Kenneth Udut on being a nerd.

Well, this is a fascinating back-and-forth.
I willingly accept “nerd”, from 3rd grade onwards, as a self-description of pride, first starting as a being-taunted-with-word. The movie Revenge of the Nerds came out when I was in school and I felt empowered. I was a “Whiz Kid”. At one job they called me “the guy with the pony tail” – even though I had short hair then.

Yet, when I was 16 in 1988, I declared Video Games dead and for children. I believed the articles that said it was a dying industry.

So, I started Beta Testing whatever I could get my hands on [my final game Beta Test was Doom] but I no longer played games for games’ sake.

I watched my friends CONTINUE AD&D and gaming and I thought, “Oh, dude, you should get into computers and BBS’ and Internet” and would shake my head at their childishness.

Flash forward. I was wrong.

But no complaints. I got back into games – but only one really – Minecraft, kind of an un-game, because it was the 1st game that WASN’T rehashed DOOM.

The culture around gaming? I’ve been watching it. It’s been interesting. I’ve had intersections with gamers through the years. GenZ self-identified gamers are different than GenY and GenX, and the culture is changing.

As far as “nerd”? It’s a epitaph I wear while living with honor and pride but the culture, the cons, I was always a little outside of all of that group stuff. I cheer gamers and furries alike for adherence to their subcultures of choice.

For me though, it’s plain old computer nerd. Maybe Internet nerd.

How people socialize around it? Well, it’s nice that they’re social I suppose.

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Interestingly, the use of phrases like SJW and the often *correct* usage of politically correct terminology by those who see themselves as anti politically correct, shows me that politically correct has won.

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Interestingly, the use of phrases like SJW and the often *correct* usage of politically correct terminology by those who see themselves as anti politically correct, shows me that politically correct has won.

At one time, it was a mystery language. It no longer is. Everybody can speak it, even if they’re speaking against it. Fundamental change happened.

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