Like many of you, I comfortably wear the “geek” label, as that is as good as any term to broadcast a wide range of my interests, from MMORPG gaming to video game music podcasting. I know Buffy well, had my Star Trek phase, and have been to enough conventions to know that I fit in well with that crowd.
But unlike what it seems like all of you — even though I logically know otherwise — there are aspects of geekdom of which I do not partake. You know how that is? When it seems like EVERYone else is doing/watching/engaging in something, but you just don’t, for whatever reasons. For me, it’s usually a lack of time, a shortage of money, no interest, or no one to do it with.
So today I thought I’d confess to six geeky things that I totally don’t do.
(1) Read and collect comics
Oh, I used to collect comics… back in the 1990s. I wasn’t super-regular about it, but every so often we’d grab GI Joes and X-Forces and even Archies. I think I have a small stack of Star Wars comics around here somewhere. But it never became a hobby or passion.
I know that some people are really into comics and graphic novels, but I look at them and I can’t justify spending that much money on a piece of literature that I’m going to devour in about 1/200th the time of a real novel. Plus, it kind of annoys me how often resets and retcons and all of the other confusing superhero storylines are played with.
(2) Watch hour-long shows
This is definitely a time issue for me. I just rarely can block out 45 minutes to watch anything, especially whole series. So I am hopelessly behind on Game of Thrones (season 2) and Walking Dead (season 1) and we still haven’t finished the latest season of Doctor Who. It was a lot easier to stay up on these things before kids, let me tell you.
(3) Play tabletop RPGs
Whether its wargaming or pen-and-paper RPGs, I’ve never done them. A casualty of either a lack of time or access to like-minded people. Always regretted not getting into “real” roleplaying games, but there’s always the future!
(4) Wear a lot of geeky shirts
My wardrobe used to be filled with a lot of pop culture t-shirts, but over the last few years I’ve found my tastes settling down into the bland. I much prefer solid colors and button-down shirts to the latest BAZINGA! or Jayne Cobb tees. I have a stack of them in my closet, because people keep buying me pop culture and geeky t-shirts, but they haven’t gotten a lot of wear from me. I’m not really broadcasting my geekdom with my fashion, I’m afraid.
(5) Play consoles
No, I’m not part of the “PC master gaming race” or whatever that is. I actually always felt that console players were a little more elitist in some ways, but it’s no matter to me. I simply don’t play on consoles. I don’t own one — a current one, that is — because PC gaming is more than enough for me and the Xbox and PlayStation don’t really offer anything I want.
(6) Play Magic: The Gathering (or any other CCGs)
I went through a short-lived physical Magic phase followed by a slightly longer one with the digital Magic Online, but seriously I do not have the time or money to keep up with all of that. Even Hearthstone seems like too much of a time investment, and that’s as stripped down as can be.
Back in college it used to be that if you were a geek, you were always lugging around a Magic deck for spontaneous matches. I wonder if that’s even a thing these days.