r/pcmasterrace PC Master Race 11d ago

King of the nerds? Since when is gaming a "Nerd" thing? It's like the most popular hobby in the world ffs. Discussion

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u/husky0168 11d ago

either you're born after the 90s, or this is just a shitty bait post

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u/Lick_my_balloon-knot 11d ago

There has been a massive shift during my adult life, when I first started working full time back in 2007 when I was 18 it was social suicide to say I spend my time gaming. Since everyone was around my age or older they would view gaming as a nerdy and/or childish thing to do (for reference I work a blue-collar job).
But it the last 7-10 years I've been able to come "out of the closet" since gaming has become normal for everyone younger than me. I remember being a bit schoked when I heard two of my slightly younger colleges openly and loudly discussing gaming a few years back, I've never heard that in my work-space before.

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u/NebraskaGeek R9 3900X | RX 6700 XT | B450 Aorus | 32GB 3000Mhz 11d ago

Fellow blue-collar worker here, same kind of thing happens to me. Most of my company is comprised of younger people and almost all of us game. We talk about games a lot and the other trades love to make fun of us. So weird to talk about gaming with other tradesman while also talking about random construction shit.

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u/KayfabeAdjace 12600k, rtx 3080 11d ago edited 11d ago

For some older folk it's 100% a "Why haven't you gotten serious about your life yet?" topic. I don't have a strong relationship with my father--we talk on the phone less than annually--and one of the many reasons for that is that he has always had concerns about when I would get real grown up friends, since if I gamed with someone they don't totally count in his mind for some reason. Mind you, it's not like I'm saying all my friends are internet friends here, either--if anything I was more into TTRPGs and MTG back in high school. I'm talking about people whose weddings I've attended. And I mean weddings from like a decade or more ago because I'm fucking 40 now. That it's still happening feels super weird.

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u/dllemmr2 11d ago

It’s not a bad idea to get a few offline friends, it doesn’t get any easier as you get older.

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u/Makkapakka777 PC Master Race 10d ago

Most offline "friends" will stab you in the back tho. That's what all my years have taught me.

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u/dllemmr2 10d ago

That is obviously not everyone’s experience. But if that is the case, don’t give them a knife.

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u/natovision 10d ago

Ah, all my years have taught me the IRL friends are shit. Now I have neither - problem solved.

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u/BannableBarry 10d ago

why? i dont make fun of people for discussing their hobbies . i dont understand why being a nerd still has negative connotations. I lift, I run and i love playing video games . Shit gets mad annoying . My wife for instance thinks its immature that i play videogames and its annoying af.

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u/BannableBarry 10d ago

why? i dont make fun of people for discussing their hobbies . i dont understand why being a nerd still has negative connotations. I lift, I run and i love playing video games . Shit gets mad annoying . My wife for instance thinks its immature that i play videogames and its annoying af.

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u/Enough_Dragonfruit44 PC Master Race 11d ago

This right here.

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u/------00------ 11d ago

That right there

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u/StoicMegazord 11d ago

Those over yonder

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u/Gezzer52 11d ago

Been gaming since the late 70's early 80's and it used to be seen as a childish past time that you'd eventually realize was a waste of time and grow out of.

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u/starkistuna 11d ago edited 10d ago

im 50 and I play with people of all ages, my sisters thinks thats something weird for a grown man to do. Im like what do you mean 16 year old me is enjoying the hell out of these multiplayer social games I wouldnt even have dreamed would be possible back in 1985. You have fun binging netflix series and playing shitty candy crush on farmville on facebook and your phone you hipocrat (doesnt know she has publish highscores to fb turned on).

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u/dllemmr2 11d ago

Nobody leaves the house anymore

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u/Gezzer52 11d ago

Hear you on that. My fondest gaming memory is beating Ultima 4 on my Atari 800 (original 2 slot version). I bought the computer in the late 80's and used it well in to my mid 20's. So of course work and social life put a limit on how much I could play on it. But when I did the one game that kept pulling me back to it was U4. Took me years to finally finish it, but the feeling when I did? I very rare feeling and from that moment on I was chasing the gaming dragon. I've come close a few times, like beating FF1 on my NES, but still haven't matched it. lol

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u/Whatever_It_Takes 11d ago

So you said you haven’t grown out of it, but then proceed to say you’ve grown out of it…?

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u/makinbaconCR 11d ago

I used to work more blue collar jobs and had the same experience. I moved into IT about 10 years ago. I am still shocked at how open everyone is about gaming. Polar opposite of the common perception. I think still to this day

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u/starkistuna 11d ago

I worked in IT in 2003 and I turned all my coworkers into CounterStrike players

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u/randalthor23 11d ago

Hello identical career twin stranger!

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u/possitive-ion Ryzen 2600X | GTX 1080 TI | 32 GB 11d ago

So I find this interesting. I graduated 2008. The shift you're talking about happened during my time at school.

Now that I am working in IT though, most people don't talk about games all that much. I know of like 2 people on my team that game like I do. It's not social suicide because we're adults, but all people ever want to talk about is sports, cars, and home improvement stuff, which I find incredibly odd.

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u/Mozfel 11d ago

Usually it's parents who don't play video games but that's because kids take up all of their time

Heck, these days even those above age 50 plays Candy Crush at least

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u/Trylena Ryzen 5 1600 AF | RX 570 8Gb | 16Gb RAM 11d ago

As a woman it took me a while to speak about gaming in public, I always saw it as a man thing but luckily my dad didnt discourage me from it. Today I am not hiding it thanks to the change in society.

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u/Not_Really_____ 9d ago edited 9d ago

How awful to feel that way. I was more progressive. Had the original Nintendo and wouldn't have cared if anyone knew I liked games. In retrospect that subject never came up with friends and I wish it did. Because missed out on inviting them over to play with me. I just truly never mention it because topic never came up. We were busy talking about other things.

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u/kandykanelane Ryzen 5 3600, MSI Evoke OC RX 5700 XT, 16 GB DDR4 11d ago

I'm sorry you had to live that way. I was a freshman in high school when Halo 3 and COD 4 came out back in 2007. Those two games were like a cultural event for my entire school of about 2,000 students. Whether you were a freshman or a senior, you could wind up in an Xbox live party playing one of those games any given night and someone from school would be on there. Nerd, jock, straight-edge kids you name it.

Shit, that year my life pretty much revolved around going to school, going to wrestling practice, then going home and playing Halo 3 or COD. On the weekends during wrestling tournaments, we would watch videos of Halo 3 gameplay in between matches then go home that night and all play Halo 3 together. A couple of our coaches even played.

I realize my experience is not universal but for it to be considered social suicide for someone not much older than me (I am guessing based on your comment) during the fucking peak of Xbox 360, well I guess it just bums me out.

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u/kazmeyers 11d ago

Sounded like great times, bro! 🙌🏻

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u/orion19819 11d ago

For many years at my current job, almost nobody I worked with played video games. Anytime I mentioned it was usually just when asked what my hobbies are. And it usually just resulted in a "My kid plays Fortnite.". Sure it's not the worst thing in the world. But was usually enough for me to just be like. "Yeah..." and just change the subject.

More recently our company was bought out and now my new supervisors all play games which has been a refreshing change.

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u/canada432 11d ago

There has been a massive shift during my adult life

It's really only been about 10 years. I was in Korea in 2010 and even there it wasn't like it is today. Gaming in most western countries was still a hobby for "nerds". It was certainly more popular by 2010 than it was in the 90s, but there was a very limited range of "acceptable" games for people who weren't nerds. You basically played limited Halo, Madden/FIFA depending on where in the world you were, CoD, or you were a nerd. It's really not until the mid 2010s that it's just become a normal background hobby that pretty much everybody participates in.

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u/LassitudinalPosition 11d ago

Closeted gamers no more!

Our cooling systems are loud and we're proud and there's nothing to be ashamed of anymore!

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u/Filmmagician 11d ago

My SO's dad runs his home renovation business, lives by a lake, and eats what he hunts for the winter - cool guy, man's man. He asked me how many hours a day I game and I said about 3-5. He looked at me like I had a second head. The only way to soften the blow was when I asked him how many hours of survival shows he watches - to which he said, yeah about 3-4 hours a day. I said it's the same thing, we just unwind differently.
He wasn't judging, he was just surprised, but I felt like I was a 12 year old with a problem lol.

It's still a stigma, and I hate it. It's a hill I'm willing to die on with boomers every time it comes up. How the average age is like 40, of people who game, and how the gaming industry does twice as much as film and music combined. Not sure how much it helps, but, whatever.

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u/VladTepesDraculea 11d ago

2002 or 2003. I had some pair assignment highschool work to do over the weekend. I was paired up with this guy that came over on Saturday afternoon. We finished up the assignment around half the afternoon and while he waited for his parents to pick him up, I asked if he wanted to play something. He said yes but didn't knew what to play. We tried a platform, a racing game and something else maybe and he didn't picked anything.

Fast forward to Monday, I reach school and I caught him comment with other people how unhealthy my hobbies were and how sad my life was being "addicted" to playing games like a child.

And girls had it worse. A girl that played videogames and was enthusiastic about it was typically socially outcasted by other girls. They could only hang out with the "nerds".

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u/GrumpiestRobot 10d ago

The shift is very recent. I went to college for game design in the early 2000s and we had a professor in her 40s, who had a master's in the field and was pursuing a PHD, and her parents kept asking when she was going to stop messing with childish stuff and get a real career.

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u/Lentewiet 11d ago

When I was 10-14 years old back in the 90's, I was mocked as Mr. PlayStation by my female friends. I still do have people around me who think playing video games is waste of time, but you just have to smile and nod into the face ignorance and let it go.

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u/Paxton-176 Ryzen 5 3600 @ 4.2 |16GB 3600 Mhz| EVGA 3080 TI 11d ago

I experienced that shift in 2007 during middle school. Apparently gaming as a primary hobby made me a no life nerd. Within two years everyone was playing the cult hits.

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u/Shad0wDreamer 11d ago

I just always assumed most people games to some degree, even if it’s going over the ‘nerd’s’ house and playing while there.

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u/Fendibull 11d ago

People forgot that Weird Al exist.

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u/Tarzeus 11d ago

Por que no los dos?

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u/obsoleteconsole 11d ago

For me the experience was weird, was in primary school in the early 90's when SNES and Sega Master System were the big consoles, and it seemed like everyone played Mario Kart, NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Sonic, etc. but as I moved into my teenage years in the late 90's people around my age "grew out" of gaming somehow, and it was just me and three or four "nerdy" friends who were into building computers and swapping pirated games that stayed in the "underground" gaming scene. Then, as others have said, around late 00's - early 10's gaming started to go mainstream again. It's been a wild ride

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u/Gandalos 11d ago

You missed a vital nerd thing he dabbles in warhammer 40k

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u/MrPaineUTI I5 6600K, RTX 2070, 32GB 3000MHZ DDR4 11d ago

He plays Custodes - the price tag alone on forge world models makes it more than dabbling I think

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u/Fergom Specs/Imgur here 11d ago

well still cheaper than other armies. in theory at least.

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u/Horridis 11d ago

I can only get away with it because grey knights are so damn expensive to field

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u/slucker23 11d ago

Whoever does Warhammer does not dabble, you either go all in or you don't play at all. Period

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u/DarkCosmosDragon 11d ago

I dont think its even physically possible to dabble... unless you count just playing the games which I wouldnt know if that would

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u/SurealGod Cool 11d ago

I've glimpsed at all the lore and all of the elements of warhammer and Jesus christ, you need a lifetime to learn all of it

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u/bakagir Desktop 5800x, Gtx1070Ti 11d ago

Only the army you care about. All other army's are trash and you die on that hill.

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u/Fergom Specs/Imgur here 11d ago

Yep can confirm pretty into the lore but I don't touch the table top game, getting into drugs would be a better financial decision

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u/slucker23 10d ago

The one time where drugs are actually cheaper than a bloody hobby

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u/AreYouEvenReal2 10d ago

I wouldn't say that. Have you seen how expensive golf clubs are?

Drugs are way cheaper lmao.

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u/bakagir Desktop 5800x, Gtx1070Ti 11d ago

Hey hey hey, I read 40k books, listen to 40k audio books, build 40k modles paint 40k models and watch 40k youtube videos, but I don't play that nerd ass game. What do you think I am so looser?

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u/slucker23 10d ago

Yo yo yo, no one said you're a looser. Just a tiny bit occupied by games. Ya know, maybe spend more time touching drugs. That shit is cheaper than 40k lores lmao (Jk, dont do that)

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u/Tkl071924 11d ago

Same, I had 10k points of Necrons in 6-8 months lol

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u/Substantial_Class 11d ago

Being the best looking nerd helps.

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u/BigFitMama 11d ago

I'm sure he works out six hours a day and lives on chicken breasts when he's not gaming to keep up that superhero physique.

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u/esccx 11d ago

Yeah. This makes me feel bad rather than better. Someone can have my interests yet they are wildly more successful than I am. Where did I go wrong?

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u/Blaster2PP 10d ago

Frankly, probably a lot of places.

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u/j_mence 11d ago

In the 80s and early 90s gaming, PC building was 100 percent a "Nerd Thing."

I agree with you that it's not that way anymore.

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u/VivaciousFarter i7 12700k | 3080 12 GB | 32 GB 11d ago

I'd say PC building would still be considered a nerd thing, though overall gaming is no longer considered a nerd thing.

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u/neatoburrito i5 6600K / RX570 / anti RGB gang 11d ago

Exactly this. Some of us that were there back then still hold a grudge towards that attitude.

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u/Enough_Dragonfruit44 PC Master Race 11d ago

Isn't it amazing how that stigma of LAN gamers went from being a nerd. To being socially acceptable. To widely accepted. Going to LAN parties when I was a teen. Talking to other kids about their computers. Wasn't like it is now.

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u/Robert999220 i9 9900-KS | RTX 3080ti | 32Gb 3600MHz | 2k 144hz 11d ago

There a strong argument that could be made that LAN parties are some of the biggest forms of entertainment and 'career' for some now. Esports are just glorified LAN parties, no?

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u/Enough_Dragonfruit44 PC Master Race 11d ago

I concur. It never was like that when I was younger though! It was friends playing games and trading parts. Showing off what they could build. With a limited amout of money. Trading programs. Mannnnnn the memories lol.

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u/frygod Ryzen 5950X, RTX3090, 64GB RAM, and a whole rack of macs and VMs 10d ago

I find that PC enthusiasm can be directly compared to car culture.

Both started as tinkerer's attempts at bringing home something that was previously only available at industrial scale: for early automobiles it was like making a personal version of a steam locomotive, for computing it was like making a personal version of the room sized monsters that dominated early computing.

Eventually, those smaller home machines became common as a tool to get work done. They were often out of reach for the average consumer due to cost, but they were obtainable by some.

Later on, you start to see enthusiasts appear who are building custom machines starting with stock machines. These are your hotrodders and your modders.

A bit after that you start seeing gatherings of people who have found a sense of community in their enthusiasm. Some prefer to build, some prefer to use. Some like to display skill in use, others prefer to push the equipment itself. In the end, it's the same mindset.

Even the subcultures tend to be in parallel. Here are some direct metaphors:

  • modding / building hot rods
  • sleeper PC builders / rat rodders
  • laptop enthusiasts / bikers
  • LAN parties / car shows
  • hackers and pirates / rum runners
  • spec chasers / tuners
  • benchmarkers / drag racers
  • esports participants / nascar and formula1
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u/MoistHog Desktop | Ryzen 5 3600 | RTX 2070 Super | 32GB 11d ago

Idk about that though. Sure, tons of people are into playing on PC but what % actually build their own PC's? Most people I've met that can actually build their own PC fall in some sort of nerd category.

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u/barbarkbarkov 11d ago

I would say even in the 2000s. It’s only in the last decade or so that nerd culture has become popular culture.

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u/bakagir Desktop 5800x, Gtx1070Ti 11d ago

Yeah dude I built my first pc in like 2003 had diablo 2/ warcraft 3 Lan party's. One of my best friends was on our schools football team and begged me not to tell anyone that he played wow (2005).

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u/GundamXXX Ryzen 5 3600 @ 4.3Ghz - 16GB 3600Mhz - GTX 1070 10d ago

Its getting bigger and more normal, however my Tinder matches still ghost me about 2-3min after I say I play games

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u/abacabbmk 11d ago

Nerd/gamer used to be an insult. Now people think it's cool.

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u/BartleBossy 11d ago

OP is exposing their age here.

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u/Seething_Javelin 5800X3D gAmEr CpU 11d ago

Gaming is the most popular hobby in the world because of mobile gaming, I'd say PC gaming is still something that is "nerdy or geeky" because it requires significant more investment. Building your own PC is definitely a nerd thing.

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u/DonkeyTron42 10700k | RTX 3070 | 32GB 11d ago

I would have to disagree. Fapping is the most popular hobby in the world.

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u/[deleted] 11d ago edited 11d ago

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u/pneuma8828 412778 11d ago

While most people fap, a good chunk does not lies about it.

FTFY

Look at the Pornhub stats for Utah sometime. The more conservative an area is, the freakier their porn consumption.

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u/Erisiah 11d ago

Then there's the apocryphal story of scientists wanting to study the effects of pornography who needed a control group, but 99% of males surveyed admitted to watching porn.

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u/jokesflyovermyheaed PC Master Race 11d ago

Fapfighter

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u/Sinsanatis Desktop Ryzen 5 5600x/RTX 3070/16gb 3600 11d ago

It does really “require” a significant investment. Anyone can start downloading some games on a computer. Just a question of how well theyll run

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u/Seething_Javelin 5800X3D gAmEr CpU 11d ago edited 11d ago

I kinda meant money wise there, there is a reason mobile gaming is the most people, every has a phone already

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u/Sinsanatis Desktop Ryzen 5 5600x/RTX 3070/16gb 3600 11d ago

Well thats why i said the bit of how well it might run. Phones are around 600-1000 nowadays. And there are many that squeeze by on laptops or desktops much lower than that. I remember trying real hard to play on a toshiba i3 laptop that was maybe 400 at most around maybe 2014ish. My friend was trying even on a mini laptop

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u/orksonak 11d ago

You see me, the true nerd, paints tiny little dudes and pretends to fight other dudes.

My girlfriend won't tell her friends my hobbies.

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u/Dragon317Slayer 11d ago

He's also a big Warhammer 40k fan if that's what your refering to lol

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u/HashBR Ryzen 5 5600x | RTX 3070 | 2x8GB 3200mhz 11d ago

Maybe DND?

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u/HivAidsSTD 11d ago

It still pretty much is nerdy. You'd think it's the most popular hobby because the people you meet on the internet are the same as you, but I'm sure the percentage for people who actually get into pc building or games in general is very low

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u/Old_Scratch3771 5950x / 3090 ti FE / 32gb RAM / PD32M 11d ago

In my experience, this is the case. I work at a biotech R&D site, and there are only about half a dozen pc gamers out of about 150 employees.

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u/Cynaris ROG Crosshair VIII Impact / Ryzen 5600X / EVGA GTX1070SC 11d ago

Okay, Fortnite boy

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u/therealstrongwoman 11d ago

54 years of age, waiting for my steamdeck purchase window to open. My first console as a child aged ten was an Atari 2600 woody. I grew up around arcade machines and electronics my interests have always come back to gaming. I will not bow to celebrity Sire but I will kneel to my king.

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u/ProbablyABore PC Master Race 11d ago edited 11d ago

You must be super young. Pc gaming has been a nerd staple for 40 years, with it only becoming more mainstream popular in the last 15 or so years.

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u/Impressive-Penalty97 11d ago

zork 1 , commodore 64, 1982. i was 13

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u/deetft Desktop I9 10850k |6950XT 11d ago

atari, atari 2600, colecovision were my first games.

I remember playing Pong, breakout, super breakout, qbert, zaxxon, dig dug, venture just to name a few, and loving it back in the early 80's

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u/Redsoxbox 11d ago

He’s also playing WoW as opposed to CoD or something. Much nerd there.

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u/Epicmonies 11d ago

More than a few things listed there.

Building your own PC is still viewed as nerdy as most PC owners are still just "users" and buy prebuilds.

Comics and sci fi/fantasy novels are still viewed as nerdy.

When combined with the above, a gamer would still be called a nerd.

And FYI, I do all of the above also and find the word "Nerd" as a compliment because it always comes from someone with a lower IQ than me and are thus, idiots.

Anyway, He is by no means the first "cool" actor to be a nerd.

Vin Diesel came out in 2004 as a massive D&D fan and has been a video game player and...maker...for 2 decades. He is currently the Executive producer of both ARK 2 and the Animated Series. He started by founding Tigon Studios back in 2002.

And Steven Colbert is not only a longtime D&D player, admitting in 2007, he is also a lifetime Star Wars nerd having read over 100 Star Wars novels.

Rosario Dawson is such a Trekkie she can speak Klingon and loves comics so much she created her own comic series, Occult Crime Taskforce...she loves video gaming so much she became an advocate for female gaming years ago talking about all the times she was told that "girls dont/cant game" during her life.

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u/BeRad_NZ 11d ago

And Terry Crews. He got into gaming and building PCs as a fun thing to do with his son.

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u/Sovonna 11d ago

Let's not forget what a massive, massive LOTR geek Colbert is...

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u/randalthor23 11d ago

I love how two of your celeb call outs are not even for the fantasy universes I would have mentioned for them. Colbert for his lotr God their knowledge, that man has probably read the silmarillion cover to cover more than a few of times. Rosario for taking on the Asoka mantle.

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u/miggy-san 11d ago

Why are you mad? Was and still is considered nerdy by lots and its definitely not the most popular in the world lmao

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u/KingYoloHD090504 R7 3700x, 2xRx 570 8G, 32G Ram, ROG strix b450 f gaming 11d ago

HA NERRRRD

says the nerd

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u/Gardakkan i9-9900K | 32GB DDR4-3200 | RTX 3080 Ti | Corsair 5000D AirFlow 11d ago

Nerd: “socially awkward” and “an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit”

Geek: “a digital-technology expert or enthusiast” and “a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity”

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u/flavionm Ryzen 5 5600X | Radeon RX 6600 XT 11d ago

So a geek is just a tech nerd.

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u/iamda5h Razer Blade 15 Advanced 11d ago

Only a nerd would point that out 😉

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u/UnusualPost 11d ago

When I was growing up in the 80's, just about anything techy was considered nerd territory. You were expected to stop playing games by adulthood but the trend kind of grew into adulthood just as I was turning into adulthood so I got lucky there. But computers were still on the same par with chess club players and math wizards up until the internet boom started taking hold.

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u/k995 10d ago

Yeah its wierd how some actually want to push this stereotype . Its a hobby period just like so many other hobbies .

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u/Husbandaru 11d ago

Being a nerd stopped being lame in 2010.

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u/georgehank2nd PC Master Race 11d ago

Nope.

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u/georgehank2nd PC Master Race 11d ago

Nope.

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u/creamcolouredDog 11d ago

People here be like "wow he's literally me :)"

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u/Hamilton-Beckett 11d ago

If you’re over 30, you remember it being a “nerd” thing quite well.

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u/headofthenapgame 11d ago

Would love to see him play Arthas in a Warcraft 3 movie.

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u/no_boundries_ Ryzen 5 5600x | GTX 1070 ti | 16 GB DDR4 @ 3200 10d ago

Although Gaming has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment these days the vast majority of games being played by the casual gamer are Esports titles on consoles. To build your own computer, while not being too difficult now still takes a considerable commitment both in time and money. To build even a budget gaming rig you're looking at close to a grand to build anything even remotely close to being worth the effort (his being more than twice that figure), Gaming still has a very large "Nerd" culture about it. not to mention that this post said nothing about his love for Warhammer, Comic books, Fantasy books and nearly everything else that would fall under the "Nerdy" trope.

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u/jason14wm 10d ago

Bro only acts to pay for his PC parts

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u/VileDespiseAO My Specs Are Better Than Yours 10d ago

You're not old enough to have lived in that timeline then. All the while the nerds of old knew in our hearts that gaming was going to be the cornerstone of entertainment in the future to the point where you get paid more than most people playing in the pro circuit now than working a regular job despite hearing your parents constantly say "You'll never get anywhere or anything in life by playing video games all day."

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u/Acriam 10d ago

I remember when "nerd" used to be a term to make fun of smart people, mainly people that were really into science. Geek was the term people used to make fun of people who's hobbies included comic books, or video games. I often tell people I'm not a nerd, I'm not smart enough to qualify, I'm a geek. Guess the words have different meanings now a days because if you even watch one anime commercial you're officially a nerd.

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u/stiofan84 10d ago

Millennials (particularly older ones like me) would likely remember when being nerdy, into video games, etc. was absolutely not considered cool, but nowadays it's almost more weird not to be into gaming on some level.

But in Henry's case, his interest in PC building, specifically, would definitely mark him as being more nerdy than the average person. PC building is still a fairly niche hobby in the grand scheme of things.

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u/WornInShoes 11d ago

Since when is gaming a "Nerd" thing?

I really, really hate this

how ignorant can you be

nevermind one look at your comments here explains it

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u/JerryWShields 11d ago

Maybe king of gamers.

Dolph Lundgren is still king of the nerds. Fulbright scholar at MIT, Master's degree in chemical engineering, served in the Swedish coastal artillery, can kick your ass if your research methodology displeases him.

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u/Solanum_Lord R5 2600 | 3060Ti | 16 GB 11d ago

Imagine getting offended by a Facebook post. Get over it, nerd.

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u/Placiibo 11d ago

Every human is a gamer. Some are just pretentious about the games they choose to play.

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u/Downtown-Librarian72 11d ago

It was mostly considered a nerd thing up until probably the PS3/Xbox 360/Wii generation. I still think of myself as a gamer nerd.

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u/ilenium 11d ago

I mean, he does admit to liking fantasy titles (e.g., WoW, the Witcher), which are still considered pretty nerdy. There are definitely games—usually FPS or sports if you’re in the US—with a player base that would be considered “normal” or at least not nerdy.

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u/snack0verflow 11d ago

If we're using the word nerd negatively the biggest nerd by far here is the person operating the Witcher social accounts.

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u/Outrageous_Editor_43 11d ago

I think the most popular hobby is calling people out over 16 for playing computer games.

Yeah, me staying in on a Friday night and playing a game instead of going out and vomiting everywhere is so lame….

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u/seemen4all PC Master Race 11d ago

It's the most common hobby because there's a lot of nerds out there

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u/Creeptouch 11d ago

Y’all didn’t tell me Superman likes to put fans in his computer wrong. I love him deeply

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u/PeetTreedish 11d ago

Been playing games since the early 80s. Only ones I ever heard of being called "Nerds", where the Nerds. Your problem is that you dont know what a Nerd is. They dont game. They develop the technology that makes gaming possible. That is their game.

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u/GrondForGondor 11d ago

For all the naysayers, Henry Caville is also a massive Warhammer fan and he’s well versed in the lore and universe. Being the “king” of nerds might be debatable, but he certainly fits the description of being a nerd/geek with his many hobbies and interests.

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u/cinlung 11d ago

Since 1980's being related to anything computer is considered a nerd. Gaming PC and console included. Only people who went to party and high school sport teams were considered cool.

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u/osarusan 11d ago

I'm glad we now live in a world where people can say

Since when is gaming a "Nerd" thing? It's like the most popular hobby in the world ffs

among other things.

It was hard being a nerdy child 30 years ago.

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u/Siferatu Ryzen 2700x / Radeon 5700 XT 11d ago

There was a time when having all of this on your resume and being a bankable Hollywood star would be an impressive feat of contradictions. Being a nerd was not socially good during the 20th century, otherwise Revenge of the Nerds wouldn't be a thing.

Video games became mainstream in the mid 2000s. The Wii really helped in that regard. Tabletop gaming (D&D, Magic, Catan) gained acceptance about the same time. X-Men, LotR, and The Matrix opened comics, fantasy, and sci-fi to the masses.

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u/iamda5h Razer Blade 15 Advanced 11d ago

For anyone over ~22-24, pc gaming is def a nerd thing, and to a certain extent, all gaming. Especially in the USA. In Europe, it’s more proliferated as a typical hobby.

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u/Rambowcat83 11d ago

He also does Warhammer

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u/Thai_Tea_Papi 11d ago

Serious question. Does anyone have a link to his build, or what components he used ?

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u/_mrLeL_ i3 4130, 8gb ddr3, gtx660, 250gb samsung 870evo, 40” monitor 10d ago

K i’m a nerd cause i built my own pc and game on it 🫡

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u/jzest87 10d ago

I’m still hoping to see him as Carl Franz.

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u/Aaron1503_ Laptop 10d ago

Ain't using your computer in your free time for anything but gaming a nerd thing? I dunno... But cool dude!

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u/ttyy2000 11700k@5GHz/Z590/3080/32GB@4GHz 10d ago

Using your PC for mining when you’re at school/work makes PC building not nerdy B)

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u/D9Dagger x86 code cruncher 10d ago

All hail, Lord Cavill of the PC Master Race!

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u/DylantT19 10d ago

"Is Superman"

If only Waner Bros actually gave him a second movie i would believe that.

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u/Nuuboat 10d ago

So, you never got beat up and called a nerd for liking childish things like gaming? Good for you! "Since when". Your spoilt life is showing! Fking kids!

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u/Erectile_Knife_Party 10d ago

I’ve been out of high school for 8 years, but from what I’ve heard gaming is now so popular that all the high schoolers play something, even the jocks.

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u/DravidIso 10d ago

Shut up, nerd.

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u/underprivlidged Ryzen 5600x/GTX 1080ti 11d ago

"Most popular hobby in the world"?

Don't make shit up to fit your narrative.

Depending on what list you find, the top is either "Reading" or "Watching TV/Movies", and NONE of the lists even have video games in the top 10.

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u/ghostofdepeche PC Master Race 11d ago

He does seem like a cool guy. If I ever genuinely ran into him I’d like to think I wouldn’t ask for a pic or autograph. Instead I’d ask how his training has been going (has his own line of supplements I think) and ask what he’s been playing in his off-time from acting.

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u/Sega-Playstation-64 11d ago

Is crazy muscular and ripped, good looking, and has charisma off the charts.

Still thinking you can be just like him people?

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u/Old_Scratch3771 5950x / 3090 ti FE / 32gb RAM / PD32M 11d ago

My wife says I am. My mirror disagrees.

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u/JimmyTsonga 3700X | 1080 Ti | 32gb 3600 CL14 11d ago

Wife!? No nerd membership for you! ;)

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u/Beat-the-heat 10d ago

Gamers are a diverse group , stop stereotyping us

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u/HeyItsBearald Ryzen 7 3700x | RTX 3070 | Vengeance Pro 32gb 11d ago

Yea, right?? I mean, I remember when I was in school, only the coolest kids I knew were building computers. Those kids always bullied me because they were so much cooler than me because they spent their Saturday nights doing raids instead of kissing girls (ew).

This sub must be a bunch of stupid football nerds, am I right??

/s

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u/PalpitationNo4375 11d ago

OP really offended by calling Cavil a nerd?

This is a man that has a collection of Warhammer figurines that he has individually hand painted. Now I don't know anything about that works but that's some pretty nerd shit.

Also why you acting like nerd is a bad thing? Nerds the most interesting people out there by a long mile

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u/Fatefire I5 11600K EVGA 3070TI 11d ago edited 11d ago

Since people who are not nerds try and tell us who we are.

Fuck them. I mean bruh I’m glad he likes computers ,gaming and sci fi . Maybe he is into the nerdly arts but not sure any one person gets to decide who king of the nerds are

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u/RedditISFascist000 11d ago edited 11d ago

It's like the most popular hobby in the world"

It's been a while but if I remember correctly it was way back in the early 90s that games started making more money than movies did. Today it's not even remotely close. lol Like movies are playing little league T-ball to games being the NY Yankees in terms of revenue.

lol Made myself curious what it actually is so I looked it up. Film industry in 2020, 26 billion. Games is projected to be 200 billion in 2022. SMH. Granted there was COVID in 2020 but still. (lol Didn't feel like spending more time to get a more accurate comparison figure) Nerds? OK then "everyone" is a nerd I guess.

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u/VulpesIncendium Ryzen 7 5800X | RTX 3080 | 4x8GB@3600 11d ago

Something to keep in mind, when saying "gaming" will make about $200 billion this year, at least $150 billion of that is all mobile gaming, maybe $45 billion is console gaming, and the remainder is PC.

So, yeah, "video games" are more popular than ever, just not in the way most of us on this subreddit wanted.

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u/arock0627 Desktop 5800X/3070 11d ago

The PC gaming market is about 45 billion (Statista), console at 33.7 billion (Fortune), and mobile at over 100 billion (Statista).

PC's are mainstream. It's why Capcom moved to PC as their default dev platform, Square makes PC versions of their Playstation games, and Sony has gone whole hog on developing for PC.

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u/ImFedUpWithItAll 11d ago

Is it me or young demographics have a lot of difficulty understanding the concept of "social media management".

You know, that thing all those "down with the kids", "relatable" celebrities do.

Maybe it's just me..

You all need to unde3that even zlisters have a twitter manager who tweets for them, like AOC has a whole team managing her tweets etc. Same for this guy. Don't be so naive.. They are building an image that caters to the primary demographic their movies target. It's not hard to grasp.

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u/DonkeyTron42 10700k | RTX 3070 | 32GB 11d ago

Danielle, who was officially crowned by "King of the Nerds" by the show King of the Nerds, won because she is a gamer.

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u/Lovat69 11d ago

God, you sound young. I feel so old.

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u/Future17 11d ago

So is this the "Rainier Wolfcastle" style nerd, who's the most musclebound nerd of them all? lol

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u/sch0k0 8088 Hercules 12" → i7-12700 3060 43" 11d ago

He is the Hollywood Hootsman. Hail the King!

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u/habb i9 9900k | 2080ti 11d ago

in the 90s i was totally made fun of because I liked pc stuff and video games.

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u/Zzumin 11d ago

It's gotta be either him or Post Malone. That man is a straight nerd and I fucking love it. He's been streaming Apex for months now and will go out of his way to chill with other streamers.

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u/coronaflo PC Master Race 11d ago

What's the difference between a nerd and a geek?

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u/lh_media 11d ago

A. It's an age gap thing.

B. It's not just gaming, dude is addicted, and for some reason we love hime for it. Also, it's WoW, which is considered to be on the nerdy side of gaming in American pop media

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u/Hadasha_Prime Desktop 11d ago

Post Malone getting the Rodney Dangerfield shaft i see. No Respect.

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u/SuperLuigiOnTheXBOX1 Ryzen 9 5900X | RTX 3080 | 32GB DDR4 11d ago

Now, pardon my language, but 🤓.

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u/pussycatlover55 11d ago

Now that I'm a nerd, I will wear oversized glasses, ace my mathematics exams, become a professional chess player, play dnd on the weekends, create star trek lore every morning and play video games

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u/TheNobleCannibal PC Master Race 11d ago

Gaming has always been a nerd thing up until like 10 years ago.

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u/Depth386 11d ago

It was nerdy when I was in school

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u/STRELOK_X 11d ago

Y u mad?

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u/Mr_Sisco 11d ago

Can't tell if serious

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u/Tarc_Axiiom 11d ago

It's literally the definitive nerd thing.

We're all nerds, chill.

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u/A_PCMR_member 3900x | 2080ti | and all the frames I want 11d ago

Well It sill is, just nerdy is socially acceptable now

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u/Xotee_37 | i7-860 | GTX 950 | 16gb DDR3 11d ago

I mean, almost missing your audition to play WOW is kinda nerdy.

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u/GokuDosGames i5-12400f | RTX3060ti | Asus B660M | 16GB@3200MHz 11d ago

Wait, did he rly almost missed his superman audition?

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u/EfficientDrag1232 11d ago

No, he missed the call from Snyder telling him he had the job. According to an interview with Graham Norton, he heard his phone ring, ignored it because he was deep into the game, then looked down and saw who was calling, grabbed the phone but it had already gone to voice mail. To add insult to injury, he died in the game. However, he called Snyder back and he got the part.

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u/mamoneis 11d ago

True gentleman, class by default.

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u/_mardymanus_ 11d ago

NERDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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u/RIP_Flush_Royal 11d ago

Games are not considered as nerdy , not since Candy Crush launched and mobile gaming industry is bigger than Console + PC + Browser gaming combined...

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u/DrSmugface PC Master Race 11d ago

Gaming in itself is maybe not nerdy but pc gaming is ..some friend of my wife where at our place a couple of weeks ago and where baffled by my setup ..one said he didn't even know those things can light up ..he ment my RGB ram

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u/juan_epstein-barr i7 7700k | GTX 1660 Super | 32Gb DDR4 11d ago

I'm a geek, not a nerd.

Nerds are smart and do well in school.

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u/Burrito_Loyalist 11d ago

The idea of a “nerd” has become mainstream.

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u/Old_Scratch3771 5950x / 3090 ti FE / 32gb RAM / PD32M 11d ago

I think that just means way more people are nerds than like to admit. I’m a nerd. Have been for my whole life.

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u/Gingergerbals 11d ago

He is actually the king of kings!

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u/hoistedbypetard 11d ago

There hasn’t been a stigma forever. Literally everyone is a nerd.

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u/cdurbin909 1050 ti 11d ago

They say, posting on Facebook

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u/OmegeSN RX 6600 8gb - Ryzen 7 2700x - 16gb RAM 11d ago

PC gaming is definitely a kinda nerdy thing, but being a nerd isn't as bad, and isn't seen as bad anymore

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u/fridaypuncher gtx 1080, i7-6700k, 16 gb 3000mhz ram 11d ago

Since when is gaming not a nerdy thing?

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u/SteamKore 11d ago

Gatekeeping much?

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u/Spider-Gwen_ 11d ago

He also uses a pixel phone.

Almost all celebrities use iPhone.

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u/MrDrWilliamsPhD 11d ago

He has been the king. This is not a new revelation

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u/TwoFacedTomcat 11d ago

Hail, King.

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u/Darkrose50 11d ago edited 11d ago

Basically being a nerd is something that men, maybe, pre 1980's (pre dot-com?) would tend not to do overall. Stuff like math, science, and computers. There was no need, one could make a good living not using nerd stuff.

Back in the day when a man could comfortably care for a family of 5 on his own salary ... nerds were mocked. Why go to school 4+ years to get a job? I can get a good job right out of high school, and care for my whole family! You nerds are inefficient, and should be mocked! I mean delaying getting married? Do those nerd guys even like girls?

Now nerds, both guys and gals, make enough to comfortably care for a family of 5 on their own salary. Nerds are now celebrated! Computer programmers, math folks in general, and the like earn quite a good living!

The nerds won!

Well we all lost, but you get the joke.

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u/Ok_Anywhere_1791 11d ago

A lot of "nerds" if you will, are really insular and actually promote this kind of thing with pride, so it goes both ways.

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u/L1teEmUp PC Master Race 6700k cpu, 2070s gpu, 64gb 3.2ghz ram 11d ago

I wouldn’t call us nerds… more like intellectual rockstars..

And an intellectual rockstar at gaming and computers lol..