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Today in Nerd History | March 16

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 March 16th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

EVERQUEST | 1999

In 1999, EverQuest released on the PC. EverQuest is a 3D fantasy-themed MMORPG that is considered one of the pioneers and most influential games in the genre.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • EverQuest was originally called EverQuest: The Ruins of Kunark and was intended to be an expansion for an earlier game called WarWizard.

  • EverQuest was so popular that it caused many players to neglect their real-life obligations, leading to the term EverCrack. Some players even sued Sony for making the game too addictive.

  • EverQuest has had 28 expansions since its launch in 1999, making it one of the longest-running and most updated MMORPGs in history. The latest expansion, Claws of Veeshan, was released in December 2020.

TOMB RAIDER | 2018

In 2018, Tomb Raider premiered in theaters. Tomb Raider is an action-adventure film starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, who embarks on a perilous journey to her father’s last-known destination, hoping to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Alicia Vikander, who plays Lara Croft, had to undergo intense physical training for the role, including boxing, climbing, swimming, and archery.

  • Vikander also performed most of her own stunts, despite being afraid of heights.

  • The movie features a cameo by Nick Frost, who plays a pawn shop owner. He improvised most of his dialogue with Vikande.

TUNIC | 2022

In 2022, TUNIC released on PC and Xbox systems. TUNIC is an isometric action game about a small fox on a big adventure in an unforgiving world, inspired by classic Zelda games and Souls-like combat.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • TUNIC is developed by a single person, Andrew Shouldice, who is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • TUNIC features a minimalist design and a wordless narrative, leaving much of the game’s story and lore to the player’s imagination.
  • TUNIC’s soundtrack is composed by Terence Lee, who also worked on the music for Celeste and Rogue Legacy.

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