Its an interesting time now when “nerd culture,” and I use that loosely, is accepted in general public. We are inundated with comic books and movies and video games to the point where most everyone knows who Wolverine is when ten years ago he was only known to a portion of us. However, we are jumping the gun here and unlike what Max Landis had proclaimed we simply aren’t all nerds now.
I am not calling Max out because of some grudge but his declaration on the Video Games documentary reminded me of the current attitude that everyone seems to have right now. Video games are everywhere, everyone is playing them, everyone is a gamer. This simply isn’t true, and its not because I feel being a gamer is an exclusive club and that to qualify you have to play so many hours a week. Sometimes I’m lucky if I get to play a few hours a week. What I’m talking about though is the idea that because something becomes popular everyone is immediately part of the group and we all get to hold hands and skip.
Being nerdy inherently implies you are setting yourself aside, you have a huge amount of enthusiasm and love for something specific and you simply are not part of the average group of people when it comes to that topic. I love video games, that makes me a gamer, not the skill level or the amount of time I commit to gaming every week but the fact that I love gaming. With the advent of the new Marvel movie craze everyone just assumes that we all get to be nerds now. My mother has enjoyed the new super hero movies a great deal, she is far from nerdy when it comes to super heroes. I love books, does you reading a book immediately imply that we all love books and should be together. We all know that when we get nerdy about something we are setting ourselves apart from the rest whether its video games or football. It never bothered us if our love for something was popular or not we loved it anyhow and that’s what people get wrong when it comes to “nerd culture.”
What is probably the biggest catalyst for claiming everyone is a nerd now is the desire not to be exclusive. Anyone who has ever loved anything, which is everyone, has known the feeling of being left out. Being big into comic books doesn`t usually garner a great deal of popular support. Being isolated isn`t fun and we all would like to share what we love with everyone else. Its unsurprising though that when most of us feel left out or ostracized we get excited about the idea that everyone is coming around.
The problem is this simply isn`t true. Just because your a dork, a nerd, a gamer, or however you care to define yourself that`s what makes you special. Even if its been used to hurt you or make you feel bad being a nerd isn’t wrong and there is anything wrong with you. One of the greatest things about getting older is you begin to embrace what you are more and care what people think less. If your into video games then so be it, be happy about that and if other people join you then that`s great too. Don`t feel bad for being different, what makes you different is what makes you special. Just because a lot of people have come to love Lord of the Rings it doesn`t mean I love it less or that we all are immediately nerdy for enjoying the movies. Hopefully what we do get is more understanding when someone geeks out over something you don`t care for because hey, you do it too.
Suck it internet, ill see you later.