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http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-06/difference-bet...

Apparently Geek is more commonly associated with the culture while nerd seems to be more associated to learning and knowledge.

Based on my experience here, I'm not sure we're geeks according to the common definition. But Board Game Nerd doesn't sound as good.
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alenen wrote:
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-06/difference-bet...

Apparently Geek is more commonly associated with the culture while nerd seems to be more associated to learning and knowledge.

Based on my experience here, I'm not sure we're geeks according to the common definition. But Board Game Nerd doesn't sound as good.


I would say geek is a better fit.
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http://xkcd.com/747/
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If you look at the chart in the Popular Science article, you'll notice that while the "#gamer" tag is the nerdiest word on the chart, it is also in the top 5 geekiest words. Clearly, based on this data, gamers are both.

Personally, I find the geek/nerd divide to be largely irrelevant, primarily because everyone seems to a different idea of what the distinction between the two are. Given the lack of consensus regarding how to distinguish between the two, I prefer to treat them as synonyms.
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You guys can figure it out. I've got games to play!
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From Dictionary.com:
nerd-an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit.

Geek-a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized
subject or activity.

I vote geek.thumbsup
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davestephens wrote:
From Dictionary.com:
nerd-an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit.

Geek-a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized
subject or activity.

I vote geek.thumbsup


Absolutely. IHMO, Geek is a positive label. Nerd isn't.
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AnnuverScotinExile wrote:
davestephens wrote:
From Dictionary.com:
nerd-an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit.

Geek-a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized
subject or activity.

I vote geek.thumbsup


Absolutely. IHMO, Geek is a positive label. Nerd isn't.


Highlighted for emphasis.
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I heard geeks and nerds share the same devotion to their hobby - their only difference is that you can't spot geeks in a crowd only by their looks...
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I love all my game-nerd game-geek buddies. I may be the most game-obsessed person I know, but, I am far too cool for those labels, I am a game-dudecool
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I vote "geek". I like to think that most board gamers aren't completely socially inept.

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Ah, that was the picture I knew I had seen somewhere, but couldn't find.

I would also claim to be a Schubert geek and perhaps even a whisky geek.
 
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This video just came out yesterday, perfect timing for this discussion:

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I am definitely a dork. How about board game fanatics?
 
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Putts wrote:
I vote "geek". I like to think that most board gamers aren't completely socially inept.



Going off this Venn diagram:

Board Game Geek - pretty much everyone who frequents this site

Board Game Nerd - subset who frequent this site, not too social/talkative, hates luck, over analyzes the rules and strategies, corrects others, gets annoyed others play differently than they should, very uptight.

Board Game Dork - subset who are smelly gamers or eat messy/greasy/cheesy foods when playing.

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I've always thought of it as something like nerds were someone who wanted to blend into society but couldn't. Geeks were people who weren't interested. I.e., nerd was a label which someone got as a result of other people's actions; geek was a label which someone gave themselves.
 
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Part wants to say geek since that's what I classify
myself as, but I've been to a few game auctions at
local stores and it's overwhelmingly nerd.
They were almost like poorly drawn caricatures of
nerds from Saved by the Bell. I guess it matters
on the reasons that people play. If it's social,
thematically obsessive, etc. Point being, there
are gradations of why people are here and as a
consequence we can't just think in terms of absolutes.
We are as diverse as the classifications themselves.
All are probably applicable.
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Also this is awesome:

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Putts wrote:
I like to think that most board gamers aren't completely socially inept.

You wish.

heck

I wish.

If they had more social skills we wouldn't be drowning in low interaction games where prime design objective is to protect gamers against each other.

Slyght wrote:
This video just came out yesterday, perfect timing for this discussion:
Dang, seems like I'm a geek between all the nerds. When hipsters came out I had 10 kg too much to fit in, but then I lost them. Now I fight the urge to grow a moustache as I'm just to hip to be like all the hipsters.

Only I'm usually smarter than the nerds. blush

davestephens wrote:
From Dictionary.com:
nerd-an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit.

Geek-a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized
subject or activity.

I vote geek.thumbsup

I vote most people around here are both.
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Clearly geeks, given the existence of Bitin' Off Hedz:

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sgosaric wrote:
If they had more social skills we wouldn't drowning in low interaction games where prime design objective is to protect gamers against each other.


An interesting point; I had never thought of it that way.
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