Once upon a time, we weren't Rider and Shiloh Strong. As much as our names already sound made-up, we had fantasy names, too. Rider was Javock -- a half-elf thief. Shiloh was a human cleric named Whiploh.
Thankfully for recovering childhood nerds like me, geeks have recently, finally, come into vogue. Witness the ambivalent, doughy sexiness of a Seth Rogen, or the oddly attractive post-pubescent cool of a Michael Cera