I give reviews of games,and i am pretty damm good at gaming.I keep becoming good at new genres of games.
I didn't used to be good at some survival horrors,and yet i can beat games like resident evil code veronica x without cheating.
I'm sure the nerd has some gaming experience.Everybody who plays games daily has gaming experience.There are different types of experience:
Rpgs:Lots of talking,exploring and learning what to do
Fps:Even a game like tis one which requires less attempts at figuring out what the hell to do,has some strategy required.
Survival horror:This game requires a lot of tinking and strategy.I guarantee that you will be wondering around for hours trying to figure out what to do.
Platform games:Mario has some strategy required.Sure the story is far more simple and kid friendly,but its also enjoyable by adults too.