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Today in Nerd History | March 4

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 4th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER | 1997

In 1997, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter released on the Nintendo 64. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a first-person shooter video game based on a comic book series, where the player fights against an evil warlord and his army of dinosaurs and mutants in a prehistoric world.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The game was originally planned to be released for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, but was moved to the Nintendo 64 due to its superior graphics and 3D capabilities.

  • The game was one of the first to use distance fog to hide the draw distance limitations of the Nintendo 64 hardware. This also created a sense of mystery and atmosphere in the game world.

  • The game was a huge commercial success, selling over 1.5 million copies and becoming one of the best-selling games for the Nintendo 64. It also boosted the sales of the console itself, as many gamers bought the Nintendo 64 just to play Turok.

ZOOTOPIA | 2016​

In 2016, Zootopia released in theaters. Zootopia is a movie that explores the themes of diversity, prejudice, and social justice through the adventures of a rabbit cop and a fox con artist in a city of animals.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The city of Zootopia is divided into 12 districts, each with its own climate and habitat, such as Sahara Square, Tundratown, Rainforest District, and Little Rodentia.

  • The animators created over 800,000 individual strands of fur for the main character, Judy Hopps, and gave her 18 different facial expressions.

  • The film’s soundtrack includes the original song “Try Everything” by Shakira, which reached the top 10 in several countries and has over 1 billion views on YouTube.

THE BATMAN | 2022

In 2022, The Batman premiered in theaters. The Batman is a superhero film that follows Batman’s investigation of a serial killer known as the Riddler, who targets Gotham’s corrupt elite.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Colin Farrell stated that he went to Starbucks to try out his prosthetics and makeup for the Penguin for the first time. Nobody recognized him, but he got a couple of stares from people.

  • Robert Pattinson revealed while auditioning for the role, he sneakily took a selfie in the batsuit as a memento “just in case it didn’t work out.”

  • The movie’s version of the Riddler was partly inspired by the infamous Zodiac Killer, an unidentified serial killer who operated in northern California in the late 1960s.

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