It took this story to entice me back to blogging.

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Although this may be old news to some, many of you might not know about this Gizmodo article by Alyssa Bereznak and her now famous date with a world champion Magic: the Gathering player, Jon Finkel. To further elaborate, Mr. Finkel is a top-level player of said fantasy trading card game (MTG for short), and even had a card printed with his likeness. Now throughout this article Ms. Bereznak desperately tries to soften us up by leading with factoids such as: she was drunk and signed up for OKCupid, an online dating site, she is a nerd so it’s cool to trash other nerds, and she is judgmental. Okay, point(s) taken, but this article truly made me angry. Not throw-a-television-through-a-plate-glass-window angry, more like a slight gnashing-of-teeth-and-rolling-of-the-eyes angry.


I mean, I consider myself a nerd, I really do, especially in light of this particular game, which I have been playing intermittently for over 15 years. I find that the players are quite diverse; some are business owners, some are lawyers, teachers, librarians, older, younger, even a girl or two, you name it. And I understand that her article was to be considered a treatise on how shallow we can be, especially when it is one nerd judging another. But Finkel? He’s a super nerd, a nerd god. I mean, a WORLD CHAMP? Do you even know how much these folks can earn playing a game? I am sure she wouldn’t look down her nose at a World Poker Champ, or someone who just won 100K playing pool, or bowling, so what is the deal? She even said this: “One person’s Magic is another person’s fingernail biting, and no profile in the world is deep enough to account for that.” So she wants online profiles to encapsulate everything about a person, every quirk, each foible, all of the diverse things you may be into, or do, should be listed. That is an insane idea, there is no way you could (or would want to) list everything in what should be a snapshot of yourself. The whole point is for people to be intrigued, to want to get to know you better, to fill in those mysterious gaps themselves. That’s the relationship part of the whole thing. Why even spend time with someone you already know EVERYTHING about? Where’s the fun in that?

As far as I am concerned, Ms. Bereznak, you deserve the Know Your Meme write up, and the nice card someone has immortalized you in. After all, beggars can’t be choosers.

Do not mess with Magic players.



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3 responses to “It took this story to entice me back to blogging.

  1. Great RE: to her article. Unfortunately even now, gamers and nerds get the short end of the stick when it comes to the regular public. They don’t understand that a nerd can be your lawyer, a nerd can be your doctor or your world championship poker player.

    Still, women like Bereznak get their jollies from ragging on a person who’s not shy about doing what he loves doing. There’s no shame in that. None at all.

    – JTM

    • theguybrarian

      I agree entirely that there is no shame in being a “nerd,” and that definition is getting broader by the day. Thank you for pointing out that a significant portion of our culture can be (and are) nerds, it is true that by trying to impose a pecking order you undermine your own position (in the case of Ms. Bereznak), not to mention alienate yourself from the community at large. I wish her good luck in finding a date on OKCupid now!

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