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Today in Nerd History | February 3

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 3rd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

MS. PAC-MAN | 1982

In 1982, Ms. Pac-Man premiered in arcades. Ms. Pac-Man is a popular arcade video game that features Pac-Man’s wife as the protagonist and introduces new mazes, bonus fruits, and ghosts to the original gameplay.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Ms. Pac-Man was originally a knock-off game called Crazy Otto, created by MIT students as an enhancement kit for Pac-Man arcade games.
  • Ms. Pac-Man’s name and marital status changed three times before launch, from Pac-Woman to Miss Pac-Man to Mrs. Pac-Man, before settling on Ms. Pac-Man.
  • Ms. Pac-Man is ranked as the #10 game of all time by Game Informer, and is widely regarded as superior to the original Pac-Man in terms of gameplay, variety, and challenge.
THE IT CROWD | 2006

In 2006, The IT Crowd premiered on Channel 4. The IT Crowd is a British sitcom that follows the comedic misadventures of three IT support workers and their clueless bosses at a fictional corporation.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show’s title sequence features a pixelated image of an office building, which was created using LEGO bricks.

  • The IT Crowd has a dedicated fan base, with many online communities and forums dedicated to discussing the show’s episodes, characters, and trivia. Fans have even organized IT Crowd-themed events and conventions to celebrate their love for the show.

  • The props on the sets and costumes worn by the characters include many ‘geeky’ computer references, such as T-shirts with slogans like “RTFM” (which stands for Read The Freaking Manual”) and “There’s no place like 127.0.0.1”

CHRONICLE | 2012

In 2012, Chronicle released in theaters. Chronicle is a movie about three high school students who develop telekinetic powers after encountering a mysterious object in a hole, and how their friendship and morality are tested by their new abilities.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie was shot in a found footage style, similar to movies like Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, adding a sense of realism to the story.

  • The movie had a budget of just $12 million, but grossed over $126 million worldwide, making it a huge financial success.

  • The movie focused on the psychological aspects of its characters, showcasing the consequences of power on the human psyche.

MURDERVILLE | 2022

In 2022, Murderville premiered on Netflix. Murderville is a Netflix comedy series starring Will Arnett as a detective who solves murders with clueless celebrity guest stars who have to improvise their way through the case.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Murderville is based on the BBC Three series Murder in Successville, which ran for three seasons and starred Tom Davis as a detective who solved crimes with clueless celebrities.

  • Murderville is objectively smaller in scale compared to Murder in Successville, which featured impersonators of well-known celebrities as the town’s residents and murder suspects.

  • The guest stars of Murderville are not given a script beforehand and have to improvise their way through the case as a junior detective, while Will Arnett plays the senior detective Terry Seattle.

KNOCK AT THE CABIN | 2023

In 2023, Knock at the Cabin released in theaters. Knock at the Cabin is a psychological horror film by M. Night Shyamalan, based on a novel by Paul Tremblay, about a family who must make a terrible choice when four strangers invade their cabin and claim to be saving the world.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The film employs a minimalist aesthetic, focusing on atmospheric tension rather than elaborate set designs. Shyamalan wanted to create a ’90s horror-thriller vibe, even filming with lenses from the period.

  • The opening credits feature a montage of disturbing drawings that depict the apocalyptic visions of the four strangers who invade the cabin. The drawings are scribbled on various official documents that relate to their backgrounds and professions.

  • Shyamalan makes a cameo appearance as the host of a cooking infomercial that the family watches in the cabin. He is seen preparing a dish called “Shyamalan Surprise” that involves a twist ingredient.

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