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 November 22nd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
STAR TREK MAKES HISTORY… KINDA
In 1968, a monumental moment occurred when an interracial TV kiss occurred on an episode of Star Trek between Captain Kirk and Uhura. While not technically the first interracial kiss on TV, it is certainly the most well-known, and thus often is cited as the first of its kind.
Nerdy Fact: The first interracial kiss on television is debated, with several examples identified in the 1950s. For example, Shatner had another interracial kiss more than 10 years earlier on a 1958 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show, when he kissed France Nuyen, a person of Asian ancestry.
WHERE IS MY HOVERBOARD?
In 1989, Back to the Future Part II released in theaters. This sequel film is about a teenager and a scientist who travel to the future and the past to fix the consequences of a stolen book of sports results.
Nerdy Fact: The movie was the first film to accomplish interaction between the same actor on the screen twice as two different characters. The biggest effect in the movie is the VistaGlide, which allowed Michael J. Fox to play Marty McFly, Marty McFly Jr., and Marlene McFly in the same scene.
THE UNDERTAKER ARRIVES
In 1990, The Undertaker made his WWF debut at Survivor Series as the Million Dollar Man’s mystery partner. He wore a black coat, hat, and gloves, and was managed by Brother Love. He eliminated Koko B. Ware and Dusty Rhodes with his tombstone piledriver, and was disqualified for attacking the referee. He left a lasting impression on the wrestling world.
Nerdy Fact: Technically, he debuted 3 days prior on a taping of WWF Superstars, but he was called “Kane the Undertaker”. He was tweaked for the Pay-Per-View, where “Kane” was dropped for his name (and picked it later on as the name of his long-lost brother).
YOU! ARE! A! TOY!
In 1995, Toy Story released in theaters. This animated comedy film tells the story of the rivalry and friendship between a cowboy doll named Woody and a space ranger action figure named Buzz Lightyear, who come to life when their owner Andy is not around.
Nerdy Fact: Woody was originally a ventriloquist’s dummy, but the producers changed him to a pull-string doll because they thought dummies were too creepy for a kids’ movie (which they proved accurate in Toy Story 4).
RED RING OF DEATH
In 2005, the Xbox 360 released. This home video game console was released by Microsoft and competed with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles.
Nerdy Fact: The Xbox 360 has a 23.7% failure rate, which is much higher than its competitors. The most common problem is the “Red Ring of Death”, which indicates a hardware malfunction.
TECHNICALLY XBOX 3
In 2013, the Xbox One released. This home video game console developed by Microsoft offers a variety of games, multimedia features, online services, and accessories. It was released in the eighth generation of consoles.
Nerdy Fact: The Xbox One controller has over 40 improvements from the Xbox 360 controller, including a redesigned D-pad, impulse triggers, and a built-in battery compartment. Microsoft tested over 200 prototypes and spent over $100 million on developing the controller.
SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD
Also in 2013, Super Mario 3D World released on the Wii U. This game features five playable characters, a cat-themed power-up, and a co-operative multiplayer mode. The game follows Mario and his friends as they try to rescue the Sprixie Princesses from Bowser in a colorful and diverse world.
Nerdy Fact: The game has a glitch that allows the player to duplicate items, such as the Double Cherry power-up, which creates a clone of the character. The glitch involves picking up an item while another character is holding it, which causes the item to spawn again. This can be used to create multiple clones and cause chaos in the game.
In 2017, Coco released in theaters. This movie is about a young boy who discovers his musical heritage and reconnects with his ancestors in the Land of the Dead.
Nerdy Fact: The movie has a record-breaking number of individual characters, with more than 500 different skeleton designs and over 7000 crowd characters. Each character has a unique look and personality, and some of them are based on the relatives of the filmmakers.