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YouTube Geek Week

YouTube embraces superheroes and sci-fi with its first ever Geek Week

Quick test: Which regeneration of the Doctor did Matt Smith play? Which planet is Thor from? What do you call dressing up in costume and acting as a specific character? No clue? Then you may not be the target market for YouTube’s next project.

The video site is aiming to showcase some geek culture by pronouncing 4-10 August its first ever ‘Geek Week’ and promoting some of the genre’s top channels which cover everything from sci-fi to comics, gaming and superheroes. To do this, its own channel will be featuring videos from users like Nerdist, the official Doctor Who channel, MinutePhysics and more than a hundred others, with every day of the week hosted by a different user. It’ll even include the first trailer for the new Thor movie, The Dark World.

The full schedule looks like this:

Blockbuster Sunday: A celebration of the iconic characters, movies and shows that define geek culture — plus a spotlight on the best original YouTube sci-fi, fantasy and animation.

Global Geekery Monday: Anime from Tokyo, comic book heroes from Delhi, and a celebration of “Doctor Who.” Explore geek culture from around the world.

Brainiac Tuesday: Science, education and knowledge channels that make YouTube the world’s biggest platform for learning.

Super Wednesday: From hilarious parodies to real-life superpowers, explore superheroes, the supernatural and the super-weird. Plus, released exclusively for Geek Week, the trailer for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World.

Gaming Thursday: A gamers’ paradise, with live play-throughs, video games in real life, game-inspired original series and much more.

Fan Friday: Sci-fi-themed cooking, incredible cosplay and impassioned nerd debates as YouTube’s biggest fans take centre stage.

The team has already put together a playlist to get the ball rolling, featuring quirky geek trivia tests and even a tutorial on how to get the perfect Hatsune Miku look. According to YouTube, they’ll also be sneaking in some geeky Easter eggs (hidden, entertaining things developers build into a website or program) for the fans to find, and the ability for serious hunters to collect badges for each one they find.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More