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Re: beyond popularity #346538
15/06/07 06:08 PM
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hmm well ... hopping in on the previous discussion, it does not matter what the word is ... it matters in what context it is presented! I.E. you are a F%$%&^&* Nerd!! maybe be taken as an insult, while in the same line it could say Golleee! you are a F%^&* Nerd which is more like a compliment, thus I presume that we are not impressed with the general feel of that message ... in which case Barta is correct ... but hey she's the President after all


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Re: beyond popularity #346539
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Maybe, but the 'Nerd Test' is a whole lot more fun than insults are, right?


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Re: beyond popularity #346540
16/06/07 01:24 AM
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30 % Nerd, 13% Geek, 17% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored less than half in all three, earning you the title of: Joe Normal.

This is not to say that you don't have some Nerd, Geek or Dork inside of you--we all do, and you can see the percentages you have right above. This is just to say that none of those qualities stand out so much as to define you. Sure, you enjoy an episode of Star Trek now and again, and yeah, you kinda enjoyed a few classes back in the day. And, once in a while, you stumble while walking down the street even though there was nothing there to cause you to trip. But, for the most part, you look and act fairly typically, and aren't much of an outcast.

I'd say there's a fair chance someone asked you to take this test. In any event, fairly normal.



Re: beyond popularity #346541
16/06/07 06:36 PM
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Maybe, but the 'Nerd Test' is a whole lot more fun than insults are, right?




I think insults are relative to the situation and who is speaking them to you. If someone I know and like calls me a 'F**king nerd' I wouldn't bat an eyelid. If someone I dislike says it, even if I think they mean no malice, I wouldn't accept it.

Tougher on the internet with typed words, but emoticons sometimes help.

Anyway my anger word is 'fool' - someone calls me a fool I see red, almost irrelevant of the situation or how its said.

So I'm sure nerd or other such words can make certain others see red. Least I think so.

Re: beyond popularity #346542
16/06/07 10:26 PM
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Beyond divine divinity was something only a "geek" could love...divine divinity
would have been more popular if people knew how good it was.

I hope the new game has the same "charm" as divine Divinity.

in conclussion, bite me. sincerely rev.






Uh, i love those meta discussions based on interpretation and textual analysis.

He put the "geek" in quotation marks - so it´s very likely this was not meant as an insult.
Rather it probably shows he himself found the word not quite to it but stuck to it in the absence of a better term.

"geek" is used here most probably in the sense already suggested by s.o. before:
was something more for the folks interested in the inner mechanics of an RPG, not so much for s.o. like the "casual gamer" or s.o. who enjoys this genre rather for the ambient and story alone, which both is quite on the other end of the spectrum.

Btw., there´s s.th. to it - it´s also been my impression that the Larians put a lot of effort in the underlying rule system and it´s balancing, like the skill system.
In my personal opinion with some great fresh and original approaches on some elements done usually in a very standard and very traditional way.
( So here´s me, probably plain guilty of being one of those "geeks"! )

The dark and depressive setting coming along with it, on the other hand, was probably s.th. that rather turned a lot of common RPG folk off - esp. the lovers of the more bright ambient.


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"The Geek Thread" #346543
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The word 'geek' can still be used as an insult (to various degrees), but is not necessarily taken as such by the intended target (as an insult, it generally means the person using it is jealous or embarrassed because they don't know as much about computers or technology ).



Yep i understand, but i can simply say i am jealous of your knowledge about computers and games (it's not a joke), i don't need to say you are a geek.


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In some circles, being a geek is something to aspire to. For example, the magazine Maximum PC sometimes rates gadgets that it does not do a full review of as 'geek tested and approved (or disapproved)' and has had a couple quizzes, where you answer multiple choice questions and check your score to see how much of a geek you are (IIRC last year the categories were something like uber geek [never scored this high ], regular geek, geek in training or geek wannabe).



Which kind of questions ?
Serious questions about knowledge and abilities in the technology domains or stupid questions about your way of living like in most of the tests on the internet ?
Don't cry, you are a ubber geek for every member in this forum.


@ Ragon der Magier

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He put the "geek" in quotation marks - so it´s very likely this was not meant as an insult.
Rather it probably shows he himself found the word not quite to it but stuck to it in the absence of a better term.



I like your explanation.
English is not the native language for a lot of people in the forum and there are misunderstanding.


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was something more for the folks interested in the inner mechanics of an RPG, not so much for s.o. like the "casual gamer" or s.o. who enjoys this genre rather for the ambient and story alone, which both is quite on the other end of the spectrum.



I am "a casual gamer" and i liked Beyond Divinity as much as Divine Divinity.
The ambient and the story are pretty good in Beyond Divinity.
In my humble opinion, the story and the dialogs are better in Beyond Divinity than in Divine Divinity.


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The dark and depressive setting coming along with it, on the other hand, was probably s.th. that rather turned a lot of common RPG folk off - esp. the lovers of the more bright ambient.



Yep it is dark and depressive but the colours are really beautiful.
All the lovers of "Lord of the rings" were never bothered by the really dark and depressive story of the novel.


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( So here´s me, probably plain guilty of being one of those "geeks"! : )



If the Beyond Divinity lovers have to be called geeks, so i am also a geek.


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thus I presume that we are not impressed with the general feel of that message ... in which case Barta is correct ... but hey she's the President after all



It's too late but i want to thanks MeaCulpa for its support and for still calling me "the President".

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Re: "The Geek Thread" #346544
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Re: Maximum PC magazine's geek quiz
Which kind of questions ?
Serious questions about knowledge and abilities in the technology domains or stupid questions about your way of living like in most of the tests on the internet ?


The quiz consists of serious questions (though some of the available answers are not) and range from general tech knowledge to obscure minutia, including games and tech related pop culture. More specifically, topics include things like the features of video cards, chipsets and CPUs, etc, video codecs, optical disk standards (encryption, capacity, etc), the meaning of acronyms, and identification of pictures (usually of a motherboard component or some other electronics part). The few gaming questions can range from general knowledge (the name of the first RTS released for the PC, or the first FPS to support 3D hardware acceleration) to some feature of a MMORPG, which I usually don't get since I don't play them (one this year was easy to guess, though: the meaning of an exclamation point over the head of an NPC in World of Warcraft - new quest). Pop culture questions can be things like 'which of the following actors has not starred in a movie as a computer hacked?' or YouTube's maximum upload file size.


From this year's quiz;

5) Name one of the ingredients in Intel's new high-k dielectric gates:
a. Titanium
b. Hafnium
c. Adamantium
d. Blueberries

40) Which processor has the highest clock speed?
a. Core 2 Duo T7600
b. Athlon 64 FX-57
c. Pentium Extreme Edition 840
d. Celeron D 356

Re: "The Geek Thread" #346545
19/07/07 12:11 AM
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5 d . Definitively.



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Re: "The Geek Thread" #346546
22/09/07 10:26 PM
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Honestly one easy and probably cheap way to market the game is release it on steam (along with through retail stores of course). I can't tell you how tempting it is to buy games through steam. Not to mention it's convenient since you never need the CD in the drive with steam games (besides Bioshock, but that's because 2k is kinda dumb).

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