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Power Member - Level 9
I've always embraced my inner nerd. Life's more fun when you don't care if people think it's stupid that you don't care about sports or can name off every 1st Generation Pokémon there is. Accepting that fate for so long has caused me to subconsciously do nerdy things. Besides the simple things (like doodling Pikachu in class or speaking really fast about gaming terms that no one else knows), there are some major things I've done in my lifetime, and I'm going to tell you about one of them.
It was about a year ago. My friend and I were constantly talking about getting together sometime and Pokémon battling. The only problem was that he was ALWAYS busy. Being the true nerd I am, I had way too much free time around then, but if it didn't work out for him, it didn't matter.
However, one day I had an idea. We each picked six Pokémon for a team, chose their movesets, and started thinking about strategies. The next day I came to school with their stats written down, the damage calculation formula memorized, about 10 blank sheets of paper, and a calculator at the ready. We commenced our Pokémon battle.
It lasted for a week at least. We spent every minute of our free time (and a couple minutes that weren't free time) picking moves and painstakingly plugging and chugging the numbers into the calculator. Eventually the HP of our Pokémon had been erased and re-written so much that we had to get a special page just for the Health. My Torterra's HP had to get a new stack at least 3 times because I kept using Synthesis with Leftovers to keep him at full HP. We must have gone through at least 2 pencils, and we spent every minute we weren't playing strategizing and planning out our every move. Needless to say, it was epic.
Eventually I triumphed. My extensive knowledge of how to build and use a reliable team had payed through in the end. I triumphantly stood up in my seat and let out a victory cry. When asked what happened, my response was probably something like this:
"Oh my gosh I just Swords Danced my Marowak then used Double Edge to take out Gyarados in ONE HIT! And because of Rock Head I took no recoil so the next turn he sent out his Staraptor and BOOM! Stone Edge!"
You would not believe how many weird looks I got. It didn't help that we were in the middle of study hall. And for all you who were curious, the Pokémon damage calculation formula is this:
Damage = (((2 * Level / 5 + 2) * Attacker's Attack * Attack Power / Defender's Defense) / 50 + 2) * Same Type Attack Boost (STAB) * Weakness or Resistence * Random Number between 85 and 100 / 100
And that, my friends, is my greatest achievement as a nerd. What's the nerdiest thing you've ever done?
That's the essence of a gaming nerd. I can still name all the original pokemon too. It was the only generation worth remembering(along with 2nd gen).
Me and a buddy got pissed at our dates at junior prom and played Magic the Gathering in the parking lot instead...
Nerdiest thing I've done... In 9th Grade I went to school on Halloween dressed as the Joker. I was the only one in a costume.