Interesting thought of the day, why do nerds play video games? Is it because, as the article states, there are well defined societal rules?
Another explanation is that while nerds like to socialize, they are terrified of making social mistakes. This explains why they tend to avoid eye-contact – it is too easy to make the wrong eye contacts. Games let nerds interact socially, yet avoid mistakes via well-defined rules, and a social norm that all legal moves are “fair game.”
I think that’s a good explanation. By extension, maybe that is why nerds are more comfortable chatting online. There are less social cues to pick up when all you see are words.