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The Geek Of Things

Over the last year and a bit, Tim and I have argued hard over the one subject that really divides us. One of the subjects anyway, we argue a lot, usually once a week over the Top 10’s but I’m getting sidetracked.

What makes a topic geeky?

We’ve covered subjects from tabletop games to pro-wrestling, and every genre of film, game and even dabbled a little into music, literature and technology. I even accused a former employer of mine of geekiness on the subject of football (during my interview, thanks for the job John) because he could probably go as in-depth on the subject as I could about Dungeons & Dragons.

Through the long hours of debate and pointless name calling, we’ve come to a fairly broad but satisfactory understanding of what makes a geek thing geeky, and more to the point, what about loving it makes us geeks.

Fundamentally what defines a geek is the difference between us and “the cool kids”. It’s not so much that we like different things, but it’s our willingness to get far too excited and passionate about them. Cool is easily defined by a general disinterest in any one thing, or in anything at all, even if that disinterest is only expressed and not truly felt.

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But when a geek or a nerd finds something that they find interesting they dive in with both feet first. We do the research so that we can talk about it for hours, we absorb every piece of media, and grab every bit of merchandise we can get our greedy mits on until there’s very little left of ourselves and we are only an extension of “the thing we now love”. Right up until we find a new thing.

Oh we never let go of the old thing, we just repeat the process until we’ve absorbed something else, and again and again building up a collage of passions and an encyclopaedia of knowledge that embed themselves on our personality, and shape the way we view and interact with the world. That’s not to say that our personalities are exclusively made of the things we love, more that our personalities inform what we choose to imprint upon, and as we imprint we accentuate ourselves.

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In our occasional series Geeking Out Hard we go all out describing whatever it is we’ve gone completely mental over at the time. In these happy few pieces you can read all about whatever favourite subject was, but in that you can also see clearly the kind of passion I’m talking about.

So I put it to you, dear reader:

What makes a geek? And what makes someone cool?

And what are you geeking out about right now?

Join the discussion in the comments section down below, or on our Facebook page. Alternatively if you’d like to tell everyone about what you’re Geeking Out Hard over, you can submit an article to us HERE.

5 responses

  1. Murray Butler

    I geek/nerd out horribly over cosplay. Whenever I see awesome cosplay online I’ll end up gushing majorly, even starting to form a small collection of “awesome cosplay”.
    Kind of why I’m worried about going to conventions, pass out from the awesomeness ahead of me.

    It’s mostly video games I nerd out over, specifically Pokemon, I can talk for hours about all the complexities of the battle system and how deep the mechanics actually go and the exploits I’ve had in messing with them.
    You can really geek out over anything though, it’s usually when you can name things in relation to the subject without even needing to think about it, and in the case of more nerdy and geeky subculture of things, using obscure references when talking to people who would have no idea what you’re talking about.

    Essay comment is essay, but yeah, what I think.

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    September 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    • I was half asleep when I wrote this, I forgot to bring it back to that original point. Ultimately it doesn’t matter what you love, it’s how you love it that makes you a geek.

      And hey, if you ever want to turn that essay comment into an article we welcome submissions with open arms. Glad to see someone else here who sees geek and nerd as interchangeable.

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      September 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    • Funny you should mention Pokemon! Last night, I wound up booting up Pokemon Yellow and found a hilarious thing you can do in the start zone. It crashes the game before you get out of pallet town, but y’know what? It’s funny enough. If you ever get a chance to, look for the lady who walks around outside and keep walking into her. You want her to go into the grass. You need her to go 2 up into the grass and she needs to be on the left hand side…

      When Professor Oak gets you when you go up, your character is out of sync and you’ll end up walking -into- the buildings wall… And game crash :)

      Ahem ._.; I had to share that.

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      September 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm

  2. Love your definition of it! And well, guess what: Pokémon *giggles*

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    September 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm

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