The Game of Geeks


I’m getting a little fed up with how trendy being a geek has suddenly become. Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular sitcoms nowadays. ComiCon is suddenly THE place to be for all things “cool”. Fantasy books are all the rage. Technology is hip and happening. C’mon! Gimme a fucking break. As if we’re about to forget the centuries of malicious torment people have put us through for our eclectic tastes.

Yes I say we.

I belong to an exclusive club that was formed long before man became civilized. When the monolith suddenly appeared on the rocky outcropping, we were the ones scrawling pictures of it on the cave wall while the others beat each other to death with bones. Geeks and Nerds banded together to bring forth the Renaissance. Who else would question the world being flat? We accidentally triggered the Spanish Inquisition and Salem With Hunts because people came across some of us LARPing in a fields. And yes, we united with the Nerd Brotherhood once again and brought you the Interwebs. They wanted to prove it could be done, we wanted unlimited access to porn.

We do not take kindly to people referring to themselves as geeks. The first rule of Geekdom is that thou can not call oneself a geek unless thou art christened a geek by a geek. Just saying you’re a geek gives you no credibility. Your actions and words must be deemed worthy by a geek of equal or superior heraldry. We recognize, protect and govern our own.

You must also realize that we geeks have many clans.  We can specialize in various areas but rarely more than three or four at a time. Anymore would tread upon the hallowed ground of Nerdom. A Geek-of-all-Trades is an often coveted but rarely obtainable position. Techies, dweebs, movie geeks, lit geeks, tv geeks, comic freaks, fanboys (or girls), trekkies, LARPers, video gamers, deadheads, gearheads, potheads, vampers, roleplaying gamers, bunny huggers, tree biters, non-hostile celebrity stalkers, impersonators, mimes, geographers, professional wrestlers, chefs… we go by many names.  I am an artist and a movie geek which gives me an almost archon-like position in our caste system. Though I have not achieved the rank of “Movie Geek of Epic Proportions” I strive towards it daily. Not a day goes by where movie dialogue doesn’t filter its way into my conversations. I am a quote machine and have an uncanny knack for recognizing actors before they were famous and predicting if they’ll skyrocket (Hi Jessica Alba – Remember Flipper?). My redundant movie knowledge qualifies me as a living breathing IMDB which makes me utterly awesome at parties.

Tread carefully when you refer to yourselves as a geek ladies and gentlemen. The real geeks out there don’t take kindly to your fly-by-night trend whoring. We are proud of who we are and dread having the bandwagon tip over from all of you jumping aboard. Do not sully what has taken us a millenia to cultivate. We like what we like because it makes us happy. Not because it’s cool. It’s always been that way. Always will be.

Piss off and get your own culture.

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14 responses

  1. Sadly, I am smart, but not about technical things…I fear I am just a dork…

    Wendy

    August 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    • Nah. You’re far too personable to be a dork. How about a Minor Nerd? You do have a rather prominent literary background.

      August 9, 2011 at 3:09 am

  2. Well, I am happy to inform you that I am not a geek because I do not contain nearly enough creativity to create anything cool enough to be geek worthy. With that said, I would agree with you that being a geek has become somewhat trendy but it’s only because us “non-geeks” have recently discovered how great the geek population truly is. So….without further ado…….

    “I wanna be a geek when I grow up”

    But for now, I guess I’m just a dork!

    August 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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  4. Jim

    Awesome rant in defence of true Nerd and Geekness. I approve and acknowledge you as a geek. Wear this badge with pride.

    You have awakened the nerd in me 🙂

    July 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

    • Thank you, my leige. I shall take my +10dmg Holy Avenger sword and wreak havoc upon the naysayers and charlatans.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

  5. Amy

    *astronauts
    I’m such a dork.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:28 am

  6. Amy

    I tend to classify myself as a nerd with aspirations toward geekdom. However, I think that the whole rating scale can be kinda subjective. When I am around my co-workers (who are all dorks) and I blurt out some random movie factoid or science trivia (did you know that artronauts can’t whistle in space – air pressure is too low on the ship and in the suits) they tend to call me a geek. However, when I’m with my husband and mention that the Monkees purposefully used the refrain “No, no, no” in their songs because they wanted to distinguish themselves from the Beatles who used “Yeah, yeah, yeah” he just calls me a nerd.
    Around someone like you, however, I am just a padawan. Show me the way O Great One.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    • BUT… you have a pronounced fascination with all things undead therefore you are a deadhead geek with extreme nerdal tendancies. That’d be my clinical assessment. XD

      July 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

  7. LOVE this … I just wrote an entry a couple weeks ago about my dabblings into geekdom, but if I go by this I am in fact just a beginner geek. A geek on training wheels, if you will. Hooray! 🙂

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 am

    • Ahhh a Padawan Geek. So innocent. So pure. If you are to commit to The Way of the Geek you must be prepared for hardship. With great geekiness comes great responsibility.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:50 am

  8. You are such a nerd. 😉

    July 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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