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Friday, 22 March 2013 02:38

Nerds On The Rise Featured

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nerd |nərd| noun informal
a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious : one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance.
• an intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession : he single-handedly changed the Zero image of the computer nerd into one of savvy Hero.

Ah, yes, nerds. These examples taken from the Oxford dictionary highlights both the stigma of being a “nerd”, as well as the more positive definition of the term that places the nerd at the forefront of his/her field of interest. As gamers, many of us find ourselves somewhere in between the two. Thankfully, in a world where technology is becoming increasingly prominent, the nerd stigma is receding, and it’s even becoming “cool” to be a nerd in some respects.

As a gamer and metalhead, the nerd label is often applied in double, as avid gamers and metal enthusiasts alike, are often shunned by the mainstream. That’s part of why I love both gaming, and metal, that feeling that I’m not like everyone else. These are my passions, and they have brought me closer to a lot of people that are truly operating on the same wavelength as me. Playing a game with someone can really bring you closer, and it’s not all that different from playing in a band with someone, this especially holds true in co-op and competitive team games. I guess smooth cooperation between any individuals on any task is a giving experience, but in my case I get the most satisfaction from pulling off awesome stuff in games with a friend/teammate, or playing a tight show with my friends/band mates. Games and music deliver that instant fix of adrenaline and satisfaction.

I just want to shout out to the people at Rockstar for their effort of bringing together my two passions in one place with the GTA games. Most GTA titles are a blast, and I just can’t get enough of roaming around, causing mayhem, while some of my favorite rock/metal tunes are playing on the in-game radio. Vice City is not only my favorite GTA story and game play wise, but that V-rock radio station really cemented that particular GTA in the heavens of video game greatness for me (didn’t hurt that the not so bad-ass Lazlo was the DJ). Likewise the addition to GTA IV’s L.C.H.C station in The Lost and Damned expansion, not only suited the motorcycle club theme perfectly, is also included tracks of some of my favorite metal bands (I mean come on, the DJ was Max frickin' Cavalera!). Cheers Rockstar!

Anyway, we nerds are on the rise. Our favorite pastime is an ever-growing industry that is becoming more “accepted” in mainstream circuits with each year. This might be in part thanks to the wide spread of casual gaming, but the growth of the industry doesn’t come at the expense of us, the “true”/”hardcore”/call it whatever you want, gamers. We’ve been there since the beginning, and we’ll be there until the end. Man I love games… and metal.     

Ingólfur Ólafsson

Managing Editor.

 

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