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10 most popular Nerdvana posts of 2012

Posted by on December 31, 2012 – 8:45 am

What were people reading on Nerdvana over the past year? Here’s a quick look back at some of our most popular content of 2012, with annotations from writers and editors where appropriate:

10. Monkees’ Davy Jones inspired Star Trek character Chekov

Davy Jones (left) and Walter Koenig as Chekov (right)

Jayson Peters: Few realized when Davy Jones passed away this year that he holds a significant place in sci-fi history. But while prevailing opinion holds that the mop-topped Russian character Pavel Chekov was added to the original Star Trek because Russians felt the show ignored their contributions to space travel, the casting and look of the character likely had more to do with the Monkees star’s popularity with young TV viewers.

9. Bane on a plane: Say what?

Bane and Batman from The Dark Knight Rises

Bob Leeper: One of the biggest flaws of The Dark Knight Rises was the unintelligible mumblings of its main bad guy, Bane. I had hoped that this would be fixed in the finished film, but Nolan was apparently content to have the character’s dialogue remain ambiguous. One of my 2013 New Year’s resolutions will be to try and decipher the villain’s mutterings on the Blu-ray disc.

8. Review: The Dark Knight Rises – Wayne, Bane, sweet Bat-Plane

Bob Leeper: I stand by my somewhat harsh review of Christopher Nolan’s final bat-film. This movie has some serious issues that I think most die-hard fans were willing to gloss over. It’s not a bad movie, but it certainly didn’t meet my admittedly high expectations. Did anyone even get my amazingly clever tagline play on Ted Nugent’s “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” song?

7. Wanna be a fighting Internet star? Cross Assault opens for auditions

Nerdvana contributor Christen Bejar wrote this post about the search for contestants in a reality show surrounding the release of Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken.The show drew widespread criticism for incidents of sexual harassment, likely and unfortunately accounting for this story’s ultimate ranking here. — Jayson Peters

6. AD&D 1st Edition premium reprints to help build Gary Gygax memorial

Jayson Peters: Wizards of the Coast, in the midst of an update to its venerable Dungeons & Dragons franchise, finally listened to many fans’ longtime pleas and began offering out-of-print content. To make this development even sweeter, some proceeds from the premium-edition reprints of AD&D 1st Edition are going to help erect a memorial to D&D co-creator Gary Gygax, whose name that has become synonymous with the RPG industry. He died in 2008.

Related: The 21 most popular things on Nerdvana in 2011


5. Review and retrospect: Diablo 3 beta

Nerdvana contributor Ryan Biggs wrote this early review of one of the most anticipated game releases of the year (decade?). You were right there with him. — Jayson Peters

4. Episode VII set 50 years after Episode VI? ‘Think further out,’ insider hints

Star Wars Episode VII NewsDustin Diehl wrote this post using his uncanny insight into all things Force-related — and personal connections within the Star Wars universe. Without a doubt, the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and the announcement that the Star Wars saga would continue is the pop culture story of 2012. The only thing that is certain at this point, however: Many exciting revelations await. — Jayson Peters

3. Will the last one at G4 please turn off the lights?

Jayson Peters: Now it’s widely known that G4, once a haven for gaming an gadget-porn content on television, is radically altering its format to become something of a high-class gentleman’s Spike TV. Flagship programs Attack of the Show and X-Play have been canceled. But when I wrote this post no announcement had been made, yet the writing was already on the wall — the network was losing talent left and right.

2. New Resident Evil: Retribution trailer — Who sold out?

Bob Leeper: Wow, I took some grief for this piece! People loves them some Resident Evil, and it’s always great to see fans passionate about their pop culture proclivities. I still haven’t had a chance to see this movie, but I wonder if those who defended the trailer so strongly ended up liking the finished film?

1. Review: Mirror Mirror – Names changed to protect the innocent

Bob Leeper: I was shocked to learn that this was such a popular post — way to go Snow White fans! Despite its many flaws, Mirror Mirror is a decent family film that explores some interesting ideas. I applaud its creators for NOT taking the dark route that so many of the trendy fairy tale redeuxs have explored.