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Today in Nerd History | January 30

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 30th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

SILENT HILL | 1999

In 1999, Silent Hill released on PlayStation. Silent Hill is a survival horror game developed by Team Silent, a group in Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo and published by Konami, where the player controls Harry Mason as he searches for his missing daughter in the mysterious town of Silent Hill.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The streets of Silent Hill are named after horror authors, such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Robert Bloch.
  • The developers were outcasts who had worked on unsuccessful games and were on the verge of getting fired.
  • The game’s director, Keiichiro Toyama, drew inspiration from the film Jacob’s Ladder and the works of David Lynch.
THE SIMS | 2000

In 2000, The Sims released on PC. The Sims is a social simulation video game that allows players to create and control virtual people and manage their daily lives in a suburban setting.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The game was inspired by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a psychological theory that explains how people are motivated by different levels of needs.
  • The game’s language, Simlish, was created by mixing fragments of various real languages, such as Ukrainian, French, Latin, Finnish, and Tagalog.
  • The game became exceptionally popular with women, who accounted for more than 60% of the players.
TAKEN | 2009

In 2009, Taken released in theaters. Taken is an action-thriller film about a former CIA agent who uses his skills to rescue his daughter from human traffickers in Paris.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie was originally titled 96 Hours in France, L’Enlèvement in Quebec, and Busqueda Implacable in Latin America.
  • There was a real-life Bryan Mills who helped train Liam Neeson for the role. His name is Mick Gould, and he is a former SAS soldier and intelligence operative.
  • Famke Janssen, who plays Bryan’s ex-wife Lenore, was inspired by the movie to become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime. She works to raise awareness and fight against human trafficking.

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