So, over in the "Best Geek Quote" thread, Dave Hale brought up a fantastic argumenthe had engaged in over the spelling/pronunciation of "Inigo Montoya's" (from "The Princess Bride") name.
And I quote:
A Little off-topic, but I once got into an argument with a friend who called him Indigo (added a D). So I corrected them and verified I was right by watching the credits. They then claimed that in book, which they've read many times (I have never read it), he is called Indigo, with the D so the director must have changed it for the movie. That's when I searched Google Books and showed them I was right, he never had a D in his name.
But as for quotes, I can't really think of any right now, that haven't already been mentioned.
I have also had a similar argument, and being correct was sufficiently pleasing (as it often is in Geek debates).
So, it got me thinking. There are so many arguments and issues that exist in geek culture and the breadth and depth of the geeky subcultures that sit beneath it. This D&D rules debates, who shot first, who is the best Doctor Who...
There are also indisputable facts. (i.e. Jar-Jar)
So, share with us your finest geek victories and your worst defeats on the debating ground of significant detail and minor inconsequence. What are the best geek arguments you've had.
If you are looking for inspiration, GeekDad has covered many of the "Great Geek Debates" and you can get the whole list by clicking this link.
ARG! You beat me to it! I'll go delete mine. :-)
It is a competitive world this one of forum discussion beginnings...
XBox vs PS3. (BTW, XBox wins.)
I'll expand on this at some point.
So, so true. We waited for so long to get a PS3, and now that we have one, it sits in the bedroom as a glorified Blu-ray/Netflix/Hulu machine. I think my wife played Kingdom of Amalamadoradingdong (or whatever it's called) for a few weeks before giving up on it. Since then, nothing.
The Xbox 360, though? I use it all the time for all sorts of great stuff. And XBLA beats the pants off the PSN.
...although I have heard that Journey is good. But I don't view exclusive game content as a true determiner of system quality.
And the PC dominates.
Well, I just have to say that ...
wait ... just a minute ...
brb, I need to download and apply these patches.
This example isn't really geeky, per se, and the topic itself can actually be quite political and emotionally charged so I'm not even going to say what the actual argument was. However, I was particularly proud of my response to my friend's argument.
I had asked him for his sources that led him to his viewpoint. He basically said "You're a smart man, I know you can find them." I don't accept that cop-out of a response so I responded with:
"The problem with your argument, (name redacted), is that the burden of proof lies squarely on your shoulders. You sound like a prosecutor saying the defendent is guilty, and when the judge asks to see the evidence, you say, "the defense attorney is a smart man, I'm sure he'll ignore logic, reason, and the evidence he has acquired, and realize I'm right..." Cite some reliable sources and back up your claims"
Now, its been a week and he has yet to respond but I don't want to necessarily say that I have won, because I know that his wife doesn't like it when he debates political issues and for all I know, she has asked him not to continue the debate. But my response was quite pleasing to me. :-)
I think the phrase we're looking for is, "Oh, snap!"
I had a hippie-type boss for awhile, she would berate me and my coworkers that were hunters and claim that all hunting should be stooped and "cute animals" left alone immediately. I tried to explain to her the importance of hunting for population control due to the loss of predation, she refused to listen so I put together a report of around 5000 words and ten or so pages on the catastrophic crash that would result from her plan. That report was later published in a local journal. Needless to say I won the argument, or at least shut her up.
I've had a friendly debate on many occasions of who would win in a fight (Who hasn't had this argument?) With the two contenders being Batman vs. James Bond.
I say Batman because America! (just kidding)
Batman because he is self made, vigilante, solo crime fighter instead of just one of an organization of spies with a team of inventors to create the gadgets, etc.
Batman. No contest.