Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hot Nerd Thursday!

Since today is the day that mama T. gave the world little baby Evan T., I feel it necessary to post his article for "Hot Nerd Thursday". Don't forget to wish the big man a happy birthday if you see him! Enjoy!

Vin Diesel deserves some nerd props. Yeah, I just wrote that. Not a lot of people know about the nerdy side of the star of xXx and the Fast and the Furious franchise. It is there, however, and very, very real. Don't believe me? Well here it is.

1) he helped to create an entire sci fi universe. Like it or not there is no question that The Chronicles Of Riddick is a detailed environment filled with unique weapons, vehicles, planets and races. Laying the ground work for an eventually canceled  set of movies, Vin really did become a driving force for this franchise.

2) He founded his own video game development company. Vin wanted to create a game for his character Richard B Riddick but he didn't want this game to fall into the pit known as Movie Video Game Hell. So what did he do? He created his own. The company, Tigon, then put out The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay for the Xbox gaming system. It was praised for it's amazing graphics and it's innovative stealth game play. It also won awards from IGN, Gamespy, and Gamespot. Was Vin content with one fantastic game? Nope. He went on to make The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena and Wheelman. As someone who has played them all let me tell  you that Vin really has kept a geeks attention to detail in the games.

3)  He is an avid fan of Dungeons and Dragons. That isn't a typo. Vin Diesel is a big D&D geek. When they decided to write a book for Dungeons and Dragons 30th anniversary, who wrote the forward? Gary Gygax? Dave Arneson? Maybe a super famous nerd like Bill Gates? Nope. Vin Diesel. He wrote about his love for the game and his character, Melkor. His nerdyness is so high he even had a tattoo of his character's name on his torso in xXx.

That's a whole lot of geek. If that wasn't enough, he was the Iron Giant. Yeah. And if you don't know the Iron Giant then nerd status is under review.  Really, I know you all might be huge fans of his but you have to give Vin Diesel his geek cred, his nerd props. He has earned it.

Pictured: Vin Diesel. Not pictured: Vin diesel's brother Van Unleaded.

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