It has literally (said like Chris Traeger from Parks and Recreation) been months since I last sat down for a marathon gaming session. I haven’t even picked up a controller in two months other than to play a little Wii fit with Alycia.
I’m having withdrawals.
I’m questioning my identity.
What kind of nerd am I if I haven’t played video games for months?
One of the staples of nerdy behavior is gaming. And not just playing Madden every August or signing onto Xbox Live to get some kills in Modern Warfare 3. Real nerdy gaming involves pouring hours and hours into fantasy worlds filled with ancient conflict and characters with unpronounceable names.
With that part of my nerd repertoire taken away, can I really consider myself a nerd?
Sure I can. Being a nerd is more than playing video games.
We all have different nerdclinations. Some people are Harry Potter Freaks. Other people still haven’t forgiven Fox for canceling Firefly. Still others fill their lives with every bit of Disney minutiae and could navigate Disneyland with their eyes closed.
When we layer our nerdclinations on top of each other, our nerdiness has more depth and scope. I can take away video games because I’ve replaced it with Doctor Who. You can take away comic book reading because you’ve replaced it with My Little Pony fanfic.
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