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Today in Nerd History | March 24

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 24th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

THE WIND WAKER | 2004

In 2004, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker released in the US on the Nintendo GameCube. The Wind Waker is an action-adventure game where the player, as the protagonist Link, navigates a vast sea of islands to save his sister and battle the sorcerer Ganon.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Initially met with criticism, the game’s distinctive cel-shaded visuals have been praised for their enduring appeal and ability to age gracefully.

  • Players can discover numerous secrets, such as healing broken signs with a specific melody, much like in Ocarina of Time.

  • The Wind Waker, which Link uses to conduct the winds, was originally conceptualized as a theremin, but was later changed to the baton we see in the final game.

PSP | 2005

In 2005, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) debuted. The PSP is a handheld game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, known for its multimedia capabilities and being the first handheld to use an optical disc format, the Universal Media Disc.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The PSP was a pioneer in portable gaming with its built-in Wi-Fi and web browsing capabilities, allowing users to surf the internet and download multimedia files.

  • It was the most powerful portable console at its launch and was the first real competitor to Nintendo’s handheld consoles.

  • The PSP had a 10-year lifespan during which it sold around 80 million units.

THE OFFICE | 2005

Also in 2005, the American version of The Office premiered on NBC. The Office is an American mockumentary sitcom that humorously depicts the day-to-day work life of employees at the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show was filmed in a real office building at the Chandler Valley Center Studios in Van Nuys, California.

  • During Season 1, the cast was asked to bring paperwork to do on set, and starting in Season 2, the computers in the office were connected to the internet.

  • Jim’s proposal to Pam was the most expensive shot of the series, at roughly a quarter of a million dollars.

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