Definition of a Geek

Or nerd or dork or whatever moniker you prefer. I’m going to list some activities and you tell me whether or not they’re geeky.

1. Sitting around with a bunch of friends playing a Fantasy game, using statistics and guesswork to figure the odds to score the most points and win the game.

2. Discussing the intricacies of different designs, going into minute detail on the advantages and disadvantages of different options and modifications.

3. Playing in an immersive MMORPG which requires questing with your friends in order to upgrade your items.

4. Regularly spending hours with friends discussing plot points and character motivations for a genre series.

Alright, time’s up! NONE of these activities are considered by the mainstream population geeky, nerdy, or dorky. They’re considered perfectly normal activities that perfectly normal people do.

1. Fantasy Football/Baseball

2. Muscle car shows/magazines

3. Farmville

4. Twilight

The strange thing is, each of these can also describe an activity which IS considered geeky/nerdy. Pokemon, case mods/overclocking/OS customization/programing, World of Warcraft, and Star Trek/Star Wars/Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Firefly/Dresden Files/Doctor Who/etc.

So tell me, what exactly is the difference between a grown man pretending he’s Tommy Lasorta trading players in Fantasy Baseball and a guy playing Magic: The Gathering?

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