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20th Feb '17 4:12:07 PM jormis29
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' shows the characters playing D&D, and while a few details are off, it gets ''much'' more right than it gets wrong. Except for the adventure they play, every D&D product shown is real (albeit from a mix of different and largely incompatible editions), and even that adventure looks like something TSR might actually have published circa 1984. The gameplay is depicted in a mostly realistic manner (with the exceptions being mostly RuleOfFunny-driven), including some of the same questions Dungeon Masters often have to address from actual first-time players.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' shows the characters playing D&D, and while a few details are off, it gets ''much'' more right than it gets wrong. Except for the adventure they play, every D&D product shown is real (albeit from a mix of different and largely incompatible editions), and even that adventure looks like something TSR Creator/{{TSR}} might actually have published circa 1984. The gameplay is depicted in a mostly realistic manner (with the exceptions being mostly RuleOfFunny-driven), including some of the same questions Dungeon Masters often have to address from actual first-time players.
16th Feb '17 2:09:36 PM StFan
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* The only MMO Geeks ever play is ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Older shows will occasionally do something loosely parodying ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' or a more general parody, but... well, as expected, any video or computer game parody will be [[PacManFever to a real video game what]] ''[[PacManFever A Trip to the Moon]]'' [[PacManFever is to the Apollo program]]. They might as well just call them ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Video Game]]''. Judging by subscriber stats, this one is borderline TruthInTelevision.
** The main character's online avatar will either be a hulking, muscular swordsman who looks like either [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] or [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]], or a beautiful woman. The gender of the character does not affect which of those choices they take, but expect the male character playing a female character to be played for laughs and/or the idea that the character secretly wants to be a woman. It will always be a human, an elf, or too heavily armored to determine its species.
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** The only MMO Geeks ever play is ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Older shows will occasionally do something loosely parodying ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' or a more general parody, but... well, as expected, any video or computer game parody will be [[PacManFever to a real video game what]] ''[[PacManFever A Trip to the Moon]]'' [[PacManFever is to the Apollo program]]. They might as well just call them ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Video Game]]''. Judging by subscriber stats, this one is borderline TruthInTelevision.
** The main character's online avatar will either be a hulking, muscular swordsman who looks like either [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] or [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]], or a beautiful woman. The gender of the character does not affect which of those choices they take, but expect the male character playing a female character to be played for laughs and/or the idea that the character secretly wants to be a woman. It will always be a human, an elf, or too heavily armored to determine its species.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', written by two tried-and-true geeks, to the point where almost everyone in the cast makes references far geekier than anything that would be considered geeky in another show. This is even mentioned in the commentaries during the episode O.R.B. From Creator/AleisterCrowley, to Literature/{{Fantomas}}, to Creator/OscarWilde. It's a love-letter to late-19th / early 20th century culture; or, as they say, "things that [[DocHammer Doc]] likes."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', written by two tried-and-true geeks, to the point where almost everyone in the cast makes references far geekier than anything that would be considered geeky in another show. This is even mentioned in the commentaries during the episode O.R.B. From Creator/AleisterCrowley, to Literature/{{Fantomas}}, to Creator/OscarWilde. It's a love-letter to late-19th / early 20th century culture; or, as they say, "things that [[DocHammer Doc]] Creator/{{Doc|Hammer}} likes."



26th Nov '16 1:23:57 PM eroock
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There is a very specific set of interests that Hollywood ascribes to anybody who is identified as a {{nerd}}, dork, {{geek}}, dweeb, [[TotallyRadical spazzoid]], what have you. Not only is that the Holy Canon of Geek Interests, but for some reason, ''every geek'' is obsessed with not one, or some, but ''all of them''. The only time ([[OneOfUs mostly]]) any shows [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] that last part, it's to make a joke where [[HypocriticalHumor one stereotype calls another stereotype a dork]] for liking one geeky thing instead of another geeky thing ''([[InternetBackdraft cough]])'', which of course never happens in real life ''([[CoughSnarkCough cough]])''.

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There is a very specific set of interests that Hollywood ascribes to anybody who is identified as a {{nerd}}, [[http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/nerd-venn-diagram-20110626-192132.jpg nerd, dork, {{geek}}, dweeb, geek, dweeb]], [[TotallyRadical spazzoid]], what have you. Not only is that the Holy Canon of Geek Interests, but for some reason, ''every geek'' is obsessed with not one, or some, but ''all of them''. The only time ([[OneOfUs mostly]]) any shows [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] that last part, it's to make a joke where [[HypocriticalHumor one stereotype calls another stereotype a dork]] for liking one geeky thing instead of another geeky thing ''([[InternetBackdraft cough]])'', which of course never happens in real life ''([[CoughSnarkCough cough]])''.
24th Oct '16 9:27:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has turned GeneRoddenberry into some kind of patron saint of [[NerdsAreVirgins male virginity]]. Every geek in fiction can speak Klingon, name every species in the Federation, draw a diagram of the original Enterprise freehand, and fight with a Bat'Leth ''if you know what that even is''.[[note]]It's a Klingon blade weapon[[/note]]. Expect:

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has turned GeneRoddenberry Creator/GeneRoddenberry into some kind of patron saint of [[NerdsAreVirgins male virginity]]. Every geek in fiction can speak Klingon, name every species in the Federation, draw a diagram of the original Enterprise freehand, and fight with a Bat'Leth ''if you know what that even is''.[[note]]It's a Klingon blade weapon[[/note]]. Expect:
18th Oct '16 3:50:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''FreaksAndGeeks'': Written by, well, freaks and geeks. Including, among other things, period-accurate Dungeons and Dragons played accurately. Interestingly enough it doesn't really stereotype any particular group with everyone from jocks to hippies to somewhat naively well-meaning guidance counselors all getting enough depth and understanding to explain them as more than just a poorly understood straw man for their particular subculture.

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* ''FreaksAndGeeks'': ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'': Written by, well, freaks and geeks. Including, among other things, period-accurate Dungeons and Dragons played accurately. Interestingly enough it doesn't really stereotype any particular group with everyone from jocks to hippies to somewhat naively well-meaning guidance counselors all getting enough depth and understanding to explain them as more than just a poorly understood straw man for their particular subculture.
31st Jul '16 10:51:57 AM nombretomado
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* There are no DCComics heroes that were not created in the Silver Age. Etrigan? [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]? A GreenLantern who is not a WASP? What vivid imagination you have, you NERD!

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* There are no DCComics Creator/DCComics heroes that were not created in the Silver Age. Etrigan? [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]? A GreenLantern who is not a WASP? What vivid imagination you have, you NERD!
17th Jun '16 3:23:25 AM Doug86
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* There are no ComicBook/{{X-Men}} other than Cyclops, {{Wolverine}}, Professor X, Nightcrawler, Storm, Jean Grey (a.k.a. Marvel Girl or Phoenix), and, if we're lucky, Gambit and Rogue. Because everyone remembers [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} the animated series]] and some people saw [[Film/{{X-Men}} the movies]]... more often than not, however, WolverinePublicity wins out every time. There exist no X-Villains besides Magneto, Sabertooth and Mystique, and they are always affiliated with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.[[note]]Mystique was in '''a''' Brotherhood only once and it quickly turned into the government-sponsored Freedom Force. She mostly operated solo after the 1970s ended, Sabertooth never was in ANY iteration of the Brotherhood, with or without the name, but ChronicBackstabbingDisorder does not make good referential jokes, does it?[[/note]] There may also be a character actually ''named'' X-Man.[[note]] Though that won't be a reference to Nate Grey (who starred in a comic called ''X-Man'' but didn't actually call himself that) but rather a case of research failure.[[/note]]

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* There are no ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen other than Cyclops, {{Wolverine}}, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Professor X, Nightcrawler, Storm, Jean Grey (a.k.a. Marvel Girl or Phoenix), and, if we're lucky, Gambit and Rogue. Because everyone remembers [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} [[WesternAnimation/XMen the animated series]] and some people saw [[Film/{{X-Men}} [[Film/XMen the movies]]... more often than not, however, WolverinePublicity wins out every time. There exist no X-Villains besides Magneto, Sabertooth and Mystique, and they are always affiliated with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.[[note]]Mystique was in '''a''' Brotherhood only once and it quickly turned into the government-sponsored Freedom Force. She mostly operated solo after the 1970s ended, Sabertooth never was in ANY iteration of the Brotherhood, with or without the name, but ChronicBackstabbingDisorder does not make good referential jokes, does it?[[/note]] There may also be a character actually ''named'' X-Man.[[note]] Though that won't be a reference to Nate Grey (who starred in a comic called ''X-Man'' but didn't actually call himself that) but rather a case of research failure.[[/note]]
16th May '16 1:55:08 PM Doug86
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** The main character's online avatar will either be a hulking, muscular swordsman who looks like either [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] or [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]], or a beautiful woman. The gender of the character does not affect which of those choices they take, but expect the male character playing a female character to be played for laughs and/or the idea that the character secretly wants to be a woman. It will always be a human, an elf, or too heavily armored to determine its species.

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** The main character's online avatar will either be a hulking, muscular swordsman who looks like either [[ConanTheBarbarian [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] or [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]], or a beautiful woman. The gender of the character does not affect which of those choices they take, but expect the male character playing a female character to be played for laughs and/or the idea that the character secretly wants to be a woman. It will always be a human, an elf, or too heavily armored to determine its species.
11th May '16 1:39:37 PM erforce
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** The guys are also fans of ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles,'' ''Star Trek,'' ([[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original]] and [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]) and ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Creator/StanLee, Creator/LeonardNimoy, Creator/KateeSackhoff, and Creator/SummerGlau also make guest appearances. Creator/WilWheaton makes regular appearances.

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** The guys are also fans of ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles,'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles,'' ''Star Trek,'' ([[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original]] and [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]) and ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Creator/StanLee, Creator/LeonardNimoy, Creator/KateeSackhoff, and Creator/SummerGlau also make guest appearances. Creator/WilWheaton makes regular appearances.



* The final episode of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' included a brief appearance by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' -- including the actual 3rd edition PHB -- and the depiction of how the game plays is spot-on:

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* The final episode of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' included a brief appearance by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' -- including the actual 3rd edition PHB -- and the depiction of how the game plays is spot-on:
19th Apr '16 3:45:04 PM PDL
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* When it comes to VideoGames, all geeks will play UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000. Unless they've caught PacManFever and still play 8-bit games. These days they've started mentioning ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' (for [[MurderSimulators its bad influences]]) and ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.

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* When it comes to VideoGames, all one game genre geeks usually will play UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000. Unless they've caught PacManFever and still play 8-bit games. These days they've started mentioning ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' (for [[MurderSimulators its bad influences]]) and ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
* The other main genre of games that are commonly mentioned is the [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO RPG]]. With ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' as the main example of a specific game.
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