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 October 19th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System released in the US. This popular video game console revived the US gaming industry after a crash. It had many iconic games such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid.
Nerdy Fact: The NES had a secret code that could be entered in many games to unlock cheats or bonuses. The code was up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, and it was known as the Konami Code. It was first used in the arcade game Gradius, where it gave the player full power-ups. The code became famous after it was used in Contra, where it gave the player 30 extra lives.
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Also in 1985, Super Mario Bros. released in the US. This classic platform game was released for the NES and became one of the most influential and popular video games of all time. It features Mario and his brother Luigi as they rescue Princess Toadstool from the evil King Koopa in the Mushroom Kingdom.
Nerdy Fact: The game has a hidden coin block that contains 240 coins. It is located in World 3-1, near the end of the level. The player has to jump on a Koopa Troopa shell near a staircase, and then quickly jump on a block above it. This will reveal a coin block that will keep spitting out coins until the time runs out or the player collects 240 coins.
In 1994, Clerks premiered in theaters. This black-and-white comedy film depicts a day in the lives of two store clerks who deal with various customers, personal issues, and pop culture references.
Nerdy Fact: Clerks is loosely based on The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, hence the name of the protagonist, Dante Hicks. Also, there are nine breaks in the movie to represent the nine rings of hell.