The world's geekiest tournaments

From magic cards to BattleBots, we race through the world's dorkiest contests

By , Network World |  Offbeat, geek, slideshow

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We humans are competitive creatures. We compete over food, money, mates and social status. In fact, we're so competitive that when we run out of serious things to compete over, we start competing over trivial nonsense. Most often, such trivial nonsense tends to fall on the geekier side of the spectrum – in other words, anything involving elf mages, killer robots or alien warlords is likely to inspire a pointless competition somewhere at some point in time. In this slideshow, we'll examine the seven geekiest competitions out there today, from battling robots to competitive hand gesturing.

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