This is akin to Magic Cards, and Gaming hobbyists, which is really more a lifestyle for some. Agreed. One other thing I noticed is that the people who really throw themselves into the "nerd" subcultures seem to be really hypersexual. Some of the stories I've read/heard about the big D&D, anime, comic, live action RPG, etc. conventions would fit straight in HBO's Real Sex (the episodes with the really ugly people coupling furiously across the board, not the ones with the attractive model types).