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Today in Nerd History | February 18

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 18th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

CONSTANTINE | 2005

In 2005, Constantine premiered in theaters. Constantine is a movie about a cynical exorcist who battles demons and Satan to save the soul of a woman’s twin sister.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The look of Hell was based on old footage of nuclear tests, specifically the sudden shockwave immediately after the blast that disintegrated anything in its path, hence the crumbling landscape.

  • The character of John Constantine was originally created by Alan Moore, during his run on DC Comics’ “Swamp Thing”. However, following his negative experience with Hollywood adaptations of his work, he decided to reject all money and credit from them, and gave all the royalties to the artist who drew the character with him.

  • The “Spear of Destiny” prop is the same one as used in Hellboy (2004).

SEVERANCE | 2022

In 2022, Severance premiered on Apple TV+. Severance is a sci-fi thriller series on that follows the employees of a corporation who undergo a procedure to separate their work and personal memories.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The series is based on a true story, inspired by creator Dan Erickson’s wish to disassociate from his 9 to 5 job.

  • The series was filmed out of order, which made it challenging for the actors to keep track of their characters’ memories and personalities.

  • Casting Christopher Walken as the mysterious Devon was John Turturro’s idea. He suggested Walken to Ben Stiller, who agreed and reached out to him.

HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST | 2022

Also in 2022, Horizon Forbidden West released for the PlayStation 4 & 5. Horizon Forbidden West is an action role-playing game that follows Aloy, a young hunter, as she explores a post-apocalyptic world full of dangerous machines and a mysterious plague.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The game features a dynamic weather system that affects the gameplay and the environment. For example, rain can create mudslides, snow can cover tracks, and storms can damage structures.

  • The game has a rich and intriguing story that continues from the previous game, Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy has to face a new threat called the Blight, which is a mysterious plague that affects the machines and the natural world.

  • The game uses the DualSense controller to create haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that mirror the movements of the machines and the weapons. For example, you can feel the tension of the bowstring, the recoil of the gun, and the heartbeat of the machine.

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