I was hanging out with my buddy and we were talking about Rogue One. He's seen it four times, I haven't seen it once. I'm not excited about it. I haven't felt the need to rush to the theatre to see a Star Wars movie since Phantom Menace and I wasn't super into Force Awakens because I'd seen that movie back in 1978. We talked about this for a bit when Scott says to me, "Well, you're not a Star Wars guy."
Wait a minute.
My earliest childhood memory is sitting in a car seat in a drive in movie theater in 1978. I had the toys. I cried when Han Solo was frozen in carbonite. I cheered when the Rebels, led by a brave tribe of Ewoks, defeated the Empire on the forest moon of Endor. I friggin love Star Wars.
But do I?
I haven't purchased a Star Wars toy since 1984. I haven't read a single Star Wars comic since Mary Jo Duffy was writing them. I've never read a single Star Wars novel. I haven't liked a Star Wars movie since 1983.
Post by abkfrombozo on Jan 12, 2017 11:36:11 GMT -6
This is so funny - I love it. For me it was the zombie craze. I couldn't give two shits about The Walking Dead, comic book or TV show. I've got friends who will shut down when I tell them this but, for whatever reason, it just never got me going.
Post by joepatrick on Jan 12, 2017 13:24:48 GMT -6
I'm not really a gaming nerd. Don't get me wrong: I've always loved playing video games, but I play through them casually, in my own time, usually alone - and I fudgin' hate most (not all) multiplayer games. I never got into fancy board games like Dominion, Catan, and whatnot. I don't give a shiz about card games like Magic. I have some experience with D&D, thanks to the keen game mastery of woollytoots , but that's always been more about hanging with my buds than playing the game for me.
I didn't really have any nerd friends growing up, so most of my nerdy habits were solitary pursuits. And outside of the LCS and the THN Media Empire, that's how I like it.
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Post by BlackScorpionIII on Jan 13, 2017 8:19:52 GMT -6
Like anthony , this scenario has played out with me across all of my nerd interests. It begins with my first and most deeply held love, Robotech. I was heartbroken when Season 2 never aired. I sat with my finger on the record/pause VCR buttons 5 years later when it replayed. I drew all the characters. I recorded all the songs off of the TV set and listened to them on loop. I wanted to learn an instrument just so I could play along. ...but did I appreciate the "original' materials that Robotech was made from ? (Macross, Southern Cross, Mospeada) Did I have any desire to go to conventions? Did I geek out over the Shadow Chronicles and pretend like it was a satisfying followup? Did I buy up the contactable busts and toys? I did not do any of those things. I have a strong affinity for Robotech, but not all things that invoke its name.
I started playing Magic in 1994. My dad was a real collector of things, particularly if something involved wizards and such. He was buying Magic cards and would give me his doubles in case people at school were playing. I enjoyed it. I had a fondness for making decks that continues today. ...but do I buy the best cards? Do I go to constructed tournaments? Can I name any competitive player or champion since 1994? Not at all. And I think the game is significantly less fun when playing with people that do.
When I was 11 years old I started reading Dragonlance books. Loved them. I just looked at the booklist and counted 21 of the books that I read, probably within two years. This was probably my second love (-Robotech being the first) where I would invest my time and thoughts. About 15 years ago I had roommates that loved Dragonlance. When they told me about their favorite characters, I had absolutely no idea who they were talking about. They could rattle off a dozen characters and I was clueless. I also didn't know any of the Dragonlance authors they were talking about. It was weird.
I've read comics all my life. I've been an avid Flash fan for most of my life. I'm now accustomed to being out of the loop when it comes to comics and Flash. THN is the only thing that keeps me informed, to be honest.
In all of these examples, it's not the case that I'm ambivalent about these things. A lot of time and emotion has been wrapped up in them over the years. And I strongly suspect that I appreciate these things a lot more than the most vocal fans. But there's a lifestyle and identity that some fans take on which involves meticulous fact-checking, ravenous buying, and an urgency to commune over these things. I'm not that kind of fan. If there were no Internet to track stories with, if there were no product being made, and if there were no other people in the world, I am curious whether those fans could appreciate their nerd affection. This is not a knock on that kind of fan. I'm just someone that had these solitary encounters with my objects of nerd affection without interactions with a larger community or guarantee of those objects being created through time.
..anyways, that's my explanation of what kind of nerd I am. Here are the nerdy things I like: Robotech Pro wrestling Debate Music (60s garage, anything Bomp! Records-like, 70s Punk/New Wave) 80s cartoons Fellini movies Magic It's fair to say that I know a lot about these things. I don't know that I'm financially invested in them, though. At one time or another, I probably invested way more money in these things than I should have.
...these are things I might like, but am not a nerd about: I also like Star Trek, I appreciate the first round of Star Wars movies, and there are a few Doctor Who episodes that I really enjoyed (-many were "just fine"). I like D&D but don't like a lot of friends when they play it. I watched a lot of anime in my day, but find most of it awful, some of it acceptable, and some are the best things ever. For all of these items, there's stuff I like, but nothing I seek out. I would never claim to be a fan or nerd of these things.
Well, I AM a Star Wars nerd. A huge one. Movies, cartoons, books, comics, soundtracks... I can even find things to defend in the prequels (a talent few possess). I also nerd out hard on '90s cartoons--specifically the awesome Warner Bros. ones like Batman: TAS and Pinky and the Brain. I worked for a rock radio station for about 7 years in my 20s, so I have a head full of nerdy music knowledge, as long as you don't ask me about anything that happened before 1964 of after 1999. And I can rock the house at Buffy trivia.
I didn't come into comics until I was a grown-ass adult in 2011, so even though I now love comics and comic-adjacent things (like podcasts featuring a bunch of nerds in a sex dungeon somewhere in Nebraska) and have read a lot of the "classics", I don't have nostalgic nerd love for old comics like many of you do-- loving things as an adult effects you very differently than things you loved as a kid. And I've never been into video games, unless we're talking about MarioKart 64 (the correct answer to the questions "What is the best video game ever?" and "What game made you hate your friends the most?"). Also, despite my Star Wars obsession, I can't get into other sci-fi-- I watched some Star Trek: TNG in the 90s, but that's about it-- or fantasy, like LOTR or Game of Thrones-- all that stuff about what kingdom is where and which guy rules which realm, and this realm is full of dragons or monsters or hobbitses or zombies or whatever-- it's complicated. Congrats to anyone who finished the GoT or Wheel of Time books and retained the information. You are most likely a genius.