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Today in Nerd History | January 1

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 January 1st in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

​MEN IN BLACK | 1990

In 1990, the Men in Black premiered in comics with Men in Black #1. The short comic series was a science fiction story that featured agents who investigated and dealt with paranormal phenomena, such as aliens, demons, and monsters.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The comic book series was created and written by Lowell Cunningham, who got the idea from a friend who introduced him to the concept of government “men in black” who investigated UFO sightings.
  • The comic book series was originally published by Aircel Comics, which was later bought by Malibu Comics, which was then acquired by Marvel Comics. Marvel published a number of one-shot comics based on the movie franchise in 1997.
  • The comic book series had a different cast of characters than the movie franchise, such as Agent Ecks, who became a rogue agent after learning that the MIB sought to manipulate and reshape the world in their own image.

QUAKE | 1996

In 1996, Quake released on the PC. Quake is a groundbreaking, dark fantasy first-person shooter game by id Software that inspired many retro-style FPS games. It features a true 3D engine, a variety of weapons and enemies, four dimensions of medieval environments, and a soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Quake featured brand new lighting and graphics technology, using fully 3D polygonal graphics for the first time in a first-person shooter game. QuakeWorld, an update to Quake, revolutionized multiplayer gaming by introducing client-side prediction, which reduced lag and improved responsiveness.
  • Quake’s development was influenced by H.P. Lovecraft’s works, such as the Cthulhu Mythos and the Necronomicon. The game’s final boss, Shub-Niggurath, was named after a Lovecraftian deity.
  • Quake spawned a huge modding community, which created many custom maps, models, skins, weapons, and game modes. Some of the most popular mods were Team Fortress, Capture the Flag, Rocket Arena, and Quake Rally.

KALEIDOSCOPE | 2023

In 2023, Kaleidoscope premiered on Netflix. Kaleidoscope follows a master thief and his crew as they attempt a $7 billion heist, but face betrayal, greed and other threats along the way. The series has a unique format that allows viewers to watch the episodes in any order they want, creating different perspectives and experiences of the story.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The series has a unique structure, as you can watch the episodes in any order you want, as long as “White,” the heist episode, is the last one you see. That means there are 5,040 ways of watching the show.
  • The episode titles are colors, not numbers. The scripts were also color-coded, and the actors received the episode most relevant to their character first.
  • Rosaline Elbay, who plays Judy, Leo’s wife and partner in crime, set the show on fire, literally. She accidentally burned down a set while filming a scene where she had to light a match.




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