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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 03:10 AM        Editorials - The Geek Hierarchy
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 03:31 AM       
...the hooting, staccato laughter that sounds like a baboon being anally violated with a boulder- oh God, how I know and hate that sound.

Great article. I agree with your order. As the article makes clear, the respective positions change with social trends. But it will be a cold day in Hell before I allow furries and fanfickers to become cool. Those guys are just sick, man.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 04:42 AM       
what about message board nerds, pretty low on the scale right

and is the music nerd a picture of deadendz
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 05:29 AM       
My friends and I stopped hanging out with a guy because he fell in with the furry crowd. I hesitate to call them a geek though, it is insulting to geeks. I actually rank them about equal with the trenchcoat guy who goes to those run down porno theaters. From everything I have heard from this guy I used to hang out with it is just an excuse for geeks to get laid. And yes, he combines it with LAARPing (which I also don't really get).

I do however fall into more than one of the other categories on the list. :P
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 05:37 AM       
I count myself as a member of 3/16 of those groups (Comic Books, Sci-Fi, Tabletop RPGs) and all I can say is you got us dead to rights.

As for the other groups, I at least know some people who could be considered members of all of them, and that seems pretty accurate too.

And I know one man, let us call him Bob, who is a member of every single group on that list. If he is coming, flee for your life. You'll know he is on his way because of the way the smell makes your earwax melt.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 07:31 AM       
I'm surprised, yet pleased, that you dug deep into the depths to find something to shove under furry.

Thankfully most furries also have another sort of geekdom, and those individuals can find some happiness and fulfillment in life, however rarely.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 08:08 AM       
my girlfriend is a somewhat fanfic writer, her stories are amazing and well written, look up mikalockheart on www.fanfiction.net and you'll see what i mean. as for me, i'm a comic book and videogame geek
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 08:19 AM       
Good list, I'm not really a geek about anything, just likes me some good ol' video games sometimes.
About the furries, I mean, I like the antro sorta style some of their art has, but that's all really, I mean, dressing up like that? That is sorta weird...
More bordering on the insane really.
Great article still man.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 08:28 AM       
<--Music geek, Video gamer geek, and MMORPG geek. Very accurate list. GJ
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 08:39 AM       
I admit it, I was a Civil War reenactor for a short time when I was stationed in South Carolina. The majority are perfectly normal, intelligent people. But you are right, Protoclown, there are a disturbingly large number of them, especially among the southerners, who would love nothing more than to load up some live ammo and refight the war. And yes, there were several instances of southern units changing the outcome of battles so that they won. After hearing spectators laugh and say "this is a fucking joke" for about the third time, I called it quits.

By the way, they call themselves "Living Historians", which is hilarious on so many levels!
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 09:30 AM       
Letīs see...Videogame-Geek and Ex-MMORPG. But since when are Video Games regarded as cool? Ah wait...in the U.S. they are for sure.
Over here in Germany Videogames and Videogamers tend to be stigmatized...because we are all bad people who are out to hurt other people and train for doing so with Videogames...yeah, sure. And as far as I have experienced...most Women donīt like it. :D
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 09:34 AM       
So the sports geeks can rattle of stats AND statistics? That's pretty amazing, considering that they're the same fucking thing. Why, next you'll tell us that the film geek can tell you about many films and also movies.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 10:25 AM       
I was in band, but I was in the Drumline. This could actually be worse though because we developed this sort or elitist idea about ourselves and declared independence from the band. And I'll always have stories that start with "This one time at band camp..."
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 11:14 AM       
oof card games dont even make the list. Haha take that Yugi!
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 11:50 AM       
Nowadays, I'm just a film geek, but in the past I've been:
Video Gamer
Comic Geek (I only read Jonah Hex these days, so I don't think I still count here)
Sci-Fi Geek
Band Geek
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 12:22 PM       
Nice list. The lowest I've ever been on this list is MMORPG player and that was back in the day when Ultima Online came out, so it was even less cool than it is now. Other than that I'm also a music/film/comic/sci-fi/RPG geek and videogamer. I don't think I count as Otaku even though I enjoy anime and manga since I
1)shower regularly
2)never cosplayed

I'd also like to propose rising Otakus a bit higher, or alternatively lowering the comic geek status. From what I've seen on all kinds of cons the otaku geekdom tends to have more female members than the comic geekdom. And we all know that having an uterus automatically makes you cool.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 12:36 PM       
Hey, awesome list. I totally agree with the top few (you really can't make fun of the music geeks), and I'm brought small vestiges of happiness upon seeing film geek up there as well. Also, love the description for the fan fic writers; I write those things and I was still laughing my ass off.

But come one, the furry rank is too low. We deserve to at least be above the Ren Faire geeks. We're nice guys, really (and not all of us dress up in full fursuit). Of course, that's just me defending my geek-rank. Apart from that, excellent list.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 12:55 PM       
Lore Sjöberg actually did a flow chart called "the Geek Hierarchy" on the Brunching Shuttlecocks.

Harry Knowles looks like an Irish Sasquatch.

MMOs aren't that bad, really. You just gotta find one that's not populated entirely by awful jackasses.

Oh! I just remembered a furry I went to college with! He was the type of guy who threw around terms like "fursecution" without a hint of irony. He seriously claimed I was as bad as the Nazis because I thought he was ridiculous for thinking he's an anthropomorphic wolf. Also, he was really greasy and squint-eyed and had a really greasy, quint-eyed, fat girlfriend. I'm sure they painted themselves up like wolf-people and had greasy, squint-eyed, probably paint-smeared sex. Ugh.

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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 01:06 PM       
what no bike geeks??? I'm offended
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 01:36 PM       
Originally Posted by bikegeek View Post
what no bike geeks??? I'm offended
Heheh, yeah I said he also needed to add in the fitness/health geeks who know the EXACT calorie count of every piece of food they eat and wouldn't dare go over their daily intake allowance.

Willie is right too, message board/internet geeks would be another good addition.

I also think knitting/craft geeks should be on there, or perhaps just art geeks to be more all-encompassing.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 01:40 PM       
Let's see my Geekdoms are...

Well, I'm an Otaku first and foremost. One with good hygene, that doesn't dress like a character that I should never dress as, but an Otaku none the less!

I'm also a Movie Geek, but I'm the "elitist" kind of movie-geek that doesn't like the same movies as everyone else.

I'm a definite Comic Geek, but I never really got into "Superhero Comics". I read pretty much everything else.

I tried to get into Table-Top RPGs but my friends just weren't into it. So, I had nobody to play with. (BTW you forgot Card-Game RPGs)

And, (are you ready for this) I am, and I will freely admit it, one of those dreaded Fan-Fiction Writers you mentioned! In fact, here's my profile, which reveals a whole lot of other geeky interests. I do NOT write "self-inserts" however. That, would just be a little too far into the abyss.

BTW Furries may be geeky now, but what about in the future after they perfect genetic engineering (allowing them to actually become anthropomorphic animals!)?
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 01:40 PM       
Lets see here. Looks like I fall under Video Gamer, Table-top geek, and MMORPG. And I don't give a damn how socially acceptable it is.
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 01:46 PM       
Great list, agree for the most part.

Music geeks definitely get off easy. I suppose I fall into the Video Game geek category. I enjoy films, comics, and sci-fi, but on a more casual level.

The only disagreement I have is that you ranked MMO players too low, and Tabletop RPG players too high. If you are talking with people, and you say "I play WoW," you are going to get off much easier than if you say "I play DnD."
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Old Mar 5th, 2008, 01:59 PM       
Hey, what about "Tech Geeks"?

You know, the guys that go nuts over the latest powerful computer hardware (whether they have any use for it or not) and sometimes even ancient obsolete computers (for the "collector's value).
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