7 most geektastic ways to celebrate your inner geek

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Did you know there's a whole day just to celebrate the glory of geek culture? It's true, we devoted gamers and sci-fi movie lovers of the world made it up and now everyone has to celebrate on May 25th or get fed to the Sarlacc pit.

It all started with a gigantic game of live action Pac-Man in Spain back in '06, and now it's a hallowed tradition that is spreading far and wide. Sweden even held a parade to honor the day, and now its time for the U.S. and rest of the world to get up to speed and celebrate all things nerdtastic!

But what if the 25th has passed you ask? No worries, every day can be geek day if you let your geek flag fly high!

Here we explore seven ways you should be celebrating your inner geek (or maybe just going along with your geek spouse even if you aren't super enthused about the whole thing).

Drop Some Cash At Think Geek

After giving us the most glorious plumbus for April Fools, of course Think Geek has you absolutely covered for Greek Pride Day -- or any day, really.

His and hers Han and Leia hand towels? Check. Rolling BB8 car USB charger to fit in your cup holder? Double check. Bowing knight executive pen holder so you can always be the king of the office? Check and mate.

They also have contests going every Geek Pride Day with prize packs available for those who submit a photo showing off some real geekiness!

Try Your Hand At Cosplay

There's more to the way of the geek than just playing games or having video game knick knacks around the house. In fact, there's a whole huge culture based around crafting costumes and showing off your skills to make the rest of the room jealous.

We've covered some of the most jaw-dropping cosplays before from games like Smite or League Of Legends, but you don't need to be a level 95 seamstress or have a beach-ready bod to get into the practice.

Most people start with a trip down to the local Goodwill and a plan in mind for an easy way to try out a new character costume and work their way up from there.

Maybe one day with some dedication, you and your lucky offspring can come up with something as amazing as the Bioshock cosplay above!


Hold A Marathon Viewing

Now that you've got your cosplay skills all honed, it's time to put it to good use with a theme party! You know you've always wanted to try watching every single Harry Potter or Star Wars movie (well... not the prequels) back to back to back in one sitting.

There's no time like the present: whip up some themed invitations, rig some “floating” candles (probably don't light 'em though, cuz fire and all that), and have your guests show up with some licorice wands and every-flavor beans.

If that's not your speed, just imagine your home bedecked in destroyed Gears Of War form complete with cover points or done up like the underwater city of Rapture... the possibilities are endless!

Pimp Out Your Dice Set

Why not buy yourself a fancy new dice set so you are the envy of your gaming table and the bane of bare feet everywhere?

From those wicked metallic thorn dice to giant foam d20s, glow in the dark d6s, and even sets made from mammoth tusk and meteorite, there's some killer new dice waiting out there for you! Check out our full guide to buying the best of the best in dice right here.


Get Into Tabletop Gaming

Wait, wait, wait... you don't have a dice set yet? You don't even play Pathfinder at all?!?

While there's a ton of games of jump into for the console or PC crowd at any given moment, why not give the more social tabletop gaming a try?

You don't have to go full blown geek with LARPing (Live Action Role Playing), but there's a ton of fun to be had with friends and family around the table (or the couches, we aren't picky) for a few sessions of D&D.

High fantasy isn't your thing? That's no problem, because the world of roleplaying has exploded since Dungeons And Dragons hit the scene. From the grim dark future of the Warhammer 40K setting to the wackiness of Toon: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game, there's something for everyone: Gothic horror campaigns, tabletop games set in the Dragon Age or Dr. Who universes, zombie apocalypse simulators, steampunk titles and more are all waiting to be discovered.

Return To Your Saturday Morning Childhood

Remember all those really, really terrible animated series from the '80s and '90s based around gaming? They still exist, and quite a few of them have hit YouTube and other sites, as they never made the transition to the ultra advanced DVD technology. But those that did are usually super cheap on Amazon.

Today's a perfect day to fill a bowl of your favorite childhood cereal and watch some those wonderfully awful live action Mario Bros. intros that led into some baffling animation. Don't forget the Mega Man or D&D series either!


Get Drunk In Video Game Style

Saturday morning cartoons and Harry Potter movie marathons are all well and good, but we're adults now, so maybe you want to celebrate your inner geek in more adult style. No, I'm not about to link to some NSFW hentai games... I'm talking about getting sloshed, silly!

Make a shot/cocktail for every Pokemon in the Pokedex, stir together a Rainbow Road cocktail while you annihilate your Mario Kart competition, or celebrate the tragic (MASSIVE GAME OF THRONES SPOILER) death of Hodor with some mead that would make the northerners proud (END MASSIVE GAME OF THRONES SPOILER).

We've also got a complete guide to amazing gaming-themed drinks to check out right here.

Tell Us What YOU Plan TO Do!

I intend to try all seven of these methods for showing off my inner geek this Geek Pride Day – which one are you looking forward to checking out, and what did we miss that should have made the list?

Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to mention your best cosplays, geeky party ideas, and perfect gaming drinks!

Published May. 25th 2016

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Ty splits his time between writing horror fiction and writing about video games. After 25 years of gaming, Ty can firmly say that gaming peaked with Planescape Torment, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a soft spot for games like Baldur's Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. He has previously written for GamerU and MetalUnderground. He also writes for PortalMonkey covering gaming laptops and peripherals.


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