Geek meets Geek. But.. how?

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Online

This is definitely the most common way. It’s the safest easiest way for us geeks to connect with others geeks. Literally. Most of us are techies by nature and are often online quite a bit. This applies not only to the internet in general, but also online gaming.

Pros

– Meets geeks from all over the world

– No judgement over appearances

Cons

– Interaction is limited to online

My Suggestions

Keep up with the good work? 🙂 This is the best way to meet other geeks, in my opinion, so no advice needed.

 

Conventions

I only recently went to my first geeky convention. (I know. Shame on me.) That was QuakeCon. I couldn’t have felt more at home surrounded by people that I know wouldn’t judge me, but actually be interested in me. It’s too much fun enjoying everything that a convention has to offer with people just like yourself. You gt to share your excitement with them and vice versa.

Pros

– Meets geeks of the same type as yourself. (I.E.: Otaku, Gamer, Comic Reader)

– Meet local & traveling geeks

Cons

– Conventions are often crowded, busy, and loud

My Suggestions

Get involved in the activities that interest you at the conventions. More often than not, they’re pretty fun and you get to meet other geeks during.

 

Stores

Specialty stores are a really good way to run into geeks with the same interests. Table top game stores, video game stores, card stores, anime stores, ect. You won’t always run into friendly folks at the stores, but occasionally you’ll run into some rarities that don’t mind talking.

Pros

– Meet local geeks

Cons

– Some geeks shop and leave in a hurry

My Suggestions

Stop in at favorite stores more often if possible. You might run into familiar faces. Another way it to follow what I suggested at conventions. Sometimes the local stores will have events and activities that you can join in on.

 

My Personal Experiences

I find that I have a hard time meeting other geeks locally. I think the first reason is the culture of the city that I live in. It’s a south Texas city that is old fashion and culturally driven. There isn’t much going on in regards to the geeky world. There are barely a handful of specialty geeky stores and the conventions are even rarer. People also tend to keep to themselves and I think that makes for a lot of private geeks.

To make matters worse, I’m of the female variety. When I step foot in my local stores, I’m just oogled and not really spoken to except by the guys working there. As for geeky girls in this city, they are like an endangered species. Some rare mythical unicorn type that I can’t seem to locate. Those few that do exist are often incognito and you won’t know they’re geeky unless you can talk to them for a while.

This brings me to my own personal strategy. *Ahem* Wearing my geeky merchandise out and about.

Nothing speaks from geek to geek quite like geeky clothing and accessories. It’s the perfect bait! I’ve noticed that geeks can’t help but compliment or comment on that Bleach shirt or on this Mario mushroom key-chain. People you’d never expect will stop to comment and your mind will officially be blown. Mine has several times over.

So when all else fails, wear your geeky stuff proudly and see who speaks up!

 

Britney

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8 thoughts on “Geek meets Geek. But.. how?

  1. Great list and good tips! The internet has been the best in terms of connecting with like minded geeks. I wouldn’t have met all the awesome people I’ve met so far! 🙂

  2. The Internet is definitely the easier way, and its my main outlet! I have the hardest time finding local geeks. Especially other girls. I think you’re right, a lot just don’t talk about their geekiness much, and you won’t know unless you talk to them for a long time. I either just need to start listing things to new people I meet to test for reactions, or everybody should wear a badge with their fandoms on!

    • Yeah, I don’t know what it is about meeting local geeks. It’s just plain hard. I’ve never known if it was because of the city that I live in or if that is something that everyone struggles with. And yay for badges! Lol. I think wearing a geeky t-shirt or having those sort of accessories is a bright beacon to other geeks. 🙂 Best way to get their attention.

  3. Colleges offer another good meeting place. I’ve only gone to two colleges: Wake Technical Community College and Western Carolina University, but there was an Anime club at WCU, a regular congregation of Dungeons and Dragons players at WTCC, MTG groups at both, and numerous video gaming events.

    All for just $2,000 a year! (And that’s without dorm and food >_>)

    As you said, stores probably provide the most reliable venue for meeting fellow interests, but geeks span a large array of interests and stores tend to focus on just one or two passions. I think it’s absolutely the way to go for MTG players and the like, but outside of that…

    I find musical interests especially hard to relay. Never in my life has a stranger recognized Septette for the Dead Princess, To Far Away Times, Scherzo Di Notte, or any of the other game score musics I’ve played on computers or Mp3 players. Throw in the professional musicians’ disdain for video game scores and it’s just hard to find a common interest in music that’s local.

    • The college club scene is nice but did u just say $2,000 a year to join a club, Damn. when I was last in a club it was free. We just met up, played games together and talked about cool stuff. how could it cost $2k and no food. nope that’s a waste.
      stores Locally use to be cool but sadly all the good ones around me have closed and the few that are still open I just don’t have the interest in visiting anymore. Conventions for me all the way.

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  5. I love this article. Its been a while since last I was active enough online to read an article and this one is just what i needed. i have been going conventions since last year and I find them the ideal place to meet fellow nerds with similar passions. btw I LOL so loud when I read the part about some female geeks being like rare mythical unicorns lol, so much win.

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