As 2012 draws to an end, everyone is putting together a list of the top whatever from the year. One of the nice things about being self-proclaimed geeks is that we don’t have to go with the mainstream and accept anyone’s top X list. Instead, we can simply look back on the year and remember some of our favorite experiences for geeks. This list does not claim to be either comprehensive or definitive. These are just some of the favorite memories for a group of geeks living in the year 2012.
4. Disney Buys Lucasfilm and Announces Plans for Episode VII
The worldwide droughts this summer were quickly compensated for when the hordes of Star Wars fans collectively drooled millions of gallons over the prospect of an Episode VII being released under the watchful eye of the great entertainment company Disney. Some fans had even more cause for celebration, knowing that one of their favorite stories would go on, but with the added benefit that George Lucas would not be able to ruin it with his awful directing skills.
3. The Power of Three
Chances are that 2012 brought you the third edition of your favorite game. Assassins Creed III, Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3, and Diablo 3 all gave gamers plenty of trilogy-completing goodness to enjoy. While the verdict is still out on whether or not some of these thirds lived up to the expectations of gamers, however, 2012 was quite the year for major titles to release numbers three in their respective franchises.
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Geeks around the world rejoiced at the release of the first of the prequel movies to the Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson keeps fans of the series smiling with his return to this epic fantasy classic, and we’ll have to see if his push to transition to 48 frames per second reverberates throughout the movie industry.
1. Peter Hollens and Linsey Stirling Cover the Skyrim Theme
One voice, one violin, and an epic quantity of sheer awesomeness. That’s what happens when you combine one of the most talented vocalists in the world with everyone’s favorite dubstep violinist and add in some of the best video game music of the decade. Throw in a geeky music video where Hollens and Stirling venture around in costume only to fight at the end, and this presentation produced a series of nerdgasms that made Fifty Shades of Grey seem like a children’s bedtime story.