This is a post for my “fake geek” homies.
You know who you are.
You may have been told you’re “not a real geek.”
Or maybe you just feel like you’re not.
It doesn’t matter why. Maybe you’ve never read an X-Men comic, but you love all the X-Men movies, or maybe you’ve only seen the new Star Trek movies and not The Original Series, or maybe your favourite Star Wars movie is the Phantom Menace. Maybe you couldn’t get into Adventure Time even though everyone told you you’d love it, or maybe you’ve only ever played one video game in your life, or maybe you’re a “casual gamer” so it “doesn’t really count”.
If you’ve ever been quizzed by people at cons, or laughed at for liking something different, or scorned for not liking something that “everyone likes.”
This post is for you.
Screw people who say you’re a Fake Geek. They’re wrong.
Same goes with “not a real gamer.”
Once, during a discussion I brought up the statistic indicating that 52% of gamers are female, but I was shot down by someone who said that my statistic was inaccurate because it wasn’t about “real games.” After some digging I found out that in her opinion, the only “true gamers” were people who played online FPSs.
This is total bullshit.
My great aunt is a gamer. She’s played more video games than I have, but it “doesn’t count” because she plays games like Bejeweled.
Do you play a game?
If the answer is yes, congratulations, you have successfully qualified and are now able to identify yourself as a gamer, if you so desire.
The same goes for being a geek.
Do you like a movie/video game/book/comic/something else?
If the answer is yes, congratulations, you have successfully qualified and are now able to identify yourself as a geek, if you so desire.
If you want to be a geek, then your interests and likes and dislikes don’t change that. It’s a choice. It’s your choice and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
I consider myself to be a geek. A pretty hardcore geek, actually. But guess what? I’ve never picked up a comic book. They’re just not my thing.
But I’m still a geek. A hardcore geek. And you can be too.