Friday, 12 July 2013
Not So Different After All
With the rise of the "dudebro" this stereotype has fallen off a little bit, but it's quite common for people who enjoy sports to dislike video games (with the exception of sports games of course). But what's funny about the rabid Football or Baseball fan is that when you really think about it, a game nerd and a sports fan aren't really all that different.
Let's just take a couple of things about nerd crap and a couple of things about sport crap and compare the two.
Any search on the internet for any kind of popular nerdy thing may lead you to images of people performing cosplay. Just in case there are people who don't know what this is, cosplay is where you dress up as your favourite character and then take pictures or go to a convention or something, I dunno exactly I don't do it. Now I bet if you asked your typical sports fan they'd laugh in your face and call you something unpleasant, but what's funny is that they do exactly the same thing. Where I'm from in the UK around Manchester, people are very much into their Football. Quite often I would see people walking around wearing football T shirts which were replicas of a players shirt down to the name and number on the back.
A replica...of what your favourite player wears....sure sounds a lot like cosplay to me. OK granted it's not as ridiculous as wearing some of the strange shit that anime or game characters wear but the basic concept is still the same, if you are the kind of sports fan who has worn a players shirt, then you are essentially guilty of cosplaying, so laughing at those Trekkies for those Klingon outfits seems a bit hypocritical.
The other thing I want to touch on is Dungeons and Dragons. Now this IS looked down on even by people who don't like sports and I have friends who have laughed at me in various ways for enjoying it. But those same friends who laugh at me for playing a bit of DnD also like to spend their time playing Fantasy Football.
From what I can understand, Fantasy Football is all about putting a dream team together and then based on their performance in real Football matches various stats regarding your team will change. Sounds a lot like DnD to me, just replace adventurers with football players and worlds of magic and mystery with a football pitch and you're essentially doing the same thing. While DnD nerds like to pretend to be elves, football fans like to pretend to be hotshot football managers and both things are fun in their own way to the right people
Either way, I don't have a problem with sports fans, even I have a couple of sporting events that I enjoy watching. This was just a silly post to point out to some people that being a sports fanatic and a nerd of some description really aren't all that different, although being 23 I don't really know if kids who enjoy games still get bullied by kids who enjoy sports like I did.