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Today in Nerd History | February 15

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on February 15th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB | 1985

In 1985, The Breakfast Club released in theaters. The Breakfast Club is an American indie teen coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes, starring five high school students from different cliques who bond during a Saturday detention.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The film was rehearsed like a stage play, with the actors spending three weeks memorizing the entire script.

  • The film’s original title was The Lunch Bunch, but it was changed to The Breakfast Club after John Hughes heard the nickname for detention at a local high school.

  • The film’s theme song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds, was written specifically for the movie and became a hit single.

  • The film was originally conceived as the first of a series of films, with the characters reuniting every decade, but the idea was scrapped after John Hughes and Judd Nelson had a falling out.

STREET FIGHTER II | 1991

In 1991, Street Fighter II released in arcades. Street Fighter II is a 2D fighting game developed by Capcom in 1991 that revolutionized the genre with its command-based special moves, multiple playable characters, and competitive multiplayer mode.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Combos were originally a bug and not an intended feature of the game. The developers discovered that some moves could be chained together by inputting the commands faster than normal, creating a continuous attack. They decided to keep this bug as a hidden technique for skilled players.

  • The names of the four bosses (Balrog, Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison) were different in the Japanese version of the game. The boxer was originally called M. Bison, a play on the name of Mike Tyson, but Capcom changed it to avoid a lawsuit in the American market. The names of the other three bosses were shuffled accordingly.

  • The game was the first to feature extensive backstories for each character, which were revealed in the endings after defeating the final boss. Some of these stories were later adapted into an animated movie, which was a hit in Japan and received positive reviews from critics.

PLAYSTATION VITA | 2012

In 2012, the PlayStation Vita handheld premiered. Released by Sony, it featured a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, two analog sticks, and various online services.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • It was backward compatible with the PlayStation Portable, but only for digital downloads.

  • There are 1,638 X, triangle, square and circle icons on the rear touchpad.

  • It also had a web browser and could make Skype calls.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY | 2019

In 2019, The Umbrella Academy premiered on Netflix. The Umbrella Academy is a series about a dysfunctional family of adopted superheroes who reunite to stop the apocalypse and uncover the secrets of their past.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show is based on a comic book series written by Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance.

  • The show was filmed in Toronto, Canada, and some scenes were very cold, such as the funeral scene, which was shot at negative 10 degrees with artificial rain.

  • Emmy Raver-Lampman, who plays Allison, is a Broadway star who has performed in Hamilton and Wicked.

DOOM PATROL | 2019

Also in 2019, Doom Patrol premiered on DC Universe (now a part of Max). Doom Patrol is a superhero television series that follows the adventures of a team of misfits who gained their powers through tragic circumstances and are shunned by society.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Doom Patrol debuted for DC Comics in 1963, three months before the X-Men at Marvel, and both teams feature outcasts of society with superpowers.

  • Doom Patrol features many bizarre villains, such as Mr. Nobody, a fourth-wall breaking narrator who can manipulate reality, and Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, a scientist who can transform into any combination of animals, plants, and minerals.

  • Robotman, the only member who has been in every version of the team, was originally called Automaton.

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