GenCon was a relatively mellow event considering the many thousands of folks attending. However, I did get to see one really good Nerd Rage event that I think exemplifies all that is geeks being social. Please allow me to set the scene:
A quiet movie room, the movies are running a little behind, about 10 minutes. It is 12:10 am and the final movie was supposed to start at midnight - a classic D-grade horror flick Mother's Day. The current show is a series of horror shorts, each 5-10 minutes. The final one comes on: The Meat Eater, it's, umm over quickly enough and the Gencon employee goes to switch out the movies.
A voice from the back of the room: "Hey, what are you doing?" Well, obviously the movies are being changed out, cause the last movie has gone to credits. Up from the seat comes the view, "I asked what you are doing?" Nate chimes in: "putting in Mother's Day," he is ignored. Now the bruiser (not, not really but he is rather large, maybe 6'2" and sporting a dedicated nerd's body, so probably 285+lbs) is demanding to know if the movie belongs to the employee - no dumbass, it doesn't she's just doing her job. At this point, we are all informed that there are important plot points in the credits - and here I thought the important plot point was that the movie was over. The berating goes on for a good 5 minutes, but now includes several GenCon employees - of course this is after midnight, so the supervisor has long since gone home. We've also clearly established that the physical copy of these horror shorts does not belong to any of the employees, who are simply doing their job and that the showings are already behind schedule.
Whatever dude, Mother's Day was much funnier and more interesting that the 7-minute horror short that just finished, no matter how many plot points were revealed in the credits (I've had 10 second dreams that had more plot points).
On the flip side of nerd rage is nerd pity. A *nice* GenCon staffer begins talking. This takes the form of being told that my bag, that is sitting at the side of my chair, pinned between a window, my chair and Jason's chair, though not actually touching my chair and with a very small path available to get to it, is too far away and that I need to move it closer because somebody might steal it. Ok, I'm at a convention with 20-25-30k people, if I leave a bag on a table or even in a chair, I could see somebody grabbing it. But seriously, the guy sitting at the table next to us, with his shoes off and feet in his chair really needed to put his shoes on - cause you never know what people bring in from the street - /facepalm. One of the best quotes of the week comes from him, "how long do I have to put my shoes on?"
The next day, I see the same staffer telling a man in a wheelchair to move to the side of the hallway so that he didn't get run over - you know the dangers of stampeding nerds.