Have you ever talked to a nerd? I don’t mean someone with a “Talk Nerdy to me” tee shirt. I mean an honest to goodness, proud of their hobbies, even though they got picked on in high school, nerd. There are a few things it seems they have accomplished in their ‘Nerdness’. Certain ‘Classic’ games they have beaten. Particular anime movies/series that are staples of nerddom. Even book series that are required reading. Well, I’m sorry to say… I haven’t accomplished many of them.
Don’t get me wrong. I wear my nerd badge as a-um… well… a badge of honor. I was made fun of in high school for my love of the Pokemon TCG. I will always defend anime (in most of its forms). And if there is a beloved book series… Well that’s where I will start.
I have read the entirety of the Hobbit, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. I have listened to the Hobbit book on tape (I mean, cassette tape) literally 30 times. I will only watch the extended cut of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I still have not read 100% of the Fellowship of the Ring. I’ve only read up to Rivendell.
When the LOTR movies were first announced, I was excited to learn they were actually books. The eager nerd I have always been, I was interested to read the script before the movies came out. I got the Fellowship as a cheap paperback when the book fair came around in October 2001. This eager nerd, as it turns out, has always been a procrastinator. That fact became self-evident as I tried, frantically, to finish the book while waiting in line for the movie. I got a chapter past Tom Bombadil right before they let us take our seats.
After the movie was over, I was slightly less excited to read further but I still stuck my nose in the book. A couple of months later I realized that I was never going to finish it, so I just went on to the Two Towers. I ended up reading it and Return of the King pretty quickly but I never went back to the fellowship. I know it’s stupid but I’m kind of ashamed of that.
The fact that I’ve seen 100% of Final Fantasy VII yet I’ve never pressed the button to perform Omnishlash against Sephiroth, myself, is something I didn’t admit ten years ago. I’ve never seen the first ‘Grimlins’, I didn’t know Ready Player One existed before the movie was announced, and I’ve never beaten the original Super Mario Brothers. All this and I still claim to be a nerd.
I could tell you how many hours I played the original release of “The Wind Waker”. I could tell you about all of the Star Wars lore that I know, but these things would sound like excuses. Excuses for things that I have come to realize I shouldn’t make excuses for.
When it comes to being part of a community, I have come to realize, it is about a willingness to be open and learn as opposed to being all-knowing. Even in the face of the Trolls, it is still a truth in the Nerd community. Even though I have just recently joined it, the ‘TAY’ community has been a great part of the learning process for me. Now-a-days I am happier letting someone else educate me about the end of Chrono Trigger, rather than sitting down and spending hours learning alone. I’m still going to nerd out over the remake of Link’s Awakening, for the Switch, but I’ll let someone else play all of the Assassins Creed games. They can tell me all about them in a Let’s-Play.