Posted on August 22, 2019
Nerdy Gamer Girl – The Beginning
I spent most of my life “pretending” that I wasn’t a geek or nerd. I grew up in a generation where playing video games was only for rainy days, and only if you could afford one (they were a luxury “toy” at the time). Gaming wasn’t a thing and you weren’t cool if you played video games. The terms “gamer” or “nerdy gamer girl” were definitely not used, and E-sports were just a baby.
It wasn’t until later in life that I would start to realize how much of a geek/nerd/gamer I really was.
Nerd or Geek?
I often wondered what category I would put myself into:
1. Nerdy gamer girl
2. Geeky gamer girl
What was the difference?
According to online search results, the main difference between nerd and geek is that one is an introvert and the other is more of an extrovert, usually obsessed with some sort of geek thing such as Star Trek or Warcraft.
I would assume that nerds are also into geeky things though right? I mean, are all introverts nerds? Maybe some people don’t like to go out and they don’t like geeky/nerdy things? So what does that make them? Who knows?
If you had asked me when I was younger which category I would put myself into, I would have said neither. I loved playing video games but grew up in a poor family so we didn’t have any consoles in our house. Or a computer! I know right! Crazy!
The Start of a Gamer
When I was a kid, I was a real tomboy. I very rarely hung out with girls my age. They were kinda boring, always playing Barbie’s and My Little Pony (don’t get me wrong I did LOVE My Little Pony and had many of them), but I was more into climbing trees and exploring the little forests around where we lived. It was the Free Range days and I was out and about with the boys on my Blue Angel bike.
I did have some interactions with video games at an early age. My Aunt had an Atari when it was new, so when we would get together for the Holidays, I would get a chance to play. She was also the first in the family to have a Computer. That was retro gaming before it was retro.
My other Aunt had a Nintendo when it came out. I remember spending part of the summer with her and my cousins. The 3 of us were allowed to go to the video store and pick out one game to play. We picked out “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. We were only allowed to play so much a day, and we had to take one hour turns each (to avoid fights), but we had so much fun.
As I got older I started hanging out at friends’ houses more often, and that was when I was introduced to “Street Fighter” and “Mortal Kombat”. Wow, I loved those games. We used to sit in the basement and play all day, if we were allowed of course!
And then I moved out on my own, worked, started the whole “adulting” thing, as we all do. This is when my gaming passion really started. My friend’s and I would pool all our cash together and rent the latest console and games. I would have all night gaming “parties”. It was a great time.
The Birth of a New Gaming Generation
Eventually the whole “adulting” thing caught up with me and I had kids lol. For a while my gaming took a big back seat. First of all, kids are expensive. Second, I was just too busy and too tired to play a lot. As my son got older that started to change. I think my son was maybe 2 or 3 years old and I started playing “Dark Cloud” for the PlayStation 2. Well, my son LOVED watching me play this game. Then he wanted to try to play. So I would go into the caves and kill the bad guys, get the loot, and then let him build the towns. He loved it.
When my son was 5, we got him a Nintendo 64 and “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”. This is the game where I knew I had, unintentionally, turned my son into a video game lover. We played this game together for hours on end. We still consider it a family classic to this day! What great memories!
Since then, we have always had gaming consoles in our home. I never once kept gaming away from my kids. If anything I most likely allowed my kids to play more than I should have. But I have no regrets as a parent. Both of my kids are wonderful well-adjusted young adults with a healthy passion for life and gaming.
My son, now, is a competitive gamer in the Super Smash Bros Community. He goes to tournaments (like GOML) and sometimes he wins! He is on an E-Sports Team and is doing quite well building his gaming career. I am PROUD to be a part of that! I feel like I contributed to building the next generation of passionate gamers and this is great!
Even my daughter plays video games like “Apex Legends”, “COD” and “Fortnite” sometimes. She has even played “Resident Evil 7” on the PlayStation VR! I honestly would not have the balls to do this (although she wouldn’t play unless someone was physically in the room with her, even though she couldn’t see them lol)! .
The Question Continues…..
I have seen gaming evolve drastically in my lifetime. From the Atari to the VR stuff available now. It blows my mind how far we have come. And it leaves me with the question: If everyone is gaming, does that make everyone a geek or a nerd? And I still am left with the question of which one I am?
Again, a nerd is an introvert. I am an introvert. I would rather be at home playing on my computer, working on my YouTube channel or playing games with my family, or online. I try to avoid leaving the house as much as possible.
A geek is an extrovert. Sometimes I can be an extrovert. I like going out to the local ComicCon we have yearly. I also like going to my Son’s gaming tournaments. Like mentioned above, I have a YouTube channel, so this forces me to be more outgoing, even if it is only in front of a camera. I generally only go to social events if I am forced to.
I am definitely a gamer, since I have played video games my entire life, and will likely continue to play video games until I die.
Am I a Geek or a Nerd?
So where do I fit in?
I obviously carry characteristics from both sides……
Personally I think there is a fine line between being a Geek or a Nerd. I always felt that I have a bit of both inside of me. So it was a bit difficult to choose which one I am. I guess If I had to pick one, according to definition, I would say I am a nerdy gamer girl, although some might say differently. I really think in the end, that either or is totally fine! And we all know that it takes both kinds to keep the gaming industry going.
So, introvert or extrovert, nerd or geek, keep on gaming and have fun doing it!
Let me know your opinions in the comments!
Until next time, PEACE!
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