Some might suggest that video games in general are nerdy. Indeed, there's long been an image of gamers as lonesters passionately enjoying fantasy games that feed their imaginations and tickle their nerdy fancies. In the past decade or so, however, that image has changed. We now view gaming as an engaging, social activity more often than not, and it's lost some of its nerdy associations.
But what if you want to be a gaming nerd, not in the sense of being a loner or antisocial (as some misunderstand the term "nerd" to indicate), but in the sense of playing a game that packs some intellectual punch? What if you want to challenge yourself with an intricate puzzle or brain-teasing activity rather than just zone out with a shooter or collaborate with friends in an MMO? If that applies to you, here are five fun, accessible, and totally nerdy games to enjoy for the rest of the summer.