Nowadays the word “geek” is tossed around everywhere in the cyber community – while the label itself actually refers to a wide range of interests including video games, comic books and TV shows, the “geek” label is rising in popularity as people willingly identify themselves as a geek. Due to the new and hot trend of geekdom, associations like Geek Apocalypse have organized events and conventions to educate children and young adults on all things geek !
On 22nd February, the founders of Geek Apocalypse teamed up with companies like Travelling Man, Forbidden Planet and Ubisoft to host the convention Geek Fest 2014 . The convention was dedicated to ages 8-21 with family involvement and the idea was to encourage children and young adults to try out games like Warhammer, magic the gathering, ticket to Ride, Munchkin and Get Bit!. People often have the misconception that geeks are loners or basement dwellers, but these games prove that geeks can be social in their community as well, since the games can be played with a group of people. Other than explaining the fun behind these games, the founders also organized a live Geek Apocalypse podcast, which involved guest speakers like Josh Heyde from Ubisoft and Nigel Auchterlounie, who runs Dennis the Menace to be asked about their industries and offer advice to aspiring geeks in these fields who are considering these jobs as a career.
For more information on Geek Apocalypse, the founders have been releasing podcasts since 27th March, 2013 in order to create an outlet where geeks from all corners of the world can unite and talk about their passions and interests. The podcast has included a range of guest speakers in the past, which include local upcoming talent and well-known people such as Chris Barrie and Robert Lewellyn from Red Dwarf, a Ubisoft programmer, independent video game artists, comic book artists and board/card game designers such as Andrew Hackard and John Kovalic.
In the past the word “geek” used to be a derogatory term which had a direct association with socially awkward people, but nowadays the term is associated with smart, rich and successful people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. People used to shy away from the term, but no w everyone aspires to be a “geek” due to these positive role models! Geek Apocalypse founder Steven Hesse was interviewed by BBC radio about the changing of the word geek and says about the term that ‘geek was never meant the term unfashionable and social inept person that it is defined as in the dictionary. It always meant being different as in embracing being an individual and we all are different in what we like, love and are interested in, but we are all interested and geeky about something and share our experiences with other people. It is not what you love its how you love it, and its a far more enjoyable experience being allowed to love what we love and we are asked to be included and encouraged to pursue it by the same like minded people. Geeks are very inclusive, not exclusive, its a very common misconception’.
The next event that Geek Apocalypse is doing is live album recording in 22nd March featuring parody comedian and Edinburgh fringe performer Stephen Friz Frizzle. You can find more info by going on www.geekapocalypse.com and follow them on twitter @geek_apocalypse