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 26th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1984, The Terminator premiered in theaters. This science fiction film tells the story of a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of the future leader of a human resistance against machines.
Nerdy Fact: The Terminator came from a nightmare that director and co-writer James Cameron had while he was sick and stressed in Rome. He dreamed of a metallic torso crawling out of an explosion and dragging itself across the floor.
In 2000, the PlayStation 2 released in the US. This home video game console was released by Sony and became the best-selling console of all time with over 155 million units sold worldwide.
Nerdy Fact: The PS2 was so powerful that it was used by some organizations for supercomputing purposes. In 2000, the US Air Force linked 1,760 PS2s together to create a cluster computer for radar image processing. In 2003, a group of researchers at the University of Illinois used 70 PS2s to simulate black hole collisions.
In 2014, Interstellar premiered in theaters. This is a movie about a team of astronauts who embark on a perilous journey through a wormhole to find a new home for humanity in a distant galaxy.
Nerdy Fact: The robot TARS, which provides comic relief and assists the astronauts, was not computer-generated but a practical puppet controlled and voiced by Bill Irwin on set. The design of TARS was inspired by lollipop sticks.
In 2015, Supergirl premiered. This is a TV show about the adventures of Superman’s cousin, Kara Danvers, who reveals her powers and becomes a superheroine in National City.
Nerdy Fact: Melissa Benoist, who plays Supergirl, auditioned for the role wearing a homemade costume that she made with her husband. She said she wanted to show her enthusiasm and passion for the character.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION II
In 2018, Red Dead Redemption II released in the US. This is a game that tells the story of Arthur Morgan, a member of a gang of outlaws who struggles to survive in the changing and hostile world of the American Old West in 1899.
Nerdy Fact: The game has over 500,000 lines of dialogue, more than 300,000 animations, and around 1,200 actors.