When I wrote about playing chess, it didn't evoke the kind negative comments I got when I wrote that I ordered World of Warcraft from Amazon.com. For example, Peter writes:
My suggestion: if you play WoW, and meet a woman somewhere else, do *not* tell her right away that you play the game unless she tells you that she plays it herself. Otherwise you'll risk ending the relationship before it even begins.
Apparently, as nerdy as Chess is, WoW is a whole level of nerdiness beyond chess.
Or maybe it's that chess is for cool nerds while Wow is for loser nerds?
Perhaps Chess is perceived as an extreme mental challenge (although not necessarily as g-loaded as people think), while WoW is mostly perceived as vegetating in front of the computer monitor.
A list of other super-nerdy activities includes Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons, and playing the game Magic: The Gathering.
Why is Magic the Gathering nerdier than Scrabble? I suppose because women play Scrabble.
Science fiction/fantasy involving spaceships or Hobbits is nerdy, but vampires are not nerdy because girls like Vampires. Nor is science fiction involving time travel.