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#1 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

We are all nerdy is some way about something. Do you own it? Do you try to hide it because would think it's uncool? As I get older I find myself just not caring, not only what people think of me but what I think of other people. Hey if that's your thing go for it, but I want you to go for it 100%.

#2 Posted by Seedofpower (3925 posts) -

I read 40k novels.

#3 Edited by JZ (2125 posts) -

@seedofpower: are they good? I watch horribly creepy anime.

#4 Posted by Chemystery (214 posts) -

I own my stuff but I try to put the best spin on things. If I go to a convention or a tournament I make sure I'm clean shaven and dressed decently. I want to do my best to represent my community.

#5 Posted by wemibelec90 (1552 posts) -

I like what I like. I don't care what people think about what I like, just like how I don't care about what they like. Everyone is entitled to their own tastes, if you ask me.

#6 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (529 posts) -

I define my own sense of cool. So yes.

#7 Edited by MB (11984 posts) -

I read 40k novels.

NERD!

Just kidding. I obsessively collect Predator figures made out of nuts & bolts.

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#8 Posted by Aetheldod (3511 posts) -

I never hide my geekdom .... or nerdyness , anime is awesome , videogames are nice and metal rocks!!!!!!!

#9 Posted by TooWalrus (13137 posts) -

I wear Giantbomb t-shirts.

In public.

#10 Edited by JZ (2125 posts) -

@chemystery: well yeah, just because you collect pornagraphic anime figures does not mean you can't shave XD

#11 Posted by YI_Orange (1128 posts) -

I don't think saying that I frequent a video game forum and have star wars posters above my computer is the best way to meet new people who aren't strictly "nerds", but I'm not ashamed of stuff. It's like telling me you like to blast ICP while doing your fantasy football draft(there's nothing wrong with that, just creates an image if I don't know other things about you). People will make assumptions about you based on what they know. That said, I wear my Giant Bomb hoodie to college.

#12 Posted by Random45 (1051 posts) -

@jz said:

We are all nerdy is some way about something. Do you own it? Do you try to hide it because would think it's uncool? As I get older I find myself just not caring, not only what people think of me but what I think of other people. Hey if that's your thing go for it, but I want you to go for it 100%.

I am still really into anime and shit despite being 23 years old, and I did hide it for a while because it's still quite a social stigma to be into that stuff. That being said, I've really begun to ease up with it when around family and friends now, and I don't try to hide it or pretend that I'm not into it anymore since I figured out that if they're friends, that they'll still be friends with me despite my interests. When out in public though and I'm meeting new people - no, I will not mention it AT ALL. Even mentioning it is like a HUGE mark against you when meeting new people, and I cringe when people bring it up.

#13 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

@yi_orange: well randomly yelling things is not a great way to meet anyone.

You should probably start off with "hello, how are you?" Then you ask them what they are into, then you have the upperhand.

#14 Posted by mordukai (7133 posts) -

I define my own sense of cool. So yes.

For some reason your statement fits perfectly with your avatar. Nice going.

I have a ton of D&D material. Also, I recently went back into the hole that's called Magic The gathering.

#15 Edited by bigjeffrey (4789 posts) -

i own "anime stuff"

#16 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

I'm in a certain situation where I live in a town where I have no friends and don't know anyone. It's unbelievably hard to feel embarrassed about anything, when you don't know anyone.

#17 Posted by endoworks (273 posts) -

I don't hide it but it's like most things, I don't go shoving it in peoples faces who aren't interested. But I am proud to be rather nerdy and have no reason not to.

#18 Edited by SirOptimusPrime (1946 posts) -

I have a box of Magic cards openly visible on my shelves, alongside a pile of PC game boxes, my Harry Potter and Douglas Adams collections, and my PC part graveyard. So, sure. Why not. I won't bring these things up in conversation unless someone strikes me as that kind of person, because otherwise it's just awkward for everyone. If it happens to pop up I won't deny it.

Life isn't long enough to give a shit about these kinds of things.

#19 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

I fucking love yugioh I wish a new game would come out. Anyone here know what gaiaonline is? I've been a hugely active member of that community for over ten years.

#20 Posted by Video_Game_King (36013 posts) -

I study Japanese so I can play video games without translation. Come at me, motherfuckers.

#21 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

@video_game_king: oh come on studying another language is not something you would hide. You must have something better than that, come on.

#22 Posted by CornBREDX (4809 posts) -

I'm not ashamed of being a nerd. I think that's what you're asking, anyway.

#23 Edited by noizy (654 posts) -

I own a fleshlight. Is that nerdy? I mean, it's mascaraing as a flashlight. So, I'm not really "owning" it. No one can tell, right? I don't own a fleshlight.

I have a few classic manga. Akira, GITS, Naussica, Lone Wolf and Cub, and a few others. I have a signed copy of Perfect Blue I got when Satoshi Kon was screening his latest movie at a festival. All that is shelved with other books. Fairly inconspicuous. I don't really feel the need to admit it because I don't really have an exuberant passion about it. They are just good products amongst other "non-nerdy" products I own. My video game collection is probably the nerdiest thing I have though. Steam is bordering on 400. .

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#24 Edited by ViciousBearMauling (897 posts) -

So..... I MAY have bought the 500 dollar Blu-Ray Boxset for Gurren Lagann, and I MAY have it on a shelf for display. I don't hide it! But I don't want to seem insane, so I don't mention the price.

I also have a lot of figures. Persona, Metal Gear, Aliens, Predator, Metroid. Stuff like that.

So I do "own" my nerdy stuff.

#25 Posted by crithon (3081 posts) -

nah, I find people who get rid of stuff have less passion for life. It's not so much collecting but having a great affection for all nuisance that goes into a collection...... I just need more bookshelf for my dumb toys. I hate having to cycle things through.

#26 Posted by Video_Game_King (36013 posts) -

@jz:

Yea, it is, for quite a few reasons:

  1. When you tell somebody that you're studying a language, their first question is "Can you say something in that language for me?" It's really fucking annoying, especially when you have to tell them that there's more to a language than just speaking it.
  2. Telling somebody you're studying Japanese for video games is a good way to get your teeth stomped in for being a weeaboo piece of shit. Hell, I'm pretty sure there's at least one person here who would do just that.
  3. Some other shit I'm not remembering right now.
#27 Posted by ripelivejam (3541 posts) -

@everyone

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#28 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (612 posts) -

I've been wearing my GiantBomb hoodie to work on casual days with it being as cold as it is, so yea I don't have a problem with it.

#29 Posted by soulcake (250 posts) -

@myniceicelife: and then you have those people staring funny thinking you support some kind of terrorist website its amazing. :D

#30 Edited by YI_Orange (1128 posts) -

@jz said:

@yi_orange: well randomly yelling things is not a great way to meet anyone.

You should probably start off with "hello, how are you?" Then you ask them what they are into, then you have the upperhand.

Brilliant. Then I can condemn them for whatever they like first!

Basically what I mean though is that I tend to tone the nerdiness back unless I know(or think) it'll be received well. Though I guess that could be said about pretty much all aspects of being a person. So then I guess it depends on your definition of "owning it"

#31 Edited by Generic_username (591 posts) -

I play Magic: The Gathering and have no shame about it, but I don't bring it up when I'm meeting new people. It comes up sooner or later, and I just give them a "I don't give a shit what you think about it" look, and most people don't end up caring if they know you don't.

I also play a fuckton of video games, and am a huge Zelda fan, and no one cares. I don't like, go out of my way to flaunt it or anything, but I'm not going to hide it. I don't really want to hang out with people who are against the idea of having a nerdy hobby. I just find those people incredibly hypocritical. Being so into football that someone liking a team that you don't becomes something that pisses you off is just as bad as liking a console that much. I don't care what it is. You could be really into a popular TV show, I don't see a huge difference between that and being into "nerdy" stuff.

So, yeah, I rock my nerdiness. And for the most part, nobody really seems to think it's lame. If they do, I have cool hobbies to back me up too, though. I guess being into MORE than just dorky stuff does help.

#32 Edited by HatKing (5821 posts) -

I lease.

#33 Posted by ervonymous (1297 posts) -

40k novels, framed video game posters, manga, MTG, some figures, T-shirts, wanna fight about it?

@random45 said:

When out in public though and I'm meeting new people - no, I will not mention it AT ALL. Even mentioning it is like a HUGE mark against you when meeting new people, and I cringe when people bring it up.

I worked at a hospital for a year and talked about metal, games and general nerdy shit with a couple co-workers, and with three days left on my contract one of them finally slipped and mentioned marathoning anime. I felt pathetic for hiding it to somehow save face, even after we'd talked about him trying to race for the WoW Cataclysm level cap on release day. Nothing changed, we just had more to talk about. Since then I haven't been so quick to judge and use a cross-dressing high school boy avatar on a forum on the internet.

#34 Posted by Brendan (7687 posts) -

I don't have any next-level nerdy hobby's to hide. The nerdiest outward thing about me are my GB t-shirts and I wear those all the time.

#35 Posted by Roomrunner (791 posts) -

I kind of resent the idea of identifying myself as a nerd, like as a personality trait. It'd rather just be known as a nice person that is enjoyable to know and be around.

I've always been lanky, with bad hair, and very poor vision (thick glasses), so looking like a nerd is something I've never escaped from, even when I was trying to be a skate punk in high school. Luckily, being a bit nerdy has become trendy, so I get fashion complements for my glasses; where in 1999 I was getting "You like Operation Ivy? I thought you listened to Mozart or something."

So aside from always looking like a nerd (or hipster now a days), I only reserve inviting people into my videogame bubble that give a damn. I don't shy to discuss videogames, but don't try to any more often than I would music & film. When it comes to posters, t-shirts, and stuff on my bookshelf, I like to keep away from what's too direct. I like something that I personally know is special to me, but to the public it's just a cute piece of art that someone doesn't have to "get" to appreciate.

#36 Posted by Poonz (127 posts) -

I have a bunch of anime, star wars collectibles, pretty sizeable comic book collection and other nerdy type stuff. Most people wouldn't think to look at me that it's what I'm into but, whatever. I like what I like and if you got a problem with it I have a problem with you.

In all seriousness most of time I don't mention it and the people that know me, know what I'm into.

#37 Posted by Seedofpower (3925 posts) -

@jz said:

@seedofpower: are they good? I watch horribly creepy anime.

Yeah, I love them. There are a few short stories online somewhere or you can read one of the wikis about one of the factions if you are interested or play Dawn of War 2. I suggest getting a feel for the fiction before buying a novel.

#38 Posted by pyromagnestir (4246 posts) -

I was gonna say no but...

I wear Giantbomb t-shirts.

In public.

I do this pretty frequently. Well, only the member shirt from 2011 or whatever. The Patrick hot dog shirt I bought, I don't know that I like how it fits.

Actually I should wear the fucking Patrick hot dog shirt...

I also wear this one:

But mostly I don't feel comfortable advertising any aspect of my personality, whether nerdy or not.

#39 Edited by believer258 (11637 posts) -

I don't have a problem telling people that I like video games and anime, but I don't wear it on my sleeve.

As for outward things that display my interests, I don't really have any. If the only thing I can do with a thing is look at it, then I generally have zero interest in it even if it is related to something I like.

#40 Posted by BaneFireLord (2909 posts) -

I make a deliberate point of being open about it. Since my "nerdy" (a word I really hate, by the way) pursuits form a major part of my personality, to not openly present myself in that fashion would, to me, feel like putting on a false front, and that's no way make meaningful connections with people.

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#42 Posted by Sergio (2050 posts) -

I'll wear anime, video game, and other geek-related shirts at work.

#43 Posted by wjb (1638 posts) -

I think it's normal for adults to not care about that sort of thing.

I am not ashamed of who I am, but I don't particularly broadcast my nerdiness to everyone. This culture of people constantly trying to prove their dorkiness to others is a drag.

#44 Posted by NegativeCero (2976 posts) -

I don't have much gaming shirts or anything that would announce my nerdiness. But I'm not shy about talking about games or whatever if I know another person shares the hobby. So I guess so.

#45 Posted by maxB (289 posts) -

I don't like to shove it in people face but it's not a secret

#46 Posted by Chemystery (214 posts) -

I like wearing clothes that are subtle references to games. Like I have a shirt that is "balamb garden" but written in a college t-shirt style font.

#47 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

I don't go out of my way to talk about it nor do I wear it on my sleeve as some kind of pride thing. If a conversation comes up and its relevant then I will talk about it. I have never given a fuck what others thought of me and as an adult I somehow managed to care even less so. It all depends on the situation and the group I'm in though on whether or not I bring it up. I actually enjoy it when people give you the dirty looks when you say you like something they think is dumb because it's an easy way to know who to avoid.

If you think talking about video games/sci-fi/anime can be awkward, try talking about being into D&D. That will get you dirty looks and cold stop conversations like no other. I have had people treat me like a leaper when they found out I played D&D. That game has such a stigmata around it as being this crazy taboo thing even in this day and age.

#48 Edited by DeadpanCakes (796 posts) -

It's not so much that I shove it in people's faces, but I've never felt the need to hide it. It's just that most people I interact with are equally nerdy. Not 'cause I feel the need to be accepted/to fit in/to be perceived as cool, but I just happen to get along with people who share my interests. Or are, at the very least, understanding of my weird quirks.

#49 Posted by Random45 (1051 posts) -

@jz:

Yea, it is, for quite a few reasons:

  1. When you tell somebody that you're studying a language, their first question is "Can you say something in that language for me?" It's really fucking annoying, especially when you have to tell them that there's more to a language than just speaking it.
  2. Telling somebody you're studying Japanese for video games is a good way to get your teeth stomped in for being a weeaboo piece of shit. Hell, I'm pretty sure there's at least one person here who would do just that.
  3. Some other shit I'm not remembering right now.

To be fair, learning a language simply for video games IS kinda weird, but I don't think anyone would want to stomp your teeth in. Hell, if it didn't take 10+ years to become fluent in a language, I'd go ahead and do the same exact thing! Though in my case, I'd do it so I could watch anime without subtitles, that would be really damn awesome. Though if you knew Japanese, that would mean you could import so many untranslated games over, and read VNs without having to wait for a fan translation... That would be pretty awesome.

Also, is it really that annoying to speak a different language? I know some Spanish, and all I would say is 'How are you?' or something simple like that. Granted, people never ask me if I speak another language, so I guess I don't think it's annoying since it never happens.

#50 Posted by PandaBear (1303 posts) -

I pay for a membership to a video game website that I have over 1000 posts on the forum for.

Yeah, I own some nerdy shit.