We here at YouNerded feel like we have the right to label ourselves nerds. We read comics, we play video games, watch TV and movies, stuff normally associated with the culture, and we are proud of it. No matter how much we stretch ourselves across the vast and growing culture, there are just some areas where we fall short, or in some cases, can’t possibly fathom why they are so popular. Here are our “Nerd Blind Spots,” and feel free to share yours in the comments below.
LoLs, WoWs & DCUOs
MMORPGs and MOBAs have continuously evaded my interest. I’ve played free trials of “World of Warcraft,” tried “League of Legends” with my friends, spent some time in the “Guardians of Middle Earth” and most recently spent quite a bit of time trying to grind out “DC Universe Online” to carve out my own superhero destiny.
Regardless of how popular all those franchises are, not one of them seemed to be able to hold my interest. I found “World of Warcraft” tedious and exhausting, both “League of Legends” and “Guardians of Middle Earth” just seemed frustrating and boring and with “DC Universe Online,” it was like every single person online had a better grasp of how to upgrade their gear, grind missions and simply play the game than I had which was all kinds of aggravating.
With games like “Wildstar” recently released and “Elder Scrolls Online” on the way for consoles (eventually), the interest is definitely there. I want to share in the joy you all have with these games. However, I fear it’ll only hold my attention for a few days, and sooner or later I’ll find myself another digital slave to the grind, losing that sense of fun, and shelving yet another potentially great game out of irritation. But hey, even though I can’t figure out how to have the fun you’re having with these games, I support and promote your nerd passion for them!
When I was younger I caught myself experimenting with video games. I had the original Playstation, a PS2 and a Gameboy. I’d sit around for hours playing “Tekken,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,” “Mario Kart” and “NBA Live,” but that was until I realized that I sucked. But I think I did it just because I didn’t want that typical label that girls don’t play video games, and if they do, they’re not that good at it. Which in my case, turned out to be completely true.
I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, all I really did was press random buttons on the controller and I didn’t even enjoy it. To be honest, it became instantly stupid once I made that discovery, and from then on video games have become extinct in my life. It’s crazy to see how die hard gamers devote their lives to beating a video game, to unlocking secret codes and even going as far as camping out for a new release.
I feel that deep inside my dark soul I could love them, but I just don’t have the patience to die one hundred times before I complete the mission. I don’t have the patience to create a personal player. I don’t have the patience to memorize the ammunition I need in order to defeat the enemy. I don’t have the patience to live in a virtual world. I just don’t have enough time to care.
It may be considered sacrilege these days, but I don’t know much about the “Final Fantasy” series. It’s not that I don’t like JRPGs, I’ve actually played most of developer Square’s non-FF output (“Chrono Trigger” remains one of my favorite games of all time.) However, when it comes to their flagship franchise, I found myself never quite getting into it, despite the constant nagging of friends and being told that “Final Fantasy VII” was the greatest game ever made.
Perhaps it’s the fact that it requires hours of grinding to advance in most of them, perhaps it’s because the key games in the franchise have become so expensive or maybe it’s just because the franchise itself has become so hyped up over the years, but I’ve had little interest in the “Final Fantasy” series.
Do I ever see myself playing one, though? Probably. It’s probably an issue of finding the right game at the right time. I’ve been told to play “Final Fantasy X” or “VII” for so long, I might try a different game in the series to see if I enjoy it before tackling what people say are the definitive entries in the franchise. I hear “Final Fantasy VI” on the Super Nintendo is actually pretty good, and considering my nostalgia for its follow-up “Chrono Trigger,” I might need to give that one a try.
I don’t really consider myself to have too many blind spots when it comes to “nerd culture,” but one area with room for improvement would definitely be Anime and Manga. This may horrify some of you but I actually don’t have a clue what the difference is between the two of them! Over the years I’ve only seriously watched two such shows. One was “Pokemon,” but in fairness everyone watched “Pokemon” at the time. The other was “Yugioh: Duel Monsters,” which I absolutely adored. My love for “Yugioh” came from me being quite a good competitive TCGplayer at the time, so I used to rush home every day to watch the latest installment. Other than these two, my experience in this particular field is quite low.
A few years ago I posted a blog looking for anime suggestions that absolutely blew up. The one that popped out at me the most was “Death Note.” Unfortunately through lack of time I was never able to properly get stuck into the show.
Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to make the time to set out on a proper anime adventure again. So in your opinion, is “Death Note” a good starting point for me? Or are there any other shows I should try first? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Lord of the bo-Rings
You would think a guy who runs a site called YouNerded would have even the slightest knowledge on the “Lord of the Rings” franchise. Not a clue. I’m sure it’s an epic franchise and even the Hobbit looks “interesting,” but I was just never drawn to it. Harry Potter ran alongside the franchise during theatrical releases, but I was the right age for that so I just stuck with it (still haven’t seen the last two though. SO SORRY).
People tell me to watch the movies out of great shock, and I will someday, it’s just such a time commitment, especially with these extended editions. I’m more of a TV guy, so 20 to 60 minutes and I can walk away and go back whenever. It’s different with video games because it’s pick up and drop as well, but I fear sitting for 200+ minutes watch the same story build. I watch “Game of Thrones” religiously, and I heard the two are similar, so I’ll get me fix here for now.
Like I said, I will watch “Lord of the Rings” as well as “The Hobbit” one day, but it’ll have to wait until I finish the “Harry Potter” franchise, catch up on “House of Cards, “The Walking Dead,” “The Americans,” etc.
Gandalf is in “X-Men,” right?
What are your Nerd Blind Spots? Have any suggestions for us? Share your suggestions in the comments below if you haven’t rage quit yet.
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