nerd |nərd| noun informal
a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious : one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance.
• an intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession : he single-handedly changed the Zero image of the computer nerd into one of savvy Hero.
Ah, yes, nerds. These examples taken from the Oxford dictionary highlights both the stigma of being a “nerd”, as well as the more positive definition of the term that places the nerd at the forefront of his/her field of interest. As gamers, many of us find ourselves somewhere in between the two. Thankfully, in a world where technology is becoming increasingly prominent, the nerd stigma is receding, and it’s even becoming “cool” to be a nerd in some respects.