It seems like everyone wants to bare their souls this month! I’m always game for a link-up, and Mariko at Gamerwife always has the best ideas. Everyone has their ideas of what a geek should be (and some of them want to enforce this more than others), so here are the ways in which I don’t think I’m a “typical” geek.
1. I only finish about a tenth of the video games I start.
But…I tend to talk about them like I’ve played all the way through. I never intentionally pretend to have beat a game when I haven’t, but sometimes I forget to qualify my opinion with “I haven’t finished, but…”. To be honest, a game must be very good (or a Legend of Zelda title) for me to complete it. I’m a graduate student, which means that I don’t have nearly enough free time on my hands.
2. I’ve never gotten into anime or manga.
Sure, I’ve watched and read a few (I really enjoyed DeathNote and I’m having tons of fun with Attack on Titan), but I’ve never really felt attached to an anime/manga. I couldn’t tell you why that is, other than just personal preference, but I become a lot more attached to stories, worlds, and characters in my comics or novels.
3. I’ve never seen any of the Aliens franchise.
And it makes me feel like such a bad geek girl! I want to see them, but I haven’t gotten around to it–even though I’ve had the DVDs (from Netflix) at my parents’ house for years. Like, around seven of them. I know I should see it–it’s sci-fi, it’s a thiller, and it has a kick-ass female lead and a supporting cast that avoids gender stereotypes–but I just haven’t managed to pull it off yet.
4. I don’t mind spoilers…and sometimes I even go looking for them.
I’m bad about spoilers–and I think it’s due to the fact that I watch most of my shows after they’ve aired. I often find myself Googling to see when a couple gets together, if a character actually dies, or who the Big Bad of a season actually turns out to be. Knowing these things helps me to decide if I should keep watching a show–remember, not a lot of spare time–or if I should move on to something I’ll enjoy more. I also don’t think it ruins a lot–I may know an ultimate outcome, but I don’t know how they get to that point. I don’t do it with every show, but I do it frequently enough that I should own up to it.
5. I’m not into RPGs, either virtual or tabletop.
I do like some Western RPGs–like Mass Effect–but for the most part RPGs just…bore me. I think it all boils down to my immense dislike for turn-based combat. The only games I’ve been able to finish with turn-based fighting are the Pokemon games…and I stopped playing those between Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Black.
What are your geeky confessions? Do you share any of mine? Follow this link to see The Gamerwife’s original list, as well as all the other participants in the link-up!