Geeking Out . . . or Not

Fanboy & Freakazoid

Fanboy & Freakazoid

Way back in March, I was asked what I ‘Geek Out’ on.  For those that don’t know the term, it means flipping out in ecstasy about a certain thing.  It could be a movie, a TV show, a book series, an author, a dog breed, bacon, gluten free, or whatever gets your heart so aflutter that you see angels.  Or see whatever it is you think you’d see when dying.  I don’t know.  I assume I’d see mountains of pizza that have been enchanted to help me lose weight and a writing cabin in the woods.  Have I wandered off the topic already?  Yes, so let me answer the question.

I truly have no idea if I’ve ever ‘Geeked Out’ entirely.  I get excited about things like the upcoming Jurassic World and James Bond movies.  Season finales of TV series that I like get a lot of attention.  Yet I don’t think I’ve ever gone full on, hyperventilating, everything else sucks Fanboy on anything.  It’s strange, but I honestly don’t think I have it in me for some reason.  At least not any more and younger me always felt like I had to restrain my happiness.  A lot of emotional bottling in those days.  Currently, I just can’t push myself that far.  I have an idea of where this came from and it actually stems from a specific fandom that will go unnamed.  Just got driven nuts by my friends who were into this thing and it actually made me realize that ‘Geeking Out’ has a downside.  At least when you’re doing it around people who aren’t on your wavelength.

Now, I have gotten obsessed over a few things to the point of making myself a wee bit batty and nearly taking a friend or two with me.  This tended to happen with video games and the best example is Prince of Persia: Warrior Within.  Specifically, this part:

That would be the Dhaka who is after the Prince to wipe him out of the timeline.  You don’t fight this thing until the end and only if you unlock a special weapon.  All you can do is run and the camera isn’t the nicest thing here.  One grab and you’re gone.  One stumble and you’re gone.  This chase took me hours and I had a friend on the phone when I was doing it because he just happened to call at that moment.  The Griffin and Queen were pains as bosses in this game and aggravated me because they were so cheap in the fights.  The Dhaka was a personal grudge match because of this chase.  Keep in mind that this is the 3rd one and he shows up at least 5 that I can think of.

Oh and a humorous part of this story:  The music you hear in the video is ‘I Stand Alone by Godsmack’, which played during every chase.  I was so obsessed with beating the Dhaka that my friend had some fun at my expense.  He changed his ringtone to the song when we hung out and would randomly set it off.  For months, I would jump to my feet and look around before I remembered I wasn’t playing the game.  Even now, I can’t hear that song without my heart racing a bit.

That’s probably the closest I’ve been to fully ‘Geeking Out’ over something.  Not really the same thing since it was built more on pride than joy.  Though I did get a lot of joy from winning that chase.  In fact, I had a save file for right before it and I’d do it again every now and then to make myself smile.  I really went off topic here.

So, what do you go ‘Fanboy/Fangirl’ over?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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22 Responses to Geeking Out . . . or Not

  1. Sounds like your friend did you a favor to call you up at that moment. Must have given you something to take your mind off the game, so you were finally able to beat it.

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  2. sknicholls says:

    I don’t watch much TV or listen to any music when I’m writing, but I have recently geeked out over vaping and being able to give up cigarettes. This whole vaping thing is a learning curve. I know I’m way off topic, but it’s what I’m excited about at the moment. I’ve learned to make my on ejuices and I’m learning to build my own coils so I don’t have to buy them. A pack used to cost me $6.00-$7.00 and now I am paying pennies for comparable. Learning about ohms, watts, and volts on electronic personal vaporizers (PVs) and rebuild-able mods for squonking. Oh yes, and a whole new language.

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  3. I almost met someone famous, at least relatively famous.
    Once Jimmy Vaughn, brother to the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughn, happened to be in the same place I was. With intentions to at least say, “Hi.” I headed toward him and his entourage. Before I got there, some three or more people had gathered to gush, and I did not want to be party to that. I can’t understand what makes some just loose it and almost have a conniption fit in those instances. Yeah, so they’re famous. They are still just people, and if one of them acts like they are more than that, any and all “geeking” should cease. Stuck up people have no right being revered.
    #WriteOn!
    — John

    P.S. I do get a bit passionate when telling about my stories, though.

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    • I agree. Always thought that it was rude and annoying to practically pounce on a celebrity in public. Feels rather invasive too. Too bad you didn’t get to say ‘hi’.

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      • I’ve noticed they do it online, too. I have Chloe Grace Moretz on Twitter, and Hugh Jackman on Facebook, and it’s annoying when they post or ask a question, only to have at least half the responses “I love you” or “You’re so beautiful” (to Miss Miretz, not Mr. Jackman), so when one such as I actually answers proper, it’s lost in the forest of brown-nosers… er, enthusiastic fan-peeps.

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      • I’m sure some people say Hugh Jackman is beautiful. 😉 It does seem like once a celebrity reveals they’re in the open, you get that strange mob. Reminds me of whack-a-mole for some reason.

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  4. I love that story, of the response the song by Godsmack evokes in you. It’s fun. I ‘geek out’ about so many things! It can be favourite authors, tv shows, characters, comics, movies. I’m a huge movie fan. I’m like a child on Christmas morning. It doesn’t take much to set me off either – like the time I first saw Optimus Prime on the big screen, I was bouncing around in my seat like a three year old! Or when they made Lord of the Rings and I talked about it incessantly for weeks, such was my joy. But I get what you mean about those not on the same wave length, and there’s certainly a down side to ‘geeking out.’

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  5. I can’t say I geek out but I do love cars and have had some pretty terrific rides. I wish I could have kept them all but it just wasn’t practical. So now I look on-line at them and remember moments when I had them.

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  6. L. Marie says:

    What a cool scene! I haven’t played Prince of Persia since the Gameboy Advance days! I really liked that game.

    I totally embarrassed myself when I met two authors I greatly admire: Katherine Paterson and Sharon Creech. I went into total fangirl mode–babbling nonstop and laughing in a giddy fashion. I also totally fangirled (if that’s a verb) when I met James and Oliver Phelps when they came to my town when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix debuted. I took a photo with them and just about died from geeking out.

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    • They definitely changed it since the early days. More wall running, leaping, and parkour stuff.

      I just remembered a near geeking out point, but not sure you can point at me. My wife get us tickets to the Jim Henson Experience and part of it was watching Labyrinth and a few other things. We watched with the guy who does the voice of Kermit now. We got to go up and get a signed Muppet picture. So I said hi and was nervous, but trying to keep the line moving. My wife kind of nudged me into telling the story about me having a prototype Gonzo toy when I was a kid. Felt kind of embarrassed.

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  7. mgill0627 says:

    I think the very first thing I really fangirl’d over was Gone With the Wind. My mom took me to see the movie for the first time when I was about 9 and I was obsessed. She wouldn’t let me read the book until I was twelve Like many people, I went crazy over Harry Potter too. I went to every midnight launch from Order of the Phoenix on, although I was way too old to geek out over suck a thing! Now I’ve moved on to Game of Thrones.

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    • Interesting first time. Especially when compared to Potter and GoT. You don’t hear about people geeking out over dramas these days. Seems it’s geared more for fantasy, action, superheroes, and other franchise stuff.

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