The Real Fake Fans
I’m a self-professed geek. A super-duper geekazoid. And you know what! I’m proud of it, I was proud of it waaaayyy before the advent of the whole Comic/Games-to-Movies business venture. In all honesty, I was a late bloomer in the geek culture. I spent a good 14 years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, but I found it, games, games in all its glory, not just playing them mind you. Making them, crafting them, forging them and weaving them.
Even as a kid, I was hooked on the act of creation. The need to tell a story, and I made small little inept comic books about Talking Dinosaurs and even a Digimon doujinshi. Not the naughty ones, I was only 8 for gods’ sake. I even made a paper and pen rpg as well, in fact I still have it. So yes, maybe I was not a late bloomer but just stunted in my growth to geek culturedom.
I did not have a PlayStation 1, I did not have a SNES, a Sega Saturn let alone a computer. You know what I had? A Childcraft encyclopedia compendium, a Mighty Morphing Power Ranger Megazord if you remember that, a 1/8 scaled action figure of RoboCop and LEGOs.*I actually still have them* So yes, I told stories with my toys as I’m sure many of you did. And it sharpened my mind. The movies I watched when I was a kid, oh wow, I’m not sure if that was even legal! I mean I watched Invasion of the Bodsnatchers, Evil Dead series, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Exorcist. And not to forget Tim Burton‘s Batman. I actually liked those and not to mention Adam West’s Live Action Batman. But it was the Batman: Animated Series that really just go WOW Batman is frakking awesome and you start consuming more and more of Batman’s lore.
Now at the age of 21, I’m still trying to catch up on all the geek culture I lost out on. I love the classic games that are my forerunners and I praise them for the ingenuity for their time. I love the classic movies, Citizen Kane, Jacob’s Ladder, Predator 1-2, Aliens. Now, I am even playing table-top roleplaying games like D&D and Dark Heresy. So yes, I do believe I have the right to judge the new influx of ‘geeks’ and yes I am a geek, albeit a more socially amiable one.
I really liked this post from the Bat Fan Diaries and it is so true. I mean come on… As geeks we are socially shunted, people look at me funny when I’m carrying my 6 Dark Heresy books and reading them in plain sight. I bet they have no idea what that is but it sure as hell seems geeky and they either give you the weird eye or they snicker at you. I’m a very observant person.
I don’t know… we were like Godzillas, people use to see us and they go, point, laugh and run. Now everybody is trying to jump on the Star Wars decal bandwagon of geekiness +5. It is so annoying. You are trying to shunt us from our already shunted position on the social scale. I mean is there anywhere you can throw us to? You took our place in society, you reduced our chances of having a mate and what are you trying to do to us now? What do you want? Our dignity? Our pride? Our passion? Our lives?
Sure, Iron Man 2 was awful for you, cause it had less LAZERS and PEW PEWs, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad show! It was a good movie you assholes. You do not know Ironman. You do not know KickAss, you do not know Batman, you do not know Green Lantern, you probably know Spiderman but I’m sure you do not know Scott Pilgrim. You know what I think you know? Twilight! Yea Twi… I’m sorry I can’t even bear to type it out. You see, that is the thing. You jackanapes pretend to be geeks because you are jealous of us. You are jealous of the passion we have for life, for work and everything we hold dear. The very same passion you lack. So now, you are trying to take from us the thing you cannot get. It was not cool to be a geek, but you guys are trying to make it cool so you can have a small measure of comfort for your vapid meaningless lives.
I mean, just because you play Counter-Strike or Defense of the Ancients like every day does not make you a gamer. Not in my books it doesn’t. Gaming is not just about 1 singe game you know. It is about the myriad of games out there waiting for you to pick them up before their shelf-life expires! I’ll take comics as an example; people often consume not just 1 particular series but several. Playing Counter-Strike is like playing the same game and same map over and over again…. Oh wait, people actually do that /De_Dust/. So mind you, just because you watched the latest Batman movie does not automatically earn you the achievement unlock of being a fan, though I’m sure you are as stupid as a desk fan but that is not the point.
That applies to the chicas as well; I’ve heard some chicas saying “oh I think geeks are sooo cute”. You are only saying that because geek culture is now ‘cool’ and you want a piece of that cool. I’m sure plenty of guys would totally eat it up but seriously, screw you not literally of course. I find the idea of a pretentious prick of either sex repulsive.
You see my dear socially acceptable dull minded fools. Passion is a commitment; it is a mental condition even. Passion is the fire that beats between your sternum and your spine, there is no such thing as spontaneous combustion of passion, and you kindle it from a slow interest to a raging inferno of utter devotion. When people actually feel enraged about a crappy remake of their favorite superhero, they are really enraged. They will beat the shit out of you if you even mentioned such an atrocity. That is how strongly we as a culture as a community feel about things. We get into heated debates over these kinda things, but what about you? Drinking, sleeping around, going to parties and getting STDs. So if you have any decency at all, please do not sully the geek culture.
A Concerned Citizen