Pro-Surfer May Love Gaming Too Much

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In a recent interview with Surfer magazine, pro-surfer Bruce Irons proudly told the mag that he's a gamer, just not a World of Warcraft gamer.

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"F—k no!" Irons told the writer after he broached the subject of World of Warcraft gaming. "I'm a geek, but I'm not that geeky.... But that other game... Call of Duty. F—k Yeah, I go and fight with kids online."

Irons, surfing's anti-hero, told the magazine that he gets so into his Call of Duty matches that he's had the cops called on him three times. The last time they showed up asking if he was beating his wife. That's when he decided to cut back on the hobby.

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[As read in the Bruce Iron's profile found in July's issue of Surfer]

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This is the problem with society today. Playing Call of Duty does not make you a geek, surfer-boy, nor does playing World of Warcraft.

I was out the other week and a friend of a friend interjected into a conversation about gaming with the line "That's soo geeky!". Now, if I hadn't had drink in me, I probably would have let it be but the way he said it and with the grease on my gears, I sprung into action with a "Whoa there! What's wrong with that?!". Of course, he tried to explain what was wrong with it but he was talking to someone that would be, by common definition, a geek. Suffice it to say, he didn't win the argument.

I'm terribly disappointed at how rejected and looked down upon gamers and other hobbyists still are. This article is a prime example of that. "I'm a geek, but I'm not that geeky" - the very utterance of that line means you can pat yourself on the back because you're not a geek at all. You're a surfer playing one of most popular and best selling pieces of entertainment in the last ten years, no more, no less.

On a final note, does anyone consider geeky to be more derogatory than nerdy?