About the Manual

The Nerd Manual is meant to be both a useful resource for nerds and a guide for the people involved with nerds. If you're a nerd you can find information here that will help you improve your life and perhaps better understand yourself. If you're close friends with, dating, or married to a nerd, I want to give you insight into things nerds do that a lot of people have difficulty understanding.

I hope to avoid offending anyone--either nerd or non-nerd--but please understand that the manual will get into some sensitive topics, stray into contentious territories, and even use stereotypes to illustrate points. It's OK to disagree with something, but keep your comments civil.


Nerd Q&A: Arcades of the Future

Chris Ainsworth - TRON
What will arcades look like in the future?

This is a really cool question.

Judging by the fact that stand-alone arcades are nearly extinct--apart from a few high profile places that manage to stay alive to host tournament play, or are run by collectors with deep enough pockets to operate at a loss--I don’t think arcades will ever be as prominent as they were pre-1990s. So I imagine there will be some arcades that cater to nostalgic game players and tournament players, there will be digital gambling, and there will be arcades connected to establishments that offer additional services like cart racing and children’s entertainment.

What does this mean for the types of games in arcades? I think you’ll see arcades specialize, much like they already have, into a few groups: nostalgia, cutting edge adult, gambling, and heavy-duty child entertainment.

Types of arcades likely to survive into the future:


Build Your Own Death Star Christmas Tree Topper

Craineum's Death Star Super Laser
Do you wish you could have the awesome Hallmark Death Star topping your Christmas tree, but don't want to pay the 200% markup that eBay price gougers are charging?

Here's your chance to show the world how nerds handle scalpers!

Just head on over to Instructables where Craineum gives you step by step instructions to build your own Death Star.

Tree topper. Not--you know--a real Death Star.

Hoist your middle finger at Hallmark because Craineum's design not only lights up and plays sounds, but it includes a fiber optic super laser, motion sensor triggered sound effects, and it plays more than two pieces of music. If you're creative, you can make it do even more.