I'm dealing with subtle verbal battles going on in my social circle from my department. There is a single alpha male who, even though he's naturally pretty ugly, has done a good job of building up an image of a man and making fun of other people for stuff. He's got a lot of "cool" things going for him: plays electric guitar in our band, knows a lot about music, is tall and plays basketball very well, etc.
Alpha male in my group keeps making fun of me in group for having read game
This guy will take shots at the appropriate people like me from time to time to stay in power. I'm socially weak but learning, I need to get more experience. I take shots at him, but he's built up great defenses it seems. Meanwhile, he's got all the right uncool things about each person in our group seemingly memorized to make fun of them.
I told him a while back when he was talking about game that I was pretty intensely into it for a while, even though I never did much with it. Gave him a great weapon there. Now he uses it against me all the time. It has all these associations of weirdness and creepiness associated with it. Makes me look bad in our social circle even though I don't really react much, also I'm pretty cool but not known for bringing girls around, so people may think I have none. Even if I show a girl, he'll just bring up game and hurt my image.
Tonight I got pissed inside because I felt like I "lost" again in our social setting because of this. I think my reputation isn't good. I can't think of a good defense. I'm calmer now, and can look objectively at this stuff as just another game, he's strong and I respect him for that, but I'm damn tired of this one.
How would you guys deal with this? Am I overreacting?