Are the Nerds nerds?

Something we didn’t cover much in our post yesterday is, are the contestants geeks or nerds? There has been some hubbub about this, but it seems like there always is. We feel like we have covered this conversation a bit in our Geek Versus Nerd post. A solid read if you haven’t read that one before – the dictionary definitions, in particular, are a bit disturbing for geek and nerd.

While we felt like we have definitions of what geek and nerd mean, the commenters disagreed and people we talk to… everyone seems to view this a bit differently. Some people proudly accept the mantle, and so then people like them are geeks or nerds. Others decide it is people more socially awkward, or into other things, than they are. And who’s to say who’s right? Self-definition seems to run into the “real” geeks and nerds creating things like the fake geek girl meme.

What does it mean???

What does it mean???

So what does this mean for the show?

One thing we found that is a bit of an extra insight beyond the show itself is the questionnaire for the contestants on the show’s website. And you know what? It’s a pretty solid questionnaire in our opinion. And it got a variety of answers. But also, one that came up with a consistent answer: Tesla.

Of course, with a questionnaire like this, I suppose you don’t quite get a sense of how much they like any of these things, or how strong their response is. However, I like it as a thing – after all, it resembles something we did here. Check out our About the Authors page! I think we were also trying to lay out some of our geek cred by listing our favorites. How else do you decide or judge? Geek and nerd is so heavily tied into knowledge, experience, and passions, that a list of favorites is maybe the best we can do.

So, instead of having an answer for you on the contestants of the King of the Nerds, we will join them in answering the questions on the show’s site!

David

Contestant Questionnaire:

1. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or Battlestar Galactica: Battlestar Galactica

2. World of Warcraft or Call of Duty: World of Warcraft

3. Math or Science: I think my favorite side of science was the math of it, so Math.

4. Edison or Tesla: I like the solid intellectual property stuff of Edison, but Tesla has the right mystique, you know?

5. Asteroids or Ms. PacMan: Asteroids

6. Favorite Superhero: Nightcrawler

7. Favorite VideoGame: Baldur’s Gate 2

8. Favorite TV Show: I’ve already answered BSG elsewhere… You know, the one I am happiest to own is Star Trek: TNG, so I’ll go with that.

9. Favorite Movie: Donnie Darko

10. Favorite Musician or Band: Danger Mouse or Rush

11. If you have a pet (what they are and what their name is): Merlin and Shadow!

12. The one celebrity/icon (past/present) you would have wanted on your team on the show: Joss Whedon

13. Aliens – Exist or Myth: I have been leaning toward myth lately – more on that later!

14. Favorite Game Show: Whose Line is it Anyway? (It’s a game show, right? Even if the points don’t matter?)

Holly

Contestant Questionnaire:

1. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or Battlestar Galactica: Battlestar Galactica

2. World of Warcraft or Call of Duty: World of Warcraft

3. Math or Science: Math

4. Edison or Tesla: Tesla

5. Asteroids or Ms. PacMan: Asteroids

6. Favorite Superhero:

7. Favorite VideoGame: A tie between Zelda and Final Fantasy… Ocharina of Time and Final Fantasy IV would be my favorites of those

8. Favorite TV Show: Everything Joss Whedon? Don’t make me choose between Buffy and Firefly, especially!

9. Favorite Movie: If I have to choose? My Neighbor Totoro. That is the movie where, if there was nothing else to watch, I would watch that.

10. Favorite Musician or Band: Muse

11. If you have a pet (what they are and what their name is): Merlin and Shadow!

12. The one celebrity/icon (past/present) you would have wanted on your team on the show: Felicia Day

13. Aliens – Exist or Myth: I believe in the possibility of aliens

14. Favorite Game Show: Project Runway

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