What came first, the chicken or the egg? What is the meaning of life? What is the difference between a nerd and a geek? All three are very poignant questions, though today we shall be focusing on the latter one (for the curious among you, the answers to the others are ‘the egg’ and ‘the number 42’).
Although many believe that the differences between geeks and nerds are superfluous, the truth of the matter is that both are very different. Whereas a geek will happily play through a videogame with childlike whimsy, a nerd will write a letter to the FCC and complain about its ending. Here are 5 examples of super nerds caught on video:
5: Got Milk?
I remember when I was 6-years-old and I saved up my money to buy the Jurassic Park movie tie-in game for the Sega Megadrive. After finally grouping up all my pound coins and purchasing it, I took it home and popped the cartridge in the slot. After playing it for 20 minutes, I was struck with the horrifying realisation that I hated it. I then proceeded to cry.
So part of me can empathise with this lank-haired kid’s utter despair at not enjoying his first experiences with Modern Warfare 2. However, another part of me finds it completely f***ing insane that anyone could spend 17-hours straight playing a videogame that they didn’t enjoy in the first place. That’s nerd mentality right there.
4: The Red Shirt Guy
Aside from raging and weeping, another defining quality that nerds possess is the ability to ask redundant questions about almost anything. The red shirt guy asked one such question at Blizzcon to a panel of World of Warcraft developers, instantly going viral in the process.
While I have never played WoW and therefore could not possibly hazard a guess as to what in the blue hell he is talking about, I can at least confirm that neither those on the panel nor those in attendance seemed to give a flying sh*t either.
I can appreciate that Steve Jobs’ death was saddening. The death of anyone is saddening unless they’re a serial killer or one of those bastards from BioWare who RUINED MASS EFFECT. However, as I did not personally know the guy I did what every self-respecting 20-something-year-old did – I blithely tweeted about it.
But YouTube user iJustine went a couple of huge steps further and actually recorded herself crying about it while her friend looked on bemused. Just imagine that for a second. Imagine your first reaction to hearing news of the death of someone you admired being to whip out your iPhone and film yourself weeping. If alien life-forms visit Earth within the next 5 years, this is the video that should be shown to them in order to summarise our generation. I’m just sincerely surprised the video didn’t include an annotation asking me to Like it and Subscribe.
2: “It’s still real to me dammit!”
Up until John Cena introduced a wave of pre-teens into the WWE audience its demographic was typically working-class, beer-swilling men who defied stereotypes by paying to watch guys in tight shorts sweat all over each other. The guy in this video is not one of those men.
You may laugh at him, but don’t you wish that you could still believe that The Undertaker really was a supernatural being and not some guy from Texas called Mark?
1: Nerd rage in 3… 2… 1…
There was a time when ‘competitive gaming’ meant plugging in two controllers and going head-to-head in Super Mario Kart’s battle mode. Nowadays we have people called ‘Swarm’ having a mental breakdown whilst playing a sponsored game of World of Warcraft.