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Today in Nerd History | March 17

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 17th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

CASTLEVANIA: BLOODLINES | 1994

In 1994, Castlevania: Bloodlines released for the SEGA Genesis. Castlevania: Bloodlines is a platform game, where two vampire hunters travel across Europe to stop Dracula’s resurrection during World War I.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • GamesRadar named Castlevania: Bloodlines the 8th best Genesis game of all time out of a list of 25.

  • Game Informer‘s Tim Turi praised the level of gore relative to other Castlevania titles at the time. He also called it “one of the most overlooked treasures in the franchise.”

HOGAN V. ROCK | 2002

In 2002, Hulk Hogan faced-off against The Rock at WrestleMania X8, in a match dubbed “Icon vs. Icon” that The Rock won after delivering three rock bottoms to Hogan.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The match was originally planned to have The Rock as the face and Hogan as the heel, but the crowd reaction was so overwhelmingly in favor of Hogan that they had to improvise and switch roles in the middle of the match.

  • The match drew a record-breaking attendance of 68,237 fans at the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada, making it the second highest attended WrestleMania ever.

  • The match was voted as the Match of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and received a four-star rating by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

PUNK’D | 2003

In 2003, Punk’d premiered on MTV. Punk’d is a hidden camera show that pranks famous celebrities with the help of Ashton Kutcher and his crew.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show ran for 11 seasons from 2003 to 2020, with different hosts such as Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and various celebrities on BET.

  • Kutcher once announced that he was cancelling the show after the second season, but it was actually a prank on the public and the media.

  • Justin Timberlake was the first celebrity to be punk’d on the show, and he cried when he thought he was losing his house, his belongings, and his dog.

iZOMBIE | 2015

In 2015, iZombie premiered on The CW. iZombie is a TV series about a medical resident who becomes a zombie and uses her new abilities to help solve crimes by eating the brains of murder victims.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show is based on a comic book series of the same name, but it changed a lot of things from the original source material, such as the main character’s name, occupation, and personality.

  • The brains that Liv and Blaine eat on the show are made of gelatin and taste very bad. The actors have to use spit buckets after each scene where they eat brains.

  • The show’s creators named Liv’s zombie state “Romero” after George A. Romero, the director of the classic zombie film Night of the Living Dead.

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