get more PR these days, so people are aware they exist. And PC gaming is still for nerds; it's consoles that are cool and accepted.
 
2012-07-20 12:07:14 AM
I was expecting something on the workings of a slide rule.
 
2012-07-20 12:11:03 AM

BroVinny: I was expecting something on the workings of a slide rule.


or how a library card catalog works.
 
2012-07-20 12:15:35 AM

HotWingAgenda: Every single supposedly false or outdated stereotype on that list is still correct. I can't walk up to a hot girl at a bar and start chatting her up about The Forever War, because non-geeks don't read actual science fiction. Comic books are still associated with the untouchables, it's only blockbuster movies that are cool, as always. Fantasy dweebs and role players are still the lowest of the low, socially, it's just that they get more PR these days, so people are aware they exist. And PC gaming is still for nerds; it's consoles that are cool and accepted.


unfortunately if you took a game avalible for both pc and consile and made it able so the pc people would fight the consile. pc would win 98% of the time consoles only advantage is the dam button smashing games.

however command and conquer consoles will get screwed up the butt royally.
 
2012-07-20 12:16:04 AM
thomps
BroVinny: I was expecting something on the workings of a slide rule.

or how a library card catalog works.


Or that horrible noise that computers make in those ancient movies from the 80s.

/cut my teeth on 2400 baud posting to FidoNet
//while everyone else was 14.4 and above
///my weedy, yellowing lawn, off it
 
2012-07-20 12:18:40 AM
One of my best friends has a boyfriend she moved in with. They had to get a 2 bedroom apartment mostly because he has this ridiculously large collection of PS1 and PS2 video games, as well as assorted other action figures and nerdy memorabilia that just SITS there. On shelves. In an unused room. Still full of boxes of other crap never unpacked from when they moved in 9 months ago. It's all stuff he never touches and messes around with. It just takes up space and costs them $150ish extra a month in rent for the extra room!

I DON'T GET THIS.

Why own things that cost money to collect, hardly appreciate in value, and that YOU NEVER EVEN USE? All this money you're spending on rent and adding to the collection could be put toward savings! Ya know! Since our generation won't have anything to withdraw from Social Security by the time we retire!

I still think there's something wrong with a person that collects stuff like that. I'm of the opinion the majority of assets a person owns ought to have utility and usefulness. If a person owns something that can go more than a year without being thought of, it needs to be donated to a worthy cause, recycled, or sold for a profit. End of discussion.
 
2012-07-20 12:23:09 AM
These days, geek is chique, or however the fark it is spelled. It is good to not hide the fact one can code and not be ashamed.

/old school IT geek
//REVENGE OF THE GEEKS!!
///YOU GAVE US SWIRLIES, WE CAN FRAG YOUR COMPUTER
 
2012-07-20 12:26:53 AM

Tyrion's Favorite Wench: One of my best friends has a boyfriend she moved in with. They had to get a 2 bedroom apartment mostly because he has this ridiculously large collection of PS1 and PS2 video games, as well as assorted other action figures and nerdy memorabilia that just SITS there. On shelves. In an unused room. Still full of boxes of other crap never unpacked from when they moved in 9 months ago. It's all stuff he never touches and messes around with. It just takes up space and costs them $150ish extra a month in rent for the extra room!

I DON'T GET THIS.

Why own things that cost money to collect, hardly appreciate in value, and that YOU NEVER EVEN USE? All this money you're spending on rent and adding to the collection could be put toward savings! Ya know! Since our generation won't have anything to withdraw from Social Security by the time we retire!

I still think there's something wrong with a person that collects stuff like that. I'm of the opinion the majority of assets a person owns ought to have utility and usefulness. If a person owns something that can go more than a year without being thought of, it needs to be donated to a worthy cause, recycled, or sold for a profit. End of discussion.


As for the numerous video game boxes, I dunno.... but I still have things I keep for momentos, like my Rio MP300, my 386, cell phones of yesteryear and a few other things. Personal value and whatnot. I have a bookcase I dedicate to them, not an extra room I have to pay for, though.
 
2012-07-20 12:28:12 AM
if you live by no other rule, live by this one:

don't buy toys that you don't intend to play with.
 
2012-07-20 12:32:57 AM
I'll just leave this here. Nerd Anthem By Marian Call.
 
2012-07-20 12:37:40 AM
www.rachelcericola.com
 
2012-07-20 12:38:26 AM
Geeks and nerds are 2 different things.

Anyone can be a geek, all it takes is owning a gadget and liking it.

But a nerd will disassemble that gadget, correctly name every part, probably modify it to be better, then tell you about the new OS they coded for it that's more efficient.

Dorks are just people into unpopular, non-mainstream things. For example, if you know what "magnakai" refers to you're a dork.

I really wouldn't say superheroes are dorky anymore. Comic books are dorky. Every Jack and Jill has seen a comic book movie, but most of them probably don't touch comic books or action figures.
 
2012-07-20 12:40:02 AM
Still looking for a nerdy girl.
But I'll settle for someone who can understand that even though I have a rack full of Playstation games, a vintage laptop collection, an Atari 2600 and a gaming PC, it doesn't mean her vagina doesn't come first.
 
2012-07-20 12:57:33 AM

I Like Bread: it doesn't mean her vagina doesn't come first.


Oh it definitely didn't come first last night.

pa-ZOW

/sigh
//i guess that would be funnier if the girl in question wasn't fictional
///sigh
 
2012-07-20 12:58:23 AM
Echoing the "that's Geeks, not Nerds" sentiment...but also the "yeah, been there."

Had several flashbacks reading that article.
 
2012-07-20 12:59:36 AM

I Like Bread: Still looking for a nerdy girl.
But I'll settle for someone who can understand that even though I have a rack full of Playstation games, a vintage laptop collection, an Atari 2600 and a gaming PC, it doesn't mean her vagina doesn't come first.


The only nerdy girl who expressed any interest in me (here on Fark) is on the other side of the country.

BTW, I meet your rack of PS games and raise you my job at Sony Computer Entertainment.

Come on (local) nerdy girls! I get games before they are released!
 
2012-07-20 01:01:46 AM

I Like Bread: Still looking for a nerdy girl.


Also, have some Nrrrd Grrrl (bonus: chick is cute if you're into Mayim Bialik lookalikes)
 
2012-07-20 01:11:22 AM

mr smart the great: HotWingAgenda: Every single supposedly false or outdated stereotype on that list is still correct. I can't walk up to a hot girl at a bar and start chatting her up about The Forever War, because non-geeks don't read actual science fiction. Comic books are still associated with the untouchables, it's only blockbuster movies that are cool, as always. Fantasy dweebs and role players are still the lowest of the low, socially, it's just that they get more PR these days, so people are aware they exist. And PC gaming is still for nerds; it's consoles that are cool and accepted.

unfortunately if you took a game avalible for both pc and consile and made it able so the pc people would fight the consile. pc would win 98% of the time consoles only advantage is the dam button smashing games.

however command and conquer consoles will get screwed up the butt royally.


Uh, thanks for proving my point, I guess?
 
2012-07-20 01:12:46 AM

Tyrion's Favorite Wench: I still think there's something wrong with a person that collects stuff like that. I'm of the opinion the majority of assets a person owns ought to have utility and usefulness. If a person owns something that can go more than a year without being thought of, it needs to be donated to a worthy cause, recycled, or sold for a profit. End of discussion.


I spent about 15 years and $20,000 playing and collecting Magic: The Gathering.

I sold the entirety of my collection last year for about $40,000 after realizing it'll be a decade before I have a kid old enough to play with me, and it's been about 5 years since I played with my brother or dad like I used to, and if I really want to get back into it, I can always pick up some precon decks.

/some things *are* worth collecting if you're careful, and know what you're doing
//I have my doubts about that game being around for another 20-30 years
///won't feel bad if I'm proven wrong
 
2012-07-20 01:16:03 AM
You have to actually know something about something?
 
2012-07-20 01:30:31 AM

NathanAllen: Who else has boxes and boxes of Fantasy and SciFi softcovers stashed away?


I do. I had a lot of D&D, AD&D (early 1st Ed), Gamma World and Dragon Magazine stuff handed down from my brother. I added a fair bit of AD&D (later 1st Ed, 2nd Ed) and Battletech stuff to it. Manuals, modules, dice, figurines, world expansions (Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Spelljammer) and the sort. Heck, I still have my old SSI Gold Box AD&D games for my C64 and Amiga, too.

I just haul the stuff around from place to place as I move around the country. Nostalgia mostly. I haven't played a game of D&D for almost two decades.
 
2012-07-20 01:47:05 AM

NathanAllen: Grew up as a closeted Geek in the 80's, and agree with the article. Lying to my girlfriend so could could sneak over to my gaming group for a Shadowrun session was a low point back then, but today I can imagine she would have joined us.

Who else has boxes and boxes of Fantasy and SciFi softcovers stashed away? Wife talks about getting rid of them every year or so, no dice, which are also stashed in my office.


Met my wife at in Dragonlance game...stole her from the DM. Also had both of them in the Shadowrun GM I was running, which we used to announce our engagement by having a long-running NPC propose to her, in game...acted out, complete with the ring in the box.

I have a few boxes of stuff stashed away, many the my novels, since my gaming books take up most of the shelf space in the bookcases.
 
2012-07-20 02:07:14 AM

Terrible Old Man: Anyone can be a geek, all it takes is owning a gadget and liking it.

But a nerd will disassemble that gadget, correctly name every part, probably modify it to be better, then tell you about the new OS they coded for it that's more efficient.


I always thought a geek was a bit more socially adept, while nerds notsomuch. Also, nerds happen to be huge fans of Star Trek/Star Wars, while geeks notsomuch.
 
2012-07-20 02:59:49 AM

Kuroshin: Echoing the "that's Geeks, not Nerds" sentiment...but also the "yeah, been there."

Had several flashbacks reading that article.


I would say that in the past plenty of those things would classify you as a nerd.
 
2012-07-20 03:08:01 AM

I Like Bread: Still looking for a nerdy girl.
But I'll settle for someone who can understand that even though I have a rack full of Playstation games, a vintage laptop collection, an Atari 2600 and a gaming PC, it doesn't mean her vagina doesn't come first.


I'll believe it when I see it. All the nerdy guys my friends have dated were all subpar in bed.
 
2012-07-20 03:25:25 AM

thomps: this article isn't about nerds, it's about geeks. and geek culture won the second video game consoles and computers became cheap enough to make it in the average home.


That would be 1981.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-20 03:26:54 AM
I wish so-called Geek culture would just die already.

You're mainstream now. STFU and quit acting like it's a badge of honor when you call yourself a geek. Oh, and the comic book character T-Shirts and black rimmed glasses? They're shiat.Maybe if you'd worn them 15 years ago, you'd be worthy of respect. But now, you're just.following a trend, like the pitiful Hot Topic kids.
 
2012-07-20 03:36:26 AM

Tyrion's Favorite Wench: I'll believe it when I see it.


So what are you asking me here?
 
2012-07-20 03:42:20 AM

RoxtarRyan: Terrible Old Man: Anyone can be a geek, all it takes is owning a gadget and liking it.

But a nerd will disassemble that gadget, correctly name every part, probably modify it to be better, then tell you about the new OS they coded for it that's more efficient.

I always thought a geek was a bit more socially adept, while nerds notsomuch. Also, nerds happen to be huge fans of Star Trek/Star Wars, while geeks notsomuch.


Correct, mostly. Here's the official hierarchy:

Geeks: Technical minded, but capable of full social interaction, with keen interest in hobbies and pursuits that are not generally part of mainstream culture. Geeks recognize that they are on the boundaries of popular society, and are OK with that.

Nerds: Socially awkward, introverted, often share the same hobbies and pursuits as geeks. Nerds gravitate more towards fantasy than science.

Dorks/dweebs: Socially awkward, extroverted, with little to no self-awareness of how others regard them. They pretend to share interests with geeks and nerds, but don't bother learning enough about them to offer any useful contribution to group activities.
 
2012-07-20 03:53:24 AM
#1. Fantasy Geeks Were the Lowest of the Low

Still are.
 
2012-07-20 04:08:16 AM

I Like Bread: Still looking for a nerdy girl.
But I'll settle for someone who can understand that even though I have a rack full of Playstation games, a vintage laptop collection, an Atari 2600 and a gaming PC, it doesn't mean her vagina doesn't come first.


that`s your problem there. It`s the brain that comes first and it brings the vagina along as a playmate...

Gordon Bennett: thomps: this article isn't about nerds, it's about geeks. and geek culture won the second video game consoles and computers became cheap enough to make it in the average home.

That would be 1981.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 528x375]


So a nerd is just someone with more money than a geek. got it.
 
2012-07-20 04:09:51 AM
If you have not written and played your own game then you are neither a nerd nor a geek. You are a wannabe.
 
2012-07-20 04:14:41 AM
dready zim: If you have not written and played your own game

"I told you I was hardcore."

/although there is some truth to this
 
2012-07-20 04:57:04 AM
Being a nerd/geek/whatever has less to do with your hobbies than it does your ability to interact socially. The problem with so many awkward outcasts isn't because they like different things, but because they lack a modicum of charisma that might see them through most social situations. I'm not talking about being "popular" or conforming to some vanilla standard - but there are certain social rules that, if not adhered to, should at least be recognized. Failure to do so often leads to being ostracized. More than anything else, this is what makes a person a (insert high school-era derogatory clique here).
 
2012-07-20 05:04:21 AM
You know, when i was in school in the 90s (pre-teenager) my sister got me hooked on Terry Pratchett. Just as in the article, that kind of activity was frowned upon in my small town. Except no kid ever tried to bully me (more than once) cause i had the tendency to go insane and start biting ANYTHING I COULD if one of the little farks tried to touch me. They got the hint after a while.
 
2012-07-20 05:43:44 AM
No, you got it wrong. Social interaction has little to do with the classification.

GEEK = Has interest in science fiction, technology, comic books, fantasy, etc but isn't necessarily smart to be an actual scientist. Think Kevin Smith.
NERD = Just like the above, but requires actually being pants-off smart. Think of someone like Bill Nye or Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
DORK = Likes the same things a geek/nerd, but it's an actual retard. Think of half the 4chan population or that Sonichu guy.
 
2012-07-20 06:19:02 AM
Number six should be "Geek and nerd culture is mainstream now. Stop acting persecuted or like you had a rough time in life because someone made fun of your zombie steampunk Mr. Potato Man collection."
 
2012-07-20 06:39:30 AM

Fano: DeltaPunch: #1. Fantasy Geeks Were the Lowest of the Low

Were?

S if everything nerdy is now mainstream, what's the new nerdy/geeky thing now that won't be mainstream for another 20 years?

[brunching.com image 850x493]

Not even close to low


Sometimes it's nice to be the top of the dog pile isn't it? *writers brofist bump*
 
2012-07-20 06:39:58 AM
Nerds don't let fellow nerds click on Cracked links
 
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