Happy Friday! Over the past week or so, bit by bit, I've assembled a geek test. Categories of questions include science fiction, web culture, video games, comics, RPGs, computers, and fantasy fiction. I tried to make it a fairly well-rounded geek test. You've got to write down your answers as you go (use notepad) and the answers are in the comments. Enjoy!
GEEK TRIVIA1- The binary number 00101010 equates to...? (4 points)
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1. The binary number 00101010 equates to...?
The answer is 42. In binary, the rightmost column represents one, the next represents two, the next four, and so on. So 00101010 = 32+8+2 = 42. If you got it right, give yourself 4 points.
2. What video game popularized the phrase "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US!"?
Zero Wing. This video game became popular because of its horrible translation. It also included such phrases as "SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB!" and "YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME!" If you said Zero Wing, give yourself 3 points.
3.Name five web browsers.
Any of the following are acceptible.
Although these are the most popular browsers, there are many more valid answers. Give yourself one point for each one you guessed, up to a maximum of three.
4. What does the acronym THAC0 stand for?
THAC0 is an acronym used in 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. It stands for To Hit Armor Class 0. Give yourself 3 points if you knew.
5. What type of creature is the spacecraft Moya, and what is her single defensive maneuver?
In the science fiction television show Farscape, Moya is a leviathan; a living spacecraft. And her single defensive maneuver is the starburst, which allows her to travel at near-light speeds. Give yourself 2 points if you knew Moya was a leviathan, and 2 points if you knew about the starburst.
6- What is The Tick's Battle Cry?
Spooon! The Tick is a comic superhero created by Ben Edlund. The Tick appeared in comics in 1986, and in a cartoon on the FOX television network in 1994. Give yourself 3 points if you got it.
7- Name three computer operating systems.
The most obvious three (at least to me) are Windows, Mac's OSX, and some flavor of Linux/Unix. Others may include DOS or Palm OS, but there are many. Give yourself one point each, up to a maximum of three.
8- What is Bilbo's sword's name?
Sting. Bilbo found it in a troll hoard. Although just a dagger to a man, Sting made an excellent weapon for a hobbit. Give yourself 3 points if you got this right.
9- What is Arya Stark's sword's name?
10- Who was the protagonist in Grim Fandango?
11- In what movie does Jack Burton drive the Pork Chop Express?
When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."
Jack Burton was one of Kurt Russell's most memorable characters ever. He appeared in the movie Big Trouble in Little China. Only 2 points for this one.
12- Who are the 5 members of the Justice League?
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern are the most common members of The Justice League, although in different incarnations there have been others. Other valid choices include Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Captain Marvel, Plastic Man, and Martian Manhunter. Give yourself one point for each correct guess, up to a total of five.
13- What does USB stand for?
Universal Serial Bus. USB cables are a common method for connecting devices and peripherals to computers. 2 points if you knew.
14- Traditionally, in Dungeons and Dragons, what is the chief difference between chromatic and metallic dragons?
If you're a big enough geek to know that chromatic dragons (the red, blue, and black ones) are evil and that metallic dragons (gold, silver, and bronze) are good, give yourself 3 points.
15- Fill in the blank: Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, ________! ________!
Mushroom, Mushroom! If you didn't know this one, you miss the 2 points, but you might consider yourself lucky. That damn badgers video has been all over the web for a long time, and once it starts running through your head it may never stop. Did someone tell you to make sure and not miss the ending?
16- Which former cast member of a popular science fiction television program was hated as a character on that show, but has since become a much-loved internet celebrity?
Wil Wheaton was a child actor with major roles in such greats as Stand By Me and Toy Soliders, but gained popularity only when he played Ensign Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. People hated the whiny, annoying character who always came out on top (damn him) but after the series' cancellation, people found that Wil himself was actually pretty damn cool. If you knew about Wil, give yourself 4 points.
These analogies are all comparing Microsoft languages to their open market equivalents. First for compiled code (Python/VB), then for server-side code (PHP/ASP), and lastly for web scripting. There are two valid answers: VBScript, and JScript. If you knew one of these, you've earned 4 points.
18- What are the names of the male and female halves of The Source through which Aes Sedai can channel The Power?
I'm speaking of course of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and of Saidar and Saidin. 3 points for a correct answer.
19- Name three survival horror video games. Sequels do not count.
Valid answers include, but are not limited to the following.
20- What was the name of the stormtrooper who was not at his post in A New Hope?
TK421. True Star Wars junkies only - others need not apply. If you knew it, congratulations. Here's 4 points.
21- Deep Thought was able to give us the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything, but not the question. What is the name of the computer designed by Deep Thought to calculate The Question?
Earth. Yes, the planet Earth itself. If you knew, here's 3 points. Sorry about your homeworld.
22- What is the name of the device, which when installed in a Delorean, makes time travel possible?
The Flux Capacitor. It requires 1.21 gW of electricity and a speed of 88mph, but it is the Flux Capacitor which actually makes time travel possible in Back to the Future. 3 points if you knew (unless your initials are PMD in which case you only get 2 points, because it was too obvious)
23- Name the video games that the following characters come from: Kratos, Master Chief, Blanka, Jill Redfield, The King of All Cosmos.
Kratos was the (anti)hero from the Playstation 2 title God of War.
Master Chief is the faceless character you play in the XBox Halo series. I still think that under that mask, it's Chuck Norris.
Blanka is the monstrous green electrified fighter from Capcom's Street Fighter series.
Jill Valentine is one of the protagonists in the Resident Evil series, appearing in most of the Resident Evil games.
The King of All Cosmos is a massive, god-like monarch who rules over the cosmos in Katamari Damacy, including all the stars and planets in the sky. Although he grew up on or near Earth, he is constantly perplexed and surprised by the boundless limits of human creativity as expressed by the sheer number of "things" on Earth.
Give yourself 1 point for each game you knew.
24- BASIC is an acronym that stands for what?
Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. 3 points if you knew.
25- From what movie does this quote come? "The digital pimp, hard at work"
This is a quote from The Matrix, from Trinity to Mouse, regarding his offer to Neo to arrange a meeting with The Woman in the Red Dress. 2 points if you got it.
26- Who is this? (pic)
Ellen Feiss. After appearing in an Apple commercial in 2002, she became an internet phenomenon. In the commercial, she complained that her father's Windows PC "was like, bleep bleepbeepbeep" and then "devoured" her school paper, which she then had to rewrite quickly, which was "like... a bummer". Here's the video. For recognising Ellen Feiss, you get 4 points.
27- What is 802.11?
IEEE 802.11 is a very common wi-fi standard for wireless networking. It's so common that you only get 2 points if you knew.
28- What is the surname of the family of protagonists in Castlevania?
Belmont. Although the Castlevania series has had many protagonists, The Belmonts have always been at the heart of things. 3 points.
29- What does GURPS stand for?
You may never have played it, but if you're into tabletop RPGs, you've likely heard of GURPS, the Generic Universal Role Playing System. 3 points for being geek enough.
30- Other than the title character, name any character from the movie Akira
Valid answers include Kaneda and Tetsuo, but there are others.
31- In the movie 2001, what does HAL stand for?
This is the only question in the test that I didn't know the answer to without looking it up. The HAL 9000 is the Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer. A pity I only have 4 points left to give you if you got it, 'cause that was a hard one.
Please comment to let me know how you did!
49 points or less
Sorry, you are not a geek.
F. Borderline. If you plan on calling yourself a geek, first spend some serious time at a computer fair or with the unwashed masses at GenCon. Maybe a good bit of geek will rub off on you.
D. Well, you may be a geek, but you need to bone up on your sci-fi, read a couple Robert Jordan books, and spend more time in front of your PC.
C. Good job. You're solidly within geek territory.
B. You're definately a geek. Congrats.
A. Grade A supergeek. Go brag to your friends.
You're obviously cheating. Subtract 51 points from your score, loser.