Haven't gotten through all of this yet. Would like to comment on Chads take on "real geeks" or "geek cred" being about people wanting to be better
than other people or whatever.
I think with some people this may definitely be true. However, I also think there are a few other factors or thoughts about this.
First off, we all know that there has been a recent shift in our culture on all things geeky or nerdy. And due to the comic book and fantasy movies, shows like Game of Thrones and even Big Bang Theory, and other media has made geek culture kind of "in" right now. And there are some people out there who chase fads or always want to be part of whats "in," and so naturally there WILL be people who will try to emulate that culture to be cool or in, as opposed to being someone who genuinely loves gaming or comics or My Little Pony.
So what's the problem with that? In my opinion nothing, especially if some of these people end up getting to try gaming or comics or My Little Pony and maybe end up finding that they enjoy it. Hey, welcome to the fold. But some may question this and wonder if these people will still be around if or when geek culture is no longer in or cool. If they weren't here before like us "real geeks," how do we know they'll be back then.
Brings me to my second point. Many of us have been geeks since long before movies and TV made it cool. In fact many of us have suffered from bullying, and ridicule. We may have suffered "gamer shame." Hell, some of us even had to keep some of our geek activity a secret from people we considered friends and family. How many peoples were even forbidden to partake by their own parents? I know I was.
But today, that's not nearly as prevalent. And you may think, "well, that's a good thing right?" Hell yeah it is! BUT, I can understand that for some of us, we may feel like we had to go through something to do the hobby or pursue an interest that we love. Essentially, we paid our dues. But YOU didn't. You joined in once it was cool. But where were you then?
Now, I'm not saying either of these things are right or justifiable or that this is the case for everyone. It's just something I've observed and I think goes deeper than Chad's theory of people just assholes.
But, with all of that said. Some people are just assholes.
Ok...this post has turned out to be longer than what I thought it would be. Oh, well, if it's too much for you to read...you're probably not a real geek...
"...it is not enough to be aware that other people may try to fool you; it is more important to be aware of your own tendency to fool yourself."