Can we accept that sometimes it’s not the thing/hobby/art/object of entertainment itself but the fans that ruin it before it even starts? My Little Pony, Homestuck, Justin Bieber, etc. 14 year old girls just handle fandom in the most loud, aggressive, obnoxious ways. It’s not the people actually making the stuff.
I don’t normally do this here, but I see this subject debated here a lot:
NERDS and GEEKS are always gonna argue the definitions of “nerds” and “geeks” because that’s what makes us nerds and geeks. An inherited trait of people labeled as such is an obsession with semantics or the various nuances of the things they are passionate about.
The difference between a Star Wars fan and a Star Wars geek/nerd (some might argue) is that the Star Wars geek/nerd frets over things like who shot first between Greedo and Solo or knowing every trivial element to Salacious Crumb’s back-story. A word geek/nerd gets a slight twitch in their forehead when someone neglects to use the Oxford Comma where needed. A video game fan enjoys games where a video game nerd/geek might memorize the credits screen of his/her favorite game or be able to tell you the armor locations in Mega Man X purely from memory.
So if you, as a “nerd/geek” feel yourself coming under fire from another nerd/gamer as to whether or not you are a “TRUE nerd/geek/gamer/whatever”, try not to take it initially as some sort of slight to you for your gender, fashion, or overall initial appearance. Just take the opportunity to revel in the very nature of nerdom/geekdom and fire back with a long-winded logical argument about what makes a nerd/geek a nerd/geek.
-Your friendly neighborhood, FinalAntagonist
Also, because I have the compulsion, my personal opinion is that the difference between a nerd and a geek is that a nerd is defined by what they enjoy and a geek is defined by what they know. A nerd generally enjoys things often deemed “childish” or not suited for their maturity level. A geek has a vast knowledge of any particular subject. One can be both, however.
Example: An anime nerd is someone who likes anime, a video game nerd likes video games, etc. A computer geek knows a lot about computers. A video game geek knows a lot about video games and how they developed.
But that’s just my nerd/geek opinion.