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 30th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1973, The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129. He was introduced as an assassin hired by the Jackal to kill Spider-Man, who was falsely accused of murdering Norman Osborn.
Nerdy Fact: The Punisher has a code of honor that prevents him from killing innocent people, police officers, and American soldiers. He also respects Captain America as his hero and refuses to fight him.
JET SET RADIO
In 2000, Jet Set Radio released on the Dreamcast. This action game by Sega features a gang of graffiti-tagging inline skaters in a cel-shaded Tokyo.
Nerdy Fact: Jet Set Radio was inspired by late 1990s Japanese popular culture, such as the rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper and the anti-establishment themes in the film Fight Club. The game also featured graffiti designed by real artists, including Eric Haze, who created the logo for the game.
In 2010, Megamind premiered in theaters. This is a movie about a blue alien supervillain who defeats his heroic rival, but then creates a new enemy who turns out to be worse than him.
Nerdy Fact: The movie was intended as a vehicle for Ben Stiller, who was also an executive producer. He turned down the lead role, but voiced Bernard, the museum curator.
THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
In 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, all for the massive price tag of $4.05 billion.
Nerdy Fact: By 2018, Disney had already made its money back from buying Lucasfilm, as the Star Wars films alone had grossed $4.8 billion.