I don’t own any hats with cat ears or teeth. I don’t have stockings with stripes on them. And even though I know what cosplaying is, I’ve never done it. I live the life of a secret geek. There are those who might argue that I’m not really a geek and I wouldn’t argue back, because to me part of what makes a geek a geek is the dedication. I simply haven’t got it.
I played StarCraft like a maniac for maybe a year. They knew my name on BattleNet. I was in a clan. And then I wasn’t. I read Sci-Fi, but it’s not something I talk about, because none of my other friends read Sci-Fi. I know basic HTML and I read webcomics. I played Final Fantasy and now I play Oblivion, but deep down, I just don’t have the devotion. I might be able to tell you who made the games, but it’s not likely.
There’s no special upgrades on my computer that make games easier to play. I don’t keep track of release dates. I don’t even know the purported release date of my beloved StarCraft II. I own a PS2 with only four games. My PC game collection is only slightly larger and most of them are Monkey Island games. I have been a secret geek.
What’s different now? My boyfriend is also a geek, and so are his friends. And they talk about web comics and games and Sci Fi books. And more importantly, they go to conventions.
So last weekend I went to Boston for PAX East. PAX East is a convention sponsored by Tycho and Gabe (Jerry and Mike) of Penny Arcade. Penny Arcade is a webcomic featuring (for the most part) game related jokes. They also run a charity called Child’s Play which donates games to hospitals for sick kids. This was the first year that PAX was held on the east coast and I was there.
And I had fun. I got a free t-shirt and bought a poster and almost played a video game in public (which is totally against my rules). I played my first ever game of Magic… and won. It was a good time.
I also went to the Sam Adams Brewery and I had fun there too. In fact I am completely in love with the city of Boston and if it were about ten degrees warmer I would move there in a heart beat.